April 2nd marks the World Autism Awareness Day which is observed every year on this date globally.
The objective behind the global observance is to increase public awareness about children suffering from autism. Autism is regarded as a developmental disability that mainly affects the child development phase of an affected individual and remains with a him or her for life.
According to the Pakistan Autism Society, about 400,000 children are suffering from autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Pakistan.
A person with ASD faces a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. Centre for Disease and Control (CDC) has estimated that every 1 in 54 children is diagnosed with the disorder in the United States.
In Pakistan, there is reportedly a vey less awareness about the disorder as Pakistani healthcare professionals rely more on inaccurate and outdated methods as the treatment of autism.
However, several NGOs and groups associate themselves with dealing autism and intend to improve conditions and enhance the awareness for the autistic persons.