World autism awareness day is an internationally recognized day on 2 April every year encouraging member states of the UN to take measures to raise awareness about people with autism spectrum disorder throughout the world. The theme for 2019 is “Assistive technologies active participation”. World autism day is one of the seven official health specific United Nation days. The day itself brings individual autism organizations together all around the worlds to aid in things like diagnosis, treatment and acceptance for those affected by suchdevelopmental disorders.
In view of this the Department of Community Medicine, MGMCRI in co-ordination with department of Pediatrics and department of Psychiatry have conducted an awareness Programme for world autism day for caregivers of autism children from Sathya special school on 03-04-2019 at the Rural Health Training Centre, MGMCRI, Selliamedu.
The teams Involved
- Dr Soundararajan, Prof & Head, Paediatrics
- Dr Abu Backer, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
- Ekta Jain, Psychologist, Psychiatry
From Department of Community Medicine, MGMCRI
- Dr Arun S Assistant Professor
- Dr J Anugraha,Postgraduate
- Dr Karthikayini S, Postgraduate
- Shanmugam, Health Educator
- Parthasarathy, SocialWorker
- Buhari, social worker
From Rural Health Training Centre, Selliamedu
- Dr Vindhya, Lady Medical Officer
- Kangavalli, Mrs. Varalakshmi, Mrs. sulochana -Staffs, RHTC
Beneficiaries of the awareness program:
The autism awareness programme was beneficial to the school students (30) and the teachers (2) of Sathya Special School, Seliamedu. Other beneficiaries included the care givers of the autism children (14), Anganwadi teachers (6), the headmistress of Govt. Primary School, Seliamedu, a social scientist from Swaminathan Foundation and the general public (10).
Facilities Offered at the health checkup:
The beneficiaries were offered health education and awareness on autism and out patient consultation by Pediatrics H.O.D, Psychiatry AP and counseling by the psychologist were given.