World Autism Awareness Day 2014

Schools to Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day in Multi-Colour

For list of participating schools & organisations scroll down

The 2nd April marks World Autism Awareness Day and around New Zealand some schools and organisations have adopted Autism New Zealand’s initiative: Multicoloured Mayhem Day.

Multicoloured Mayhem Day has been initiated in order to provide a day of celebration honouring the differences of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Dressing up in multicolour can be seen as an expression of the variety of ways in which the disorder can present itself

Autism New Zealand CEO Dane Dougan says “This is an opportunity for all schools and organisations in New Zealand to raise awareness and understanding of ASD, whilst at the same time enabling participants to dress in multicolour, dress like a rainbow or find their own way to add a little colour to the world.”

Autism New Zealand advocates World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), which they believe shines a bright light on Autism Spectrum Disorders. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of ASD and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention.

Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe. By bringing together autism organisations all around the world, Autism New Zealand believes that WAAD will give a voice to the millions of individuals worldwide who are undiagnosed, misunderstood and looking for help.

On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, tabled by the State of Qatar, which declares 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in perpetuity. The resolution gained consensus support from all United Nations Member States. This UN resolution brings the world's attention to autism, a developmental disability that affects tens of millions. The World Autism Awareness Day resolution encourages all Member States to take measures to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) throughout society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention. It further expresses deep concern at the prevalence and high rate of autism in children (e.g. diagnosis rates rising from 1 in 100 to 1 in 88 in America) in all regions of the world and the consequent developmental challenges.

Media Enquires please contact: Dane Dougan (022) 639 0205

Autism NZ or Programme enquires please contact: Mercedes Glover (04) 803 3501

Participating Schools & Organisations

  • James Street School
  • Waiouru School
  • Te Poi School
  • St George's School
  • Queenspark Primary
  • Silverstream South School
  • Otumoetai College
  • Cromwell College
  • Glenfield Intermediate School
  • Chaucer School
  • Avalon Intermediate
  • Prospect School
  • Tawa Primary School
  • Rangitoto School
  • Smart Energy Solutions Ltd 
  • St Patrick's School
  • Beckenham School
  • Southbridge School
  • Taita College
  • Amberley School
  • CPIT - Department of Humanities
  • Kaiapoi North School
  • Omokoroa Point School
  • Kea St Specialist School
  • Gladstone School
  • Mataura School
  • Palmerston Preschool
  • Fidelity Life
  • Nelson Central School
  • Waikanae Primary School
  • Stanhope Road School
  • Ahuroa School
  • Hutt Intermediate School
  • St. Andrews Chilton Kindergarten
  • Kaurilands School
  • Wellington Aftercare
  • Amuri Area School
  • Pirongia School
  • TNS
  • Piopio College
  • Martinborough School
  • Arahunga School
  • Alexandra Primary School
  • Family Matters
  • Heaton Intermediate
  • Flanshaw Road School
  • Dannevirke South School
  • Hurunui District Council
  • Tekura School
  • Alpha Support Centre
  • Isleworth School
  • CCS Disability Action
  • Springston School
  • Waitemata DHB

Further Information:

Autism New Zealand

 Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people with Autism, Asperger  Syndrome and those with associated conditions for their family/whanau, caregivers and professionals working with them.

Autism New Zealand is the largest not-for-profit Autism specific service provider in New Zealand for children, young people and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. We have 14 branches nationwide with the National Office based in Wellington.

 It is estimated that 1 in every 88 children is on the autism spectrum. Based on this figure – that’s approximately 50,000 Kiwis, and the number is growing daily.

 Surveys have shown that parents of children with autism suffer the highest stress levels of any condition including terminal illness. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to be diagnosed in boys than girls.

Autism New Zealand provides:  

A central resource for families and professionals seeking information and advice about autism.

Education for parents, carers and professionals in the form of courses such as EarlyBird, FANZ, Way to Play, specialist teacher training, conferences, seminars with local and overseas experts.

Services such as 0800 help line; new parent information packs; fact sheets; newsletters; e-news; etc.

Local branch services such as Outreach Coordinators, support groups and other programmes across the country