World Autism Day, Editorial 1 April, 2024.

World Autism Day
Autism – also referred to as autism spectrum disorder ̶ constitutes a diverse group of conditions related to development of the brain.
About 1 in 100 children has autism.
Characteristics may be detected in early childhood, but autism is often not diagnosed until much later.
The abilities and needs of autistic people vary and can evolve over time. While some people with autism can live independently, others have severe disabilities and require life-long care and support.
World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), on April 2nd each year shines a bright light on a growing global health crisis.
As children with autism grow older, they face all sorts of obstacles. Because many don’t speak or use social cues as you or if do, they become targets for bullies or are excluded altogether. Children with autism are also vulnerable to drowning because they wander from their homes and schools. Due to their inability to communicate, they cannot tell someone their name or where they live, either. Additionally, adults are more likely to be unemployed or underemployed.
Autism transcends cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender boundaries, affecting individuals from all walks of life. Despite the prevalence of autism, there remains a significant lack of understanding and acceptance in many communities. World Autism Awareness Day serves as an opportunity to address misconceptions and promote inclusion.
We too in Kashmir need to take steps so as to provide our children answers to their autism woes.
Available scientific evidence suggests that there are probably many factors that make a child more likely to have autism, including environmental and genetic factors.
Extensive research using a variety of different methods and conducted over many years has demonstrated that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine does not cause autism.