The Social Protection Division in the Ministry of Social Development joined the global community in observing World Autism Awareness Day on Thursday April 2nd.

The day has been observed each year since 2008, to raise awareness of autism and aspergers syndrome around the world.  Autism is a developmental disorder that refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and non-verbal communication.

This year, the day was observed with the theme: The Transition to Adulthood, which focuses on issues relating to the development of autistic persons as they transition to adulthood. 

The staff in the Social Protection Division observed the day this year with a display of hand painting, and the wearing of a multi colored autism awareness ribbon. In addition, the work area was decorated with balloons bearing the autism symbol.