AUTISM: Stakeholders Urge Government, Parents To Own The Fight Against Autism Stereotype.

Relevant stakeholders have been encouraged to intensify the fight against stigmatizing persons with social development disorders by raising awareness about autism and implementing policies that protect the fundamental rights of autistic persons.

Autism is a spectrum disorder of the brain with symptoms of violation of social relationships, speech and language disorders, and a repetitive repertoire of actions, which could be noticed in children from 8 months to 2 years of age.

Speaking at the seminar organized by Blueafric Media in partnership with the Center for Memories, the Director of the Seizure Support Foundation, Dr. Chiagoroom Oghotuama, revealed in new research that the use of discrete video modeling (DVM) tailored towards the specific needs of these children enhances up to 22% of their IQ.

Dr. Oghotuama, who decried the unwillingness of parents with autistic children to speak up, urged them to mobilize and unite in the fight for the rights and privileges of special needs children.

She also appealed to the government at all levels and relevant stakeholders to take the lead in enhancing the situation of these children.

She further listed funding, individual variability, a limited sample, and time, among others, as challenges to the research.

Also speaking on the occasion, one of the panelists, Dr. Njideka Ifeoma Okoroikpa, noted that although there is no cure for autism, imitation, attention, and engaging in social activities can improve autistic situations.

She also lamented the poor implementation of health policies by the government and called for more inclusiveness for people with the syndrome in reconciling with society.

Another panelist, Dr. Munachi Vivian Onyesoh, described autistic persons as neuro-divergent with special abilities, noting that abnormal body gestures, no eye contact, a lack of communication, and repetitive behavior are early symptoms of this disorder.

Earlier in an address, the Program Lead for the Campaign against Autism, Ms. Onyinye Chinedum Agwu, said that the program tagged “Learning on Community Support to Change the Narrative About Autism” is to raise awareness about this attendant social development disorder and push the campaign against autism to relevant stakeholders.

Highlights of the event were the spoken word presentation by Artvocacy and the syndicated discussion by participants, which were centered on strategies for driving the campaign against autism to the wider society.

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