Autism Cook Islands programme manager Kat Jensen promotes Autism awareness month in downtown Avarua yesterday. MELINA ETCHES/22040603
Rarotonga residents are being asked to “light it up blue” tomorrow in honour of World Autism Awareness Day.
The month of April is recognised as autism awareness month worldwide and Autism Cook Islands has been holding events with aim to foster understanding and acceptance for those with autism.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a
life-long development disorder affecting social skills, language and
communication skills and flexibility with thinking.
The disorder has no single known cause, and signs tend
to appear between the ages of two to three years.
In the past 12 months, 18 new families have registered
with Autism Cook Islands.
Tomorrow, schools, organisations, workplaces and
sports teams are encouraged to wear anything blue and make a donation towards the
Autism Cook Islands community programmes and initiatives.
Families in mandatory isolation due to Covid-19 can
also join in the fun, by posting a “Blue day Iso” photo of their household in
blue to be in for a chance to win a care package.
If you want to support Autism Cook Islands and their
programmes, visit the Autism stall at the bus stop in town located opposite the
Cook Islands Police station from 10am to 1pm today and tomorrow from 9am to 3pm.
The stall is selling T-Shirts $20 kids and $25 for adults and drawstring bags,
bands and ribbons.
Autism Cook Islands is a locally registered charity
working to: raise awareness about autism, improve the opportunities and
resources for those with autism and assisting families of people with autism.