2nd April marked World Autism Awareness Day - a day dedicated to
raising awareness for the lives that have been touched by this
neurological disorder, usually characterised
by impaired social
interaction and communication. On this occasion, it was actor Salman
Khan who was prominently seen doing his best to spread awareness about
The Robin-hood Pandey of tinsel town was asked to be the face of the
cause at a recent event where he confirmed his efforts to promote
awareness of the disorder. The actor believes autism is a misunderstood
condition and the first and most vital step is to understand it,
therefore his NGO, Being Human, has released an eight-point guide on the
illness. It will highlight the necessary importance of knowing that
autism is not a disease, but a disorder that can stumble upon anyone,
irrespective of their situation in life. It underlines that early
detection is not common in India and parents should not be demoralised
by late diagnosis.
In modern era, awareness regarding autism is one of the few challenges we face, however the Dabangg star has committed to use his extensive fame to reach audiences far and wide for the noble cause.
The 8-point Autism Awareness Guide (published by Being Human)
1) Autism is not a disease. It is a disorder and can happen to anyone
irrespective of class, creed , nationality and gender. Autism exists
all over the world.
2) One out of every 110 kids born today have autism. It is a neurological disorder.
3) There is no known cause of autism, and no cure for the same. Hence
early detection and intensive therapy at an early age will help
children overcome the challenges to a large extent.
4) Autism is a lifelong condition. But no matter what age, people
with autism can improve. Early detection does not always happen in India
and parents should not be demoralised if they do not receive early
5) Bad parenting doesn't cause autism.
6) Less than 2 per cent of autistic people have extraordinary
talents. Even then, they still may need help on basic day to day living.
7) Parents, grandparents, and siblings can learn techniques of
working with and interacting with children and adults that can help the
8) The key to successful management of autism is acceptance of a
child the way he or she is by the parents and the community at large.
Together we can all raise awareness for autism and join Khan with
his cause, as we all know when Khan makes a 'commitment' it may as well
be set in stone!
Author: Parvesh K. R .
Editors: Nikita L. & Gunia M.