In recent times, awareness regarding autism has increased significantly throughout the world; however still people with autism and their families are facing isolation by the society. There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding autism. In many countries, people look autism as a source of disappointment, displeasure or disgrace. Stigma surrounding around autism does prevent families from seeking a diagnosis and services for their child.
Person with autism lacks support on equal basis with others when it comes to right to living, health, education and employment in the society. They are mainly exposed to medical practices and professional approaches which are objectionable and infringe their basic rights and go against scientific evidence. Over-prescription of psychotropic medications, electro-impulsive therapy, etc can be particularly harmful and lead to the worsening of their condition.
Person with autism should be accepted, respected and valued in our societies and it can be only achieved by fulfilling, protecting and respecting their basic rights and freedom. Individuals and families should be offered necessary support and skills to have options and control over their lives. It is essential to work towards busting myths like person with autism are incapable of learning. They should be part of equal opportunities with access to comprehensive education and employment to attain equality and rights. To fight against stigma and social barriers associated with autism more awareness is needed on regular basis through various initiatives and which are monitored to check the impact of the same.
It is not possible to change entire society’s view on autism; however we can change and monitor our own, because it matters.
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Ravi Shet is the writer of this article and Co-founder of Treatum, an online healthcare portal connecting patients with right doctors.
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