Nigeria marks world autism awareness day
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.