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Autism Awareness Day

Friday, April 2, 2021

World Autism Awareness Day is recognized internationally on April 2 every year, encouraging awareness and support for people with autistic spectrum disorders throughout the world.

Epilepsy and autism are often interconnected: It is estimated that over 30% of people with epilepsy also meet the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder,1 a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects social communication and restrictive and repetitive interests.

Learn about the links between epilepsy and autism in the webinar The Epilepsy-Autism Connection: Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment and stay tuned for the upcoming Seizing Life episode, Epilepsy and Autism with Liane Kupferberg Carter, on April 14.

1 Spence, S., Schneider, M. The Role of Epilepsy and Epileptiform EEGs in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Pediatr Res 65, 599–606 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1203/PDR.0b013e31819e7168.