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Beit Alpha holds special prog marking World Autism Awareness Day

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Published: 01:37, 5 April 2024   Update: 01:38, 5 April 2024
Beit Alpha holds special prog marking World Autism Awareness Day

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Autistic children should be protected from physical abuse. They deserve to be treated with kindness and understanding. Providing them with opportunities to explore their talents through sports and cultural activities is crucial.

Neglecting autistic children by failing to provide care and love is unacceptable. It is the collective responsibility of society to ensure their well-being and inclusion.

The 17th World Autism Awareness Day 2024 is observed on April 2. Just like in other countries around the globe, Bangladesh observes the day to raise awareness about autism and advocate for the rights of individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

This year, the theme of the day was “Awareness-Recognition-Valuation: A Journey from Just Surviving to Prosperity”

To mark the day, the Beit Alpha Autistic Foundation hosted a discussion meeting and a drawing competition for children with autism in Mirpur area of the capital Dhaka around 3 pm on Tuesday.

Following the artistic activities, approximately two hundred children with autism received toys and Eid clothes in various colors as tokens of celebration.

During the event, renowned playwright and photographer Shankar Shaujal, serving as the chief guest, highlighted the necessity of providing a dedicated space for autistic children where they can freely express themselves.

He also underscored the significance of raising social awareness about autism and urged affluent members of society to step forward and support initiatives for the well-being of individuals with autism.

Freedom Fighter Anwarul Islam, who was presiding over the programme, shared insights from the experiences he earned during the liberation war, emphasizing the importance of teaching autistic children basic life skills.

He highlighted the significance of the drawing event in understanding children's preferences and suggested that their likes and dislikes be prioritised.

Anwarul emphasized the necessity of sharing these preferences with family members, school teachers, and coaches to better support the children's development.