On April 2 every year, the global autism community celebrates World Autism Awareness Day, which was declared by the United Nations in 2007.
This year, campaigners engaged in creating awareness about the disorder in India call for early diagnosis to facilitate early intervention.
Hema Malini Jairam, founder-director of We CAN (We Challenge Autism Now), a Chennai-based organization, said that diagnosing the disorder early helps the child to overcome her or his difficulties to a large extent.
Though autism is a life-long disability, medical experts describe it as a spectrum disorder, whose degree of impairment varies from individual to individual.
If some persons with autism require substantial assistance to lead their life, some need minimal assistance.
"There are also several successful people among persons suffering from autism. There is a need to focus on the unique talents and skills of persons with autism," Malini Jairam said.
Ms. Jairam also emphasized the need for more such organizations and facilities that have expertise to provide scientific intervention to persons with autism.
"We need organizations like Mysore District Parents' Association for Empowering Developmentally Disabled (MDPAEDD) and Ashiyana in Udayagiri that support children with autism with their own programmes," she said.