We joined the world in commemorating World Autism Awareness Day by hosting a webinar on autism spectrum disorder on the 3rd of April, 2023. The webinar was structured to raise awareness and debunk common myths and misconceptions around Autism. It was attended by over 100 people from all over the world, including parents, teachers, healthcare professionals, and individuals on the Autism spectrum.
The event started with an introduction to Autism and the importance of spreading awareness. The speakers highlighted how Autism is a complex developmental disorder that affects an individual's social interactions, communication, and behavior. However, they emphasized that Autism is not a disease, and many people on the spectrum lead fulfilling lives.
Dr. Lisa Kafula Nkonde, a Pediatric Neurologist at the University Teaching Hospitals Children's Hospital in Zambia was the Guest speaker who gave a presentation on the Autism spectrum and dealt with common myths and misconceptions around the spectrum. Ms. Gondwe- of the National Autism Association of Zambia (NAAZ) wound up the webinar by sharing the work that NAAZ is doing with regard to Autism in Zambia.
Throughout the webinar, viewers were encouraged to ask questions, and the speakers provided helpful answers and insights. The audience was also invited to share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #WorldAutismAwarenessDay.
World Autism Awareness Day webinar was an excellent forum to raise awareness and bust common myths and misconceptions about Autism. It promoted understanding and acceptance of individuals on the Autism spectrum and highlighted the importance of creating a more inclusive society. By providing a platform for individuals with Autism to share their experiences, the webinar challenged viewers to reconsider their preconceived notions about this complex disorder.