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18 August, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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Mainstreaming the autistic children

Autistic people are not burden on their families, society or the state if they are groomed up as productive force

Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first three years of life, and affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills. A significant number of the total population of Bangladesh are victims of physical and mental disability somehow or other. Experts at a workshop recently in Rangpur rightly called for mainstreaming the autistic children through flourishing their inherent talents by ensuring proper care, attention, education and training in congenial atmosphere.  According to a report in this newspaper yesterday, Society for Welfare of the Intellectually Disabled (SWID), Bangladesh and Therap Bangladesh jointly organised the workshop participated by entrepreneurs and teachers of 50 autism schools from across the district.

Autistic people are not burden on their families, society or the state if they are groomed up as productive force. Through proper education and rigorous training they can be made skilled productive force. They can earn for themselves, for their families and can also contribute to the development of the country. In this way, they can live with dignity and not as objects of pity.   In this country, parents whose children are diagnosed with autism have to grapple with challenges such as lack of awareness, a dearth of professional medical expertise, inadequate health care and, most of all, social stigma. These challenges lead to denial and the isolation.

Although autism is linked with early brain development scientists have not yet completely pinned down a cause for the disorder. Therapies that deal with behaviour modification, speech, social skills and motor movements are the best available approaches for the treatment of autism. The autistic people require proper infrastructural support. Government can provide it; NGOs and affluent people of the country can also come forward in the aid of the autistic people.

Autistic people should get some special privilege in public and private transports. They should also be treated with humility at government offices.  Proper medical treatment, financial, familial, social and psychological support can rejuvenate the dampening spirit of an autistic person. All concerned should come forward with holistic approaches to flourish inherent talent of autistic people to make them worthy citizens. Creation of social awareness is needed to know about the reasons of birth of newborn babies with autism to reduce the number of children with special needs. Awareness should also be generated among pregnant mothers to reduce risk of autism, neuro-developmental disabilities and physical disability of newborn babies.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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