BRACEBRIDGE — World Autism Day was celebrated here Tuesday.

Mayor Graydon Smith was joined by students, parents, teachers, and supporters to raise the Autism Ontario flag to recognize World Autism Awareness Day.

World Autism Awareness Day was officially recognized for the first time on April 2, 2013 in Canada, says a town release Tuesday.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects more than 100,000 Ontarians. ASD is now recognized as the most common neurological disorder, affecting 1 in every 94 children, as well as their friends, family and community.

Autism Ontario is the leading source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. For more information on Autism Ontario, please visit:

“It is an honour for the Town of Bracebridge to participate in World Autism Awareness Day”, said Smith. “We have many amazing members of our community affected by ASD. By raising the flag, we celebrate their accomplishments and increase awareness of the challenges these exceptional individuals face on a daily basis.”