Trichy: SEVAI observe the fourth AUTISM AWARENESS DAY on 2nd, April 2011 at SYSTEM Centre, DWC complex in Trichy. On this occasion, a documentary film titled “VOICES FOR AUTISM" had been projected enlightening the participants regarding AUTISM AWARENESS DAY.Dr.Deivakumar, Coordinator of SEVAI project mentioned that ‘On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution which declares April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in perpetuity. This UN resolution is one of only three official disease-specific United Nations Days and will bring the world's attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions. The World Autism Awareness Day resolution encourages all Member States to take measures to raise awareness about autism throughout society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention. It further expresses deep concern at the prevalence and high rate of autism in children in all regions of the world and the consequent developmental challenges. World Autism Awareness Day shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe. A voice to the millions of individuals worldwide who are undiagnosed, misunderstood and looking for help should be supported to inspire compassion, inclusion and hope.
Special Educator Diana mentioned that ‘Education is imperative and has been denied to the Autism community for far too long. "Rapid Prompting Method “is a key that has "unlocked" the potential for hundreds of individuals and offers a new way of teaching academics particularly for non verbal children with autism. Doctors and scientists still consider the disorder of autism to be a bit of a mystery. For example, compared to other medical disorders, knowledge is quite thin when it comes to the root causes of autism, better treatment for those with the condition, how much (or how little) the environment plays a role in causing the condition, etc.’
The awareness rally started from SYSTEM Centre and Mrs. Percy Lal flagged off the rally of those work for creating awareness on Autism Awareness and reached the DWC Conference hall.Mrs.P.Chitra project Director SEVAI presided over the function. The guest of honour Mrs.Percy,DRP of Trichy District for Link Workers scheme of APAC and NAACCO said ‘Unlike other disorders that medical experts better understand the cause and treatment for, autism is still very much considered something that we need much more information about. Over the last few decades, it has been reported that the number of children diagnosed with autism has been increasing. Upon hearing this fact, some people take this to mean that the number of people with autism has increased. However, this is not necessarily the case. The fact that more people have been diagnosed with autism does not necessarily mean that a higher percentage of people actually have autism these days’. There are a number of possible explanations to account for the apparent rise of autism diagnoses’.
Dr.Susitra said ‘Here are two such possible explanations: The increase in diagnoses is credited to breakthroughs in research and a better understanding of autism. This better understanding of autism has lead medical experts to develop more nuanced systems of categorizing the condition. Essentially, then, the definition of what counts and what does not count as autism has changed slightly over the last few decades. Because of this, some individuals who might not have been diagnosed as autistic 30 years ago might now find themselves diagnosed as such. Additionally, another frequently offered explanation explaining why we see an increase in the diagnosis of autism in children involves our better access to medical care and information. With each passing decade, people generally have better access to medical care. The medical care itself also improves. Due to these improvements, people who might have been autistic (but never were able to have it properly diagnosed due to lack of access to qualified medical physicians) now find themselves with better access to medical care and can receive proper diagnoses. And so, as the argument would proceed, because the number of people going to doctors increases, even if the percentage of people who have autism remains constant, the number of people diagnosed with autism will necessarily increase as well. Progress has been made in regards to the general public understanding Autism. A number of films have been produced, aimed to offer a first-hand look into the disorder, and the day-to-day dealings of families affected by it. Parents play a critical role in all behavioral interventions for children with autism. The day is observed in the best interest of children with autism for their parents to know the contours of the science of applied behavior analysis so that their children can make all possible progress, teaching procedures that help children with autism learn to engage in the give and take of ordinary, daily conversation with parents, teachers, and peers. EtNS.vide you tube