Autism advocates hope to foster awareness and acceptance

Autism advocates hope to foster awareness and acceptance

You may have noticed many people wearing blue on Monday to show their support for World Autism Day.

World Autism Day is about creating awareness and acceptance of the condition.

In conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak urged the people to enhance their awareness of early education for autistic children.

Marshall Scarpulla, 15, is one of three children in his family with autism. "With help in attaining the above developmental social milestones, autistic children, young adults, and even adults can follow the developmental progression approach that leads to enjoying relationships and engaging in meaningful communication".

Around one in every 100 people in the United Kingdom are estimated to have autism, and it is more boys that are diagnosed with the condition than girls.

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"The dad-of-two also wants to highlight: "[That] autistic people are bullied at a hugely disproportionate rate compared to people without autism. He said that World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized day that represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands of people facing an autism diagnosis each year. "One of the core deficits of autism is that children are rigid and have limited interests".

Scott Crocker, the executive director of the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, says it's important to have proper information gathering in order to plan and offer programming.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 children in the U.S. have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the U.S. People with ASD often have problems with social, emotional, and communication skills. "Moreover, a lot of the children have anxiety as a co-existing condition, which makes it harder", she said.

"We still unfortunately have the misconception from previous media portrayals that kids with autism are nonverbal, are going to sit in the corner, and just rock or flap their hands", Dr. Kuriakose says. "I will accomplish this goal and people will see that having autism is nothing to be ashamed of, they can still do great things".

Sultana Afdhal, CEO of World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH, ) a global initiative of Qatar Foundation said that WISH had published a comprehensive report on autism in 2016. 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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