The Independent

"Due to lack of trained professionals we are unable to reach autistic children. They don't have easy access to a tertiary level hospital .Not all doctors at Upazila and district level are educated on autism. So misdiagnosis and mistreatment still occurs.
Another challenge that has to be overcome is in education. Autistic children have difficulties entering normal schools, even if they are capable intellectually and have relatively "good" behavior. Most schools are reluctant to have autistic students, they foresee many difficulties in handling and teaching autistic children.
There are no curriculums for training of teachers of autistic children, by government and private institutions. Even there is no facility for short-term training for teachers of autistic children. Late diagnosis of autism in children occurs due to poor awareness regarding autism among many doctors." 

Professor S M Shahnawaz Bin Tabib, Source

Autism Speaks

"In July 2011, Autism Speaks, in partnership with Bangladesh and the World Health Organization, launched the Global Autism Public Health (GAPH) initiative in Bangladesh. In the year since, Bangladesh has taken pioneering steps to overcome barriers to services for individuals with autism. This week, GAPH-Bangladesh released a report titled, “One Year of Progress on Autism in Bangladesh.” The report outlines their activities in promoting autism awareness, services and research.

The group also presented a strategic action plan for autism to the president of Bangladesh. The plan reflects the collaborative efforts of eight Bangladeshi government ministries. It provides comprehensive recommendations to address identified gaps in awareness, education, services and research. In response, President Zillur Rahman expressed great commitment to making autism a government priority."


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