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DAILY NEWS ANALYSIS

  • 12 January, 2021

  • 6 Min Read

Autism

Autism

What is Autism?

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a broad term used to describe a group of neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • These disorders are characterized by problems with communication and social interaction. People with ASD often demonstrate restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped interests or patterns of behaviour.
  • ASD is found in individuals around the world, regardless of race, culture, or economic background. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source, autism does occur more often in boys than in girls, with a 4 to 1 male-to-female ratio.

What is in the news?

  • In Our World, a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Shreedhar B.S. will premiere at the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa on January 18.
  • Produced by Mr. Shreedhar’s Shred Creative Lab Private Ltd, the film highlights autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through the lives of three children.
  • The 51-minute documentary has made an attempt to unpack the world of autistic children, and their families and bring about a nuanced understanding. The film includes candid interviews of parents, therapists, their day-to-day activities like swimming classes, horse-riding and music lessons; their special moments with parents.
  • “The message is of assimilation. We are all well aware of how autistic children are perceived; they are sidelined, treated as abnormal; often such children end up having no friends; they are not invited to birthday parties or social gatherings,” he added.

Source: TH


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