Autism Awareness Day at Bark River - Harris School

Cheryl Sanders
April 3, 2018

The world was beginning to take note. This includes one in 42 boys and one in 189 girls.

"We just came up here and started dancing and it became very therapeutic for her and also for me as well", he said.

Dr Saleh Ali al-Marri, assistant for Health Affairs to HE the Minister of Public Health and head of national autism committee, said that Qatar gives great importance to those with autism.

Autism Family Network Program Director Vicki Depenbusch said, "It's frightening". There is no scientific evidence to support this.

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While one out of 45 children suffer from autism, the main reason behind its cause is yet to be established.

Starting today, that decision will be much easier due to a new smartphone app - developed by a University at Buffalo-led research team - created to help detect ASD in children as young as 12 months old.

Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder. One of the most prominent events of this day is the Light It Up Blue initiative whereby landmarks across the USA are lit up in royal blue to honour autistic people.

The mental health of caregivers of children / adults with ASD are often ignored. Autistic children are targets of bullying, more likely to be victimised, and the society shuns people with autism. Early detection helps in ensuring development of better management plan for autism spectrum disorder. People can be severely or mildly affected by the condition. Others with more severe manifestations may be unable to speak, live on their own or manage their own needs by themselves.

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People from all over the world are partaking in the "light it up blue" campaign. Last year, iconic sites like the Niagara Falls, the pyramids of Giza, Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Delhi's Qutab Minar went blue. That having one Minecraft server out of millions where autistic people can feel safe simply isn't enough. The developmental disability occurs in people of all races, ethnicities and socioeconomic groups. The symptoms tend to emerge by 12 to 18 months of age, and most symptoms manifest between 2 and 3 years of age. But most children are not diagnosed until five. "They will definitely help".

The core symptoms, however, are common across the board: Repetitive behavior, restricted interests and impairments of social interaction and communication.

And as scientist and conference speaker Patricia C. Kane, PhD, has expressed, "Helping a child does not have to be complicated and overwhelming; there are strategies that are comfortable for every family". You can also use the hashtag #LightItUpBlue.

According to doctors, children need social acceptance to help reduce the impact of disorders and face the challenges with confidence. Quacks abound and there is no shortage of people ready to profit from the troubles of others. They share their knowledge and experience with families across the province who are struggling with raising children on the spectrum. The main theme of the programme was "Is Inability a Disability? It depends on each individual person".

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A fundraising awareness walk for the Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism will be held on Saturday, April 28.

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