Observing World Autism Day
THE World Autism Awareness Day is observed around the globe on April 2 to raise awareness. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) , autism is a complex nervous system disability which affects normal brain function. WHO said autism usually manifests during the first three years of a person’s life. Autism is described as an impairments of the
growth and development of the brain or central nervous system affecting communication, social interaction and behaviour. People with autism have difficulty with communication along with a wide range of social activities and interaction.
National education facilitator at Autism South Africa, Vicky Lamb, told the Gazette that autism is seen as a difference within society and not necessarily as a disorder. “This does not mean that people on the spectrum do not have a disability, they do, however, with support, understanding and acceptance we see autistic people reach their potential,” Lamb said. As many people around the world have been reported to have signs of autism disability, Autism South Africa said there isn’t confirmed cause of autism.