Nigeria marks world autism aware­ness day

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ojoma Akor

Nigeria joins the rest of the world to­day to ob­serve this year’s World Autism Aware­ness Day.

The ob­ser­vance of the day was in­sti­tuted by the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly Res­o­lu­tion 62/139, which des­ig­nated 2nd April as World Autism Aware­ness Day to sen­si­tise mem­ber states on the in­ci­dence, preva­lence, and early de­tec­tion of autism.

Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der (ASD) is a gen­eral term used for a group of com­plex dis­or­der of brain de­vel­op­ment. These dis­or­ders are char­ac­terised in vary­ing de­grees by dif­fi­cul­ties in so­cial in­ter­ac­tion, prob­lems with ver­bal and non-ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion, re­stric­tive and repet­i­tive be­hav­iour, and limited set of in­ter­ests and ac­tiv­i­ties.

In her state­ment to mark the day, Min­is­ter of Women Af­fairs and So­cial De­vel­op­ment Ha­jiya Zainab Maina said the an­nual ob­ser­vance of the day is meant to spur ac­tion and draw at­ten­tion to the un­ac­cept­able dis­crim­i­na­tion, abuse and isolation ex­pe­ri­enced by people with autism and their loved ones.

“As high­lighted by the Con­ven­tion on the Rights of Per­sons With Dis­abil­i­ties, people with autism are cit­i­zens who should en­joy all hu­man rights and fun­da­men­tal free­doms,” she said.

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