What is Autism?
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills and communications skills, as well as engagement in repetitive behaviours. Autism and ASD are general terms for a wide range of brain development disorders characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and repetitive behaviours.
- To facilitate a barrier free environment;
- to enable the empowerment of persons with autism and their families; and
- to act as a catalyst for change that will enable persons with autism to live as fully participating members of the community.
Autism in India
Autism is still not recognised as a separate form of disability in the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, the primary piece of legislation that provides for the rights of and benefits for persons with disabilities in India. However, advocacy movements, spearheaded primarily by AFA, succeeded in the inclusion of autism in the National Trust Bill – ‘National Trust for Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities Act 1999’.
Persons with autism can receive certain benefits under this act, the first ever legislation to be passed in India that recognised autism as a distinct condition of its own.
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