Every year in the month of April, the World celebrates Autism Awareness month, beginning with the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism awareness day on 2 April . This year it was the 16th Annual World Autism awareness day. At Salwan Schools, raising awareness and promoting acceptance of what autism means to us is crucial. Therefore, to share the unique perspectives and for standing together as a community to make a difference, Salwan Montessori School under the banner of Navtika organised a session on Autism Awareness-From knowing to accepting in a virtual mode.
The resource person for the session was Ms. Neena Wagh-founder of ALAP (Assisted living for Autistic persons). She stated that autism is a developmental disorder which affects 1 in 250 on an average all over the world. Although the figure varies from country to country but by and large it is currently the biggest challenge that the world is facing. However, due to the lack of awareness of the masses and the governments, no one is aware of its impact on people and the families affected by it. She stated that Autism is not a ‘visible’ condition, since the person affected doesn’t have any physical deformity, however it impairs the ability to communicate and interact, which limits their social interaction resulting in lifelong dependency on their caregivers.