The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who are affected by the disorder so they can lead full and meaningful lives.
The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has issued stamps and the first day covers on 2 April 2012 in recognition of World Autism Day. The stamps and the artists who designed them will together raise awareness about this important global cause.
The final selection of the artwork was the result of a worldwide search for talented artists with autism who were eager to share their designs with the United Nations Postal Administration. Head of the UNPA Graphic Design Unit, Ms. Rorie Katz decided to feature the artwork of people with autism to educate others of their passion, talents, and creativity.