Today is World Autism Awareness Day

Phillip Cunningham
April 3, 2018

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that out of every 68 children, one suffers from autism in the country. The findings of the study reflect the hardships faced by parents of autistic children to ensure an "inclusive" education for their children.

M Abdul Hamid said autistic children have the equal rights and privileges as well as abilities to grow and contribute to society.

"It depends on the child how long s/he will take to learn", said Suganthi, adding, "‘Their attention span while learning is a maximum of 20 minutes, not more than that". "Bengal is committed to building India's first autism township".

More than 3.5 million Americans fall somewhere on the autism spectrum, according to the Autism Society of America; about 1 in 68 children in the US are identified as having ASD, according to the CDC. The Autistic disorder is believed to occur at the rate of 8 cases per 10000 children (0.008%) and occurs before three years of age.

Proud mum Amanda said: "It wasn't until people started commenting on her book that we began to see the parallel between it and Elizabeth's own struggles".

ASD is not a developmental dead end for the child or the family.

According to the official, since the last World Autism Awareness Day, WISH has helped develop swimming sessions, horse riding sessions and football training for children with autism.

In her blue dress and blue shoes, 18-year-old Stephanie Slagle celebrates World Autism Day by displaying her talents. "The only way to know for sure whether you are autistics is to get a formal diagnosis". So i would like to bring it to notice that there are support groups available for caregivers of ASD which would help them cope better with the situation.

"There would still be need for speech or OT educational, behavior treatments", he said.

With a strong teaching curriculum based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and 1:1 teacher-student balance, ACE reaches out to 35 children aged between 3 and 17 years with a staff of 40.

These children, he said, could be turned into skilled manpower if public sector comes forward to help them along with the government to unfold their potentials. Autism Specialist Haleema Sadia shared this information with the participants of the awareness drive organised by Shifa International Hospital at F-9 Park. To mark the occasion, artist Kim Raymont - whose four children went to the nursery, and who was formerly a governor - created a litho print of its grounds.

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