April 28, 2014 | Category:Press Releases | Author: Aspergers in Children

(PRWEB) September 29, 2003


Ivan and Charika Corea of the Autism Awareness Campaign have appealed directly to the Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee to take action on Autism in the SAARC region. Autism is now a severe education and wellness concern facing South Asia. Enormous increases in numbers in five years time have been predicted by international authorities.

‘India is a crucial player in the area and we would ask Prime Minister Vajpayee to speak up for these who can not speak up for themselves. Autistic individuals in India and appropriate across the SAARC area desperately need to have support and structured support.

To date SAARC Leaders have by no means ever discussed Autism in terms of folks with Disabilities in SAARC. It has in no way figured in any SAARC Wellness or Education Summits and however it is now one particular of the most severe overall health and education issues facing the Indian sub-continent,’ stated Ivan Corea in Colombo.

Autism is on the rise in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives – the countries within the SAARC region.

Ivan and Charika Corea, parents and carers of an autistic youngster launched a enormous Autism Awareness Campaign in Sri Lanka. There are 30,000 autistic individuals in Sri Lanka, according to international professionals there will be a enormous rise in 5 years time – in Sri Lanka and all more than the SAARC area.

Scientists are still divided as to the causes of autism – parents are still asking the question – is ithe MMR, is it genetic, is it triggered by foetal distress at birth. Asian parents require answers to these pressing concerns on Autism.

Help for the Autism Awareness Campaign came from the extremely influential European Union parliamentarian Nirj Deva MEP. Nirj Deva was born in Sri Lanka, he joins a entire host of dignitaries who support the campaign.

Ivan and Charika Corea initiated 2002 as Autism Awareness Year in the United Kingdom. Their campaign is now the largest ever movement for autism in the UK and has the help of the British Prime Minister Tony Blair and parliamentarians of all parties in the Palace of Westminster in London.

Ivan Corea stated,’ We need urgent action by the Heads of State and national governments in the SSARC region to look into the rise in autism and locate frequent methods and methods in tackling the entire issue of autism, joint educational and overall health strategies, the sharing of good practice from SAARC countries.

SAARC provides a platform for the men and women of South Asia to operate together. We are appealing to the Prime Minister of India to raise the complete subject of the Autistic Neighborhood in the SAARC area at a future SAARC Summit.

Fantastic stories have come from India like the story of the autistic teenager Tito who has been an inspiration to others. British television even televised a documentary on his life, the dedication of his mother, his marvellous poetry and writings. There are thousands of Titos in the SAARC region who need urgent aid. There are youngsters with severe communication issues who have no specialist speech therapy.Mothers need respite care due to the fact Autism is a 24 hour job.

Our recommendations:

We appeal to the Prime Minister of India and the Indian Government to take the urgent matter up of AUTISM IN SAARC with the Heads of State in the SAARC region.

We urge SAARC Wellness, Education and Social Services to talk about the matter at their respective Summits . We recommend the setting up of a SAARC Autism Committee comprising of officials from the SAARC countries to discuss approaches forward.

We urge SAARC countries to launch a information collection initiative in their respective nations and offer public services for people with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

We advocate a widespread technique in relation to the coaching of special educational needs teachers and specialist speech therapists in the SAARC region.

Our appeal to SAARC Leaders – please reach out to the Autistic Community in the SAARC area. Autism is a time bomb waiting to occur. If there is a rise in numbers of men and women with autism in South Asia, are SAARC countries in a position to offer public services for these individuals who have a really distinct disability. Have staff been trained, what about the dissemination of data on Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome in the major languages of the SAARC region.

There are only a handful of organisations in the voluntary sector who are in a position to help the Autistic Neighborhood. National Governments need to provide the help solutions for all individuals with disabilities. We want new methods of pondering exactly where disabilities in the SAARC area is concerned.

We urge action in SAARC on Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

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