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The Autism Association of Namibia celebrated World Autism Day along with the rest of the world.

World Autism Awareness Day, observed annually on April 2, is an internationally recognized day that encourages Member States of the United Nations to raise awareness about autistic individuals worldwide.

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurological and developmental disorder that affects how people interact with others, communicate, learn, and behave.

It is characterized by severe deficits in social interaction and communication, as well as abnormal behavior patterns like repetitive movements or a fixation on specific objects.

The behavioral symptoms of autism spectrum disorder typically manifest early in development, with many children showing signs by 12 to 18 months of age or even earlier.

According to Petra Dillmann, the Director of the Autism Association of Namibia, autism can affect anyone, regardless of gender, race, or economic background.

Dillmann also emphasizes that autism can be diagnosed at any age.

Some common symptoms of autism include limited or no babbling, decreased eye contact, and a stronger interest in objects rather than people.

The theme for this year's World Autism Day is "Moving from Surviving to Thriving."

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