Every year on the 2nd day of April World Autism Day is celebrated worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, one in 160 children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The disorder begins from childhood and lasts with the individual. Individuals with ASD have also faced other health complications such as epilepsy, depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
There is no known cure for ASD. However evidence-based psychosocial interventions including behavioral treatment and skills training schemes for parents is helpful to manage and minimize problems in communication and social behavior.
ASD often results in an emotional and socioeconomic burden on the individual with this disorder and their families. People with ASD are often subject to discrimination and their right to health care and education is not respected.
On the 18th day of December 2007, the UN General Assembly has adopted Resolution 62/139. The Resolution designated 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day to be observed every year beginning in 2008. In this year’s World Autism Awareness Day the UN Secretary-General has conveyed the message that the right of individuals with ASD shall be taken in to account in the formulation of all responses to COVID-19.
Deborah Foundation having as one of its objective the support of the rights of people with ASD has called everyone to stand together to make the country a better place for all people with ASD.