Autism advocates hope to foster awareness and acceptance

Author Elizabeth Jade and library manager Stephanie Franklin

"It hurt me to my core". "We conduct parents-teachers meeting every month to know the childrens behaviour problem", said Sudha Naik, a special educator in a school on OMR. In fact, it did the opposite. In Kenya, no official statistics have been released, however the Autism Society of Kenya had estimated prevalence of 4% in 2007.

Other significant and imperative issues to be focused on and delivering limelight on the WAAD 2018 or the World Autism Awareness Day are, rights to marriage, family, and parenthood on a normal basis, as mentioned in Article 23 of the CRPD.

"He's just like any other kid...for me it's been a blessing, Jacob has taught us a lot", Wale Elegbede, Jacob's father said.

Many autistic people also possess traits placing them in the "gifted" category.

Every child on the spectrum is different.

There are very few organizations that provide employment for individuals with any disabilities - whether mental or physical. Sensitive to fluorescent lights, he has a hard time in grocery stores, usually having a meltdown when he visits one. "These are some of the strongest indicators of being at the risk of ASD", she said. "No one tells you where to go, what you should do". One particular policy piece Cooper-Puckett said she's especially proud of is House Bill 218, which would improve the state's autism insurance mandate. "We constantly are on our toes".

Lamonte came with her best friend, her older sister. They find pockets around the province where the prevalence is higher than the provincial average.

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Rosner says there is much more support for families today than there was two decades ago.

The Autism Centre for Excellence or ACE was established in 2014 as a non-profit organisation in Delhi with the mission of transforming the autism landscape in the country. Charitable organisation Al Jisr Foundation announced that they would conduct research to understand the needs of autism sufferers in terms of health and education in Oman.

The stereotypes don't stop there.

"World Autism Awareness Day is an opportunity to recognize and support all children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)", the president said in the proclamation.

Parents of autistic children and medical professionals in Oman expressed hope that the day would help make more people aware about the condition and the people affected by it. Dr Bashir A P, head of internal medicine at Badr Al Sama Hospital, said that days such as WAAD usually elicited a positive response.

According to her, once these treatments and trainings are done, it will be easier for the children to integrated into society. No amount of faulty parenting can possibly lead to seizures and it doesn't cause autism.

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