Begum Samina Alvi stresses greater awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder


Begum Samina Alvi has stressed greater awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder to create greater understanding and ensure greater integration of persons with autism in society.

According to the media reports, First Lady Begum Samina Alvi expressed her views while addressing a seminar on the occasion of World Autism Day in Islamabad on Saturday, April 31st.

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In her remarks, the First Lady said that despite the prevalence of disabilities in our society, individuals with disabilities face many barriers to inclusion and participation. She said they may face discrimination, stigma, and lack of access to essential services, such as education, healthcare, and employment. It is their collective responsibility to work towards breaking down societal barriers for individuals with disabilities by promoting their greater inclusion in all sectors of society, she added.

Samina Alvi also called for creating accessible environments, promoting universal design, and ensuring that individuals with disabilities have access to the resources and support they need to participate fully in their communities.

Referring to the observance of World Autism Day, the First Lady said that it reminded her of the challenges that individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities faced daily.

According to statistics, approximately one in 59 children is affected by autism spectrum disorder, she observed.

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