- World Autism Day
2017 is celebrated on April 2nd to raise awareness about autism
and discuss how rights of people with autism can be upheld in the society.
- Ms Saima Wazed
Hossain has been designated by The World Health Organization
South-East Asia Region as its champion to enhance commitment and to
improve awareness about autism
- A special autism
carnival is being conducted to provide a platform for autistic children to
showcase their talents in Delhi.
Autism Day 2017 is celebrated on April 2nd
to highlight the issues
faced by children with autism, their struggles and the need for society to
support their well-being. Autism
is a condition that limits social skills of the child with an increased
tendency for repetitive behavior. In spite of the affliction, men and women who
have grown up with autism, have contributed significantly to literature,
technology, art and business.
An increased awareness about this condition
would aid in better acceptance in society.
'Toward autonomy and self determination'
view of World Autism Day, the United Nations
has asked for the rights of
people with autism to be upheld. Autism affects more than 70 million
people across the world. The secretary General of The United Nations,
Mr.António Guterres, said that the society should ensure that the required
accommodations and support are provided to people with autism. This will help
them face life with a lot more enthusiasm and help them feel empowered.
‘‘Toward autonomy and self determination’’
states that 1 to 2% of the world population is afflicted with autism spectrum
disorder, with 1 in 160 children being afflicted by this condition
Autism is a neurological disorder that appears in the first
three years of life and there are a varying range of symptoms from mild social
and communication difficulties to associated learning difficulties. A
special event to mark the World Autism Day 2017 was conducted by the United
Nations in New York and to raise awareness about this condition.
for Public Information, Cristina Gallach
said that there was a need to make sure that the fundamental rights of people
with disabilities was known and respected.
To commemorate World Autism Day (2nd April 2017), the President of The United States, Mr. Donald Trump
announced that the White House will be lit blue. He stressed the need to improve
awareness and care for people with autism and to uphold their rights in
World Autism Day in
the Asian subcontinent
Saima Wazed Hossain
has been designated
by The World Health Organization South-East Asia Region as its champion to
enhance commitment and to improve awareness about autism.
Her role involves spreading knowledge among
parents and caregivers and addressing the suffering of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Poonam Khetrapal Singh said "Ms Hossain's dedicated and unprecedented efforts
have put autism high on the health agenda in her country Bangladesh, and helped
get substantial regional and global attention to autism spectrum disorder and
other mental and neurodevelopmental disorders. Her support as Regional Champion
is expected to garner momentum for awareness and action in member countries, as
much remains to be done for autism in across the Region,"
Unique Carnival for
World Autism Day in New Delhi- 'My Playground'
for Child & Adolescent Wellbeing, a Delhi based organization
is conducting its 5th Autism Carnival which aims to be the much needed
awareness enhancement event. The carnival promises to be a lot of fun for the
parents and the children, but it is not limited to fun alone, as it also meant
to be a platform for these children to bring out their innate talents. There
are many Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) -friendly games, music and dance
programs, talent shows, sensory activities, and fancy dress acts. 'Spectrum
Stars' is a special category where children with interesting talent can
showcase their abilities.
Ms. Indu Chaswal, an expert therapist and parent of child
with autism says, "Feel like you are sitting in a chair that has a broken leg,
wearing heavily starched clothes and there are loud noises all around you. What
if you do not have the words to express your predicament? This, precisely, can
be a moment of life for a person with Autism."
Dr. Deepak Gupta, child and adolescent psychiatrist and
the founder of Center for Child & Adolescent
points out that, "Children with
autism may not look at you in the eye, may not listen to what you are saying
and may keep on talking without any social relevance. They may flap their
hands or twirl their fingers and people around will find this behavior
Dr. Gupta adds that people with autism have certain
activities or interests that they like to be involved in, perhaps in a manner
that is more intense and focused than others. More often these interests become
skills that they can excel in. "With appropriate support,
children under Autism Spectrum Disorder can accomplish many regular tasks
done by all of us. We need to create greater levels of understanding and an
accepting world. The World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) is a precise
expression for inculcating a deep understanding," says Dr. Shilpa Gupta, a
parenting coach and therapist running the Parental Support Wing of CCAW.
Every child under Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
is unique in his or her own way, an attitude that our
society is yet to understand and appreciate. Normality itself is a human
construct and open to debate. "Though medical interventions are
moving at a slow pace, but with constant efforts we will certainly be able to
achieve a big breakthrough in near future," says Dr. Deepak Gupta.
Due to lack of awareness about ASD, recognizing the same in
one's child becomes more challenging. Ms. Indu Chaswal concludes, "There
is a prime need for raising awareness so not only does detection become easier
but ways for beating the day-to-day challenges may readily be derived from
continuous community support. Autism Carnival is a free awareness centric
event, involving panel of experts and allied professionals."
In India there are few support groups on Autism Spectrum
Disorder and what is required is awareness among parents, schools and teachers
so that we pick up these learning disorders early.
theme for '
World Autism Day 2017' to
provide autonomy and self determination is the second step, however the first
step is awareness of the disorder.
- President Donald J. Trump Proclaims April 2, 2017 as World Autism Awareness Day - (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/31/president-donald-j-trump-proclaims-april-2-2017-world-autism-awareness)
- World Autism Awareness Day - (http://www.un.org/en/events/autismday/)
- UN calls for recognizing the rights of people with autism to make their own decisions - (http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56478#.WN9XQtKGPIU)