Autism affects millions worldwide

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Autism, a lifelong developmental disability, was highlighted at the United Nations on World Autism Awareness Day, the 2nd of April.

The World Health Organization describes autism is a condition that manifests itself in the early years of life. It results from a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain.

According to the United Nations, the rate of autism in all regions of the world is high and it has a tremendous impact on children, their families, communities and societies.

Ambassador Abulkalam Abdul Momen of Bangladesh, says currently, autism affects one out of 88 children and one in 54 boys.

” Boys are four times more likely to have autism. Autism costs over $137 billion per year and it is expected to increase significantly. Unfortunately, it receives les than five percent of the research funding and many believe there is no medical cure for autism. “

According to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, current research indicates that early interventions can help persons with autistic conditions to achieve significant gains in their abilities.

Gerry Adams, United Nations

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