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CAMH Marks World Autism Awareness Day

"World Autism Awareness Day is about more than generating understanding; it is a call to action. I urge all concerned to take part in fostering progress by supporting education programmes, employment opportunities and other measures that help realize our shared vision of a more inclusive world."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the World Autism Awareness Day 2014


April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, a day dedicated to increasing people's awareness about the most common neurological disorder in children.  Autism affects 1 in 88 children and is four time more prevalent in boys than in girls.

One of the foremost experts on autism in Canada is Dr. Peter Szatmari, Chief of the Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative between CAMH, the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto. Additionally, Dr. Szatmari holds the Patsy and Jamie Anderson Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health.

On April 2, Dr. Szatmari will be a guest on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin. The Agenda tackles the range of impairments in social interaction, communication and behaviours that are known as autism. Don’t miss it!

Dr. Peter Szatmari
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