New Delhi: On World Autism Awareness Day, which falls on 2nd April, we recognize and celebrate the rights of persons with autism. This year’s observance takes place in the midst of a public health crisis unlike any other in our lifetimes — a crisis that places persons with autism at disproportionate risk as a result of the coronavirus and its impact on society.
Autism spectrum disorder impacts the nervous system and affects the overall cognitive, emotional, social and physical health of the affected individual. The range and severity of symptoms can vary widely. Common symptoms include difficulty with communication, difficulty with social interactions, obsessive interests and repetitive behaviors.
Early recognition, as well as behavioral, educational and family therapies may reduce symptoms and support development and learning.
“Universal human rights, including the rights of persons with disabilities, must not be infringed upon in the time of a pandemic. Governments have a responsibility to ensure that their response includes persons with autism,” said Dr. Sandeep Marwah President of World Peace Development And Research Foundation while talking to the members of the organization on line.
“Persons with autism should never face discrimination when seeking medical care. They must continue to have access to the support systems required to remain in their homes and communities through times of crisis, instead of facing the prospect of forced institutionalization,” reminded Dr. Marwah also president of We feel Festival of films on Disability.