Parents’ support group, Forum for Autism (FFA) is all set to mark Autism Day which is observed on April 2. It will be organising number of programmes to spread awareness about autism on World Autism Awareness Day on Sunday. Beginning today, this two-day programme includes exhibition of posters made by children suffering from Autism, and audio visual presentation about Autism will be screened at CST station multiple times every day during the month of April.
“Our forum is a parent support group, we keep organising such events to spread awareness about autism. Such kind of public events are important to attract maximum audience towards such important issue,” said Parul Kumtha, president of FFA.
FFA works to improve facilities for diagnosis, education, training and rehabilitation of persons with autism. They also undertake various activities.
Today, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) will be lit up in blue to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day, while Shivaji Chowk of Vashi and the Bandra-Worli Sea Link will be lit up in blue on Sunday evening. Blue is the theme colour of this year’s Autism day.
Posters giving information about early signs of autism will be displayed at all stations along the Navi Mumbai stretch of the harbour line, from Vashi to Panvel.
Autism is a neurological disorder characterized by developmental and social problems. In India about 18 million people suffer from autism, of which around one third of people with autism remain non-verbal and one-third of people with autism have an intellectual disability.
Mumbai’s Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital at Sion receives 80 to 90 cases of autistic children each year.
Dr Samir Dalwai, Developmental Pediatrician at New Horizons Child Development Centre shared his view about the awareness programme, “Their role in spreading awareness, and more importantly helping the overwhelmed parent accept the situation is exemplary. Parents know we are not the only ones we have co-travellers. That’s therapeutic too. Forum for Autism led by the dedicated Parul is an amazing organisation of parents who spare no effort to give every child with autism the best”.