The resulting “Nationwide Survey on Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Bangladesh 2017” was unveiled by the IPNA at BSMMU auditorium in Dhaka on Thursday.
The university’s vice-chancellor (VC), Prof Dr Kanak Kanti Barua said the IPNA and BSMMU were on hand to support the affected children.
“(We) will always be ready to give proper services for children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders,” the said.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 160 children of all ages worldwide has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
ASD refers to a range of conditions characterised by some degree of impaired social behaviour, communication and language.
In most cases, the conditions are apparent during the first 5 years of life and tends to persist into adolescence and adulthood, with sufferers often subjected to stigma, discrimination and human rights violations.