On World Autism Day, we come across doctors share how to handle autistic kids and the ways and means to tackle them in a friendly and in a most dedicated way. On April 2 every year, organisations around the world celebrate World Autism Day, with events around the world, to persuade neurotypicals, people not on the autism spectrum, that autistic people are unique individuals who should not be seen as cases for treatment just like differently abled persons.
In Sanpada, Aashray School is doing yeomen service to the society by taking up the job of inculcating education to such students and provide them with a scope to learn art and culture and go to the extent of training them in sports like cycling and running to have a feel of the outside world. The school organises annual sports day and annual day to encourage the children to perform in front of their parents in a very big way. The stall outside the school sells items made by the students studying here to give some encouragement.
World Autism Day quickly became a global event which is still celebrated widely online. The most important thing to note about the day is that it is an autistic community event is conducted to give a fillip to the importance and it is originated from and is still led by autistic people ourselves. It is not a day for other charities or organisations to promote themselves or stifle autistic people. The rainbow infinity symbol is used as the symbol of this day, representing “diversity with infinite variations and infinite possibilities and it really reveals the real essence of such pride day.
The autistic people have a unique set of characteristics that provide them many rewards and challenges. Although autism is an expression of neurodiversity, some people promoting autistic pride believe that some of the difficulties that they experience are as the result of societal issues. Autism and other forms of disability are part of the human experience that contributes to human diversity. As such, the United Nations has emphasised the need to mainstream disability in the Organisation’s development agenda. Mainstreaming disability requires an integrated approach in the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of policies and programmes in all political, economic and societal spheres so that inequality is not perpetuated. People need to accept autism every day, not just on that particular day.
Autism is no longer classified as a single disorder, but rather an entire spectrum ranging in severity. Autism is the core of all of these syndromes, with its features being prevalent to varying degrees throughout, and includes such disorders such as Rett Syndrome and Childhood disintegrative disorder. One of the most commonly known disorders on the list, outside of Autism itself, is Asperger’s. Asperger Syndrome is signified by the presence of Autism symptoms with no impairment of language development. With World Autism day on April 2 and Autistic Pride day on June 18, we remind people to be a part of the persons suffering from such syndrome and make sure people are aware of such a disorder in an ongoing basis.
In Kuwait, the teachers of this fraternity are well trained to make them aware of all the problems faced by such students by providing a personal touch. They dance with autistic students and help them to feel at ease and learn the movements to perfection. The teachers are becoming part of the system and are made to visit the palace of the children to observe the behavioural movement of affected children in front of their parents and other family members under the house surroundings.
Arati Vatsala, an Indian working in Kuwait after doing MA in psychology and Working for a couple of years in Gurugram in an International School of this nature, feel ill at ease in dealing with children and take the job in a friendly way. World Autism day brings out the best in teachers in this line and provides the best opportunity to make the day more meaningful.
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)