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Autism Speaks Celebrates Second Annual World Autism Awareness Day with an Array of International Events on April 2
Date:3/13/2009

New York Stock Exchange Bell-Ringing, Yoko Ono Lennon Event at the UN, and "Walk on the Web" Highlight Global Autism Awareness Activities

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 13, 2009 -- Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization, today announced a series of national and international events to mark the second annual celebration of World Autism Awareness Day, a global effort to heighten awareness about a disorder affecting millions of individuals and families around the world. WAAD is a result of a resolution passed unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008, making autism one of only three health issues to be recognized by the UN with its own "day." The April 2 events will take place on multiple continents and in venues ranging from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to the United Nations and the Worldwide Web.

Autism Speaks Co-Founders Bob and Suzanne Wright, together with Autism Speaks Board Member Alison Niederauer - who has a son on the autism spectrum and is the wife of NYSE Euronext CEO Duncan Niederauer - will join other families affected by autism to kick off World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) at the New York Stock Exchange, where they will ring the opening bell for the second consecutive year.

"Last year's WAAD events were a remarkable success, and we are confident that the scope of this year's activities will help elevate autism as a topic of international discussion and exploration," said Suzanne Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks. "On this day, we will highlight the tremendous contributions of individuals with autism, as well as the strength and dedication of their families. Together, we are inspiring compassion, inclusion and hope by building a global autism community whose voice is finally being heard."

Later that morning at the United Nations, artist Yoko Ono Lennon will
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