Autism car­ni­val to spread aware­ness

HT City - - Variety -

To help un­der­stand autism and Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der (ASD) — both gen­eral terms for a group of com­plex dis­or­ders of brain devel­op­ment, the Cen­tre for Child and Ado­les­cent Well Be­ing (CCAW) is geared up for sev­eral aware­ness rais­ing ac­tions. One of its ini­tia­tives, An Autism Car­ni­val: Cel­e­brate Autism, which will take place to­day, aims to in­cul­cate new per­spec­tives that are easy for gen­eral public to un­der­stand.

Di­verse ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties such as spe­cial tal­ent shows, art and craft, games, and much more, to­gether with stalls fo­cused on spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion, speech and lan­guage ther­a­pies, will take place at the car­ni­val. “In­cul­cat­ing new per­spec­tives which are far re­moved from med­i­cal jar­gon or med­i­cal con­fer­ences, and are more un­der­stand­able to the public is the aim,” says Shreya Tan­don, an as­so­ciate psy­chol­o­gist work­ing with ASD at CCAW.

The ‘car­ni­val’ would also host var­i­ous pae­di­a­tri­cians, psy­chi­a­trists, psy­chol­o­gists, stu­dents and re­searchers in the field of Autism aim­ing to reach a new mile­stone in chang­ing the way it is un­der­stood in In­dia. Or­gan­is­ers say the event is set to open an ex­pert panel for live dis­cus­sion too. The artis­tic and cre­ative side of chil­dren un­der ASD will be on dis­play through paint­ings and art­works made by them as well.

The day-long event also has fancy dress com­pe­ti­tion and tal­ent shows for ASD-af­fected kids. Around 150 stu­dents will be a part of the oc­ca­sion. Desinger duo of Shan­tanu and Nikhil is sched­uled to inaugurate the car­ni­val.

PHO­TOS: BURHAAN KINU/HT

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