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The “National Trust” is an autonomous organization of the ‘Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment’, Government of India, set up to find an answer to the worries of the parents of the children with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities.
According to the “National Trust”, India :
- Autism affects as many as 1 in 150 children and 1 in 94 boys,
- Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism
- Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the world
- More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with diabetes, cancer, & AIDS combined
- Autism does not discriminate by geography, class or ethnicity.
- There is no medical detection or cure for autism, but early diagnosis and intervention improve outcomes.
As declared by the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization/UNO, the World Autism Awareness Day/WAAD is celebrated on every 2nd of April since the year 2008.
Blue is the official colour assigned to ‘autism’ and ‘Light It Up with Blue’ / LIUB is an initiative to light up the buildings throughout the world with blue lights on the World Autism Awareness Day, the 2nd April every year.
In India, many important buildings and monuments in the major cities had been lighted with blue lights in celebration of the ‘World Autism Awareness Day’, on 2nd April 2014.
The following is a list of important buildings and historical monuments in India lighted with blue on 2nd April 2014, the WAAD:
- Agra Fort, Agra,
- Red Fort, New Delhi,
- Humayun’s Tomb, New Delhi,
- Safdarjung Tomb, New Delhi,
- Purana Quila, New Delhi,
- Jantar Mantar, New Delhi,
- Qutab Minar, New Delhi,
- The World Heritage site of the ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus’, Mumbai,
- Rippon Buildings, Chennai and
- Tiruchirappalli Junction Railway Station, Tiruchirappalli.