By Urara Nagashima
April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). WAAD was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. Throughout the month, WAAD activities increase world knowledge of autism and impart information about the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism around the world.
According to the WHO, about one in 100 children in the world has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Some diagnosed with ASD can live independently, but others have significant difficulties and need constant assistance and care. A person with autism can possess a wide range of skills and qualities, such as attention to detail, deep focus, and novel approaches to problem solving. However, Autism Spectrum Disorder can also be debilitating due to symptoms such as problems of social communication and interaction. More support is needed to attain a more inclusive society.
Help us to raise awareness of autism. To help folks with ASD fully engage in our communities, TELL provides a variety of tools for families and individuals living with Autism. These professionals include therapists who offer therapy and evaluations for kids and adults with learning difficulties, as well as psychiatrists who can recommend therapies to manage some symptoms of ASD. Along with regular lectures and seminars for parents and educators through the Exceptional Parenting Program, we also provide a parent support group called Tokyo Parent Child Learning Group.