West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on World Autism Awareness Day said “Bengal is committed to building India’s first autism township”.

Banerjee in a tweet said, “Today is World Autism Awareness Day. Let us work towards spreading awareness about autism, and vow to treat autistic people with sensitivity. Bengal is committed to building India’s first autism township”.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and non-verbal communication as well as by unique strengths and differences. It is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. 

Early signs of autism can often be detected in children as young as 2-3 years and it is advisable that parents start treatment as soon as possible for improved outcomes, according to doctors.

April 2 is observed as World Autism Awareness Day. The day encourages Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise acceptance about people with autism throughout the world.

World Autism Day is also one of only four official health-specific United Nation Days. The day brings individual autism organizations together all around the world to aid in things like research, diagnoses, treatment, and overall acceptance for those with this neurological variance.

According to United Nations, the 2018 World Autism Awareness Day observance at United Nations Headquarters New York will focus on the importance of empowering women and girls with autism and involving them and their representative organizations in policy and decision making to address these challenges.