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It looks like the UK is making big strides in the recognition, diagnosis and treatment for autism. With an eye to the future the government seems to realize that instances of autism are not decreasing. In fact, quite the opposite seems to be the case worldwide. It’s good to see a government making big gains in the social, economical and health-care impact of such a prevalent disorder.
Conference to give a voice to those affected.
People living with autism will share a conference platform with experts and researchers from the USA, Australia, Belgium to make their voices heard.
The third Wales International Autism Conference, to be held next month, will examine where we have come from in our understanding and management of autism, where we are today, and what lies ahead for everyone involved in the worldwide autism community.
Adam Feinstein, from Autism Cymru, said, “Autism is a neurological disorder, so there is every reason to assume it has always existed, but it was not until 1943 that the first detailed description of what was called early infantile autism emerged.
“It was only in 1981 that similarities identified at the same time by Hans Asperger came to the attention of the English-speaking world and the term Asperger syndrome was coined.
“Whether Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism are one and the same condition remains a hotly debated issue to this day.”
Autism was, for many years, confused with childhood schizophrenia and clouded by a tendency to blame parents for the child’s condition – a belief which still lingers in some parts of the world.
Hugh Morgan, chief executive of Autism Cymru, believes Wales has the potential to act as a flagship for best practice in how countries deal with autism in the future.
He said, “If the Welsh Assembly Government’s pioneering strategic action plan for autism can develop real teeth and make a genuine impact on the autism sector, we can influence other countries to follow suit.
“We are already the first nation in the world to have such a strategy, and this autumn’s establishment of a research chair in autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) at Cardiff University’s School of Psychology will lead to the development of the Wales Autism Research Centre.”
The Wales Third International Conference on Autism takes place at Cardiff’s City Hall on April 22 and 23.
* This article quoted from the Western Mail
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