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AUTISM

 
  
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What is the status of this problem in India?

Written by : DoctorNDTV Team
Checked by : Dr S Anandalakshmy
Advisor on Child Development & Education,
Chennai

Autism occurs in approximately 1 out of every 500 people. With the current population, it is estimated that there are about 1.5 million persons with autism in India. This disability has been grossly under-estimated in the past and has only recently been given legal recognition. Autism has been included as a disability in the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation Act), 1995 and the National Trust Act (1999) (for the welfare of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, and Multiple Disabilities).

More special schools catering to the needs of the autistic are being opened. The Government is now allotting funds for its better management. There are also individual support groups like Action for Autism, which have been set up to provide services related to the disability.

  
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