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Technology can help austism
A recent research in the West has revealed that video modelling and other computer/digital technologies with multimedia features can go a long way to help children with autism (and other disabilities) to learn and communicate better. These computerised technologies would help them communicate with other fellow children. Even these technologies can be a great aid to children having sensitive eyesight or speech problems.
Taking hint from the success of its first-of-its-kind experimental workshop, that used computers to help kids with autism, in Dehradun, few doctors conducted a training workshop in Bengalooru. Studies show that there are an estimated 1.7 million autistic persons in the country. Nevertheless, the disorder is not rare; primarily most of autistic people in India have not been diagnosed and thus do not actually have an idea of the problem. There is a tremendous lack of awareness and misunderstanding about autism even among medical professionals. Sadly, there are not enough services to cater to the needs of retarded children, leave alone the autistic cases. Also, the rigidity and pressure of schools in India can make it difficult for an autistic child to cope, without special facilitation.
There is an urgent need to educate parents about the Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation Act, 1995. It’s time for schools, NGOs and other social development bodies to learn from these small group of doctors of Dehradun and replicate similar workshops in other parts of India.
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