Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the term used to describe several developmental conditions that affect a person’s physical, mental, and cognitive skills. ASD may even include asperger syndrome and down syndrome, and occurs in people across socio-economic and racial, and ethnic backgrounds.
Some facts about ASD
- Autism is a developmental disorder that impairs one’s ability to communicate and interact.
- The causes could be due to genetics of environmental influences.
- The condition is usually diagnosed at 2-3 years of age.
- It is characterized by speech defects, repetitive behaviours, impaired communication and social skills.
Prevalence of ASD in India
As world autism day approaches on 2nd April, it’s important we discuss the prevalence of this condition on a national level. 1 out of 89 children between the ages of two and nine years in India suffer from ASD. As per the 2011 census data, this amounts to 2.2 million children of that age group – by extension, it means we have 13 million people with autism.
Issues associated to living with ASD
Sufferers of ASD are at high risk of developing several medical comorbidities such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, epilepsy, hearing and visual impairment, gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and constipation, among many more. However, these are only the medical comorbidities. The socio-economic challenges faced by families far outweigh, and in fact exacerbate any other medical hurdles. Individuals with autism are considered a burden by their families, due to the stigma attached to disabilities – be it mental, physical, emotional, or behavioural. They think their child will be unemployable if he/ she have a certain disability. Very often caregivers are in denial about their child being differently abled. To add to that, many families are not in a financial position to access to treatment, or arrange adequate financial support to get the necessary professional help. As a result, they grow-up constantly having to deal with social stigma, and feeling like they don’t belong in mainstream society.
Empowering a crowdfunding India to overcome such hurdles
Facilities that cater to the needs of people with disabilities are either rare or underfunded – be it special educators, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and physiotherapists. In the past, Impact Guru has been able to provide financial support to a number of nonprofits who have devoted their efforts to help individuals with autism be independent, and work in a regular setup, giving them a chance at employment. Such initiatives bring hope and ensure a secured future for the differently abled.
At Impact Guru, our mission is to facilitate such initiatives by providing a platform for free fundraising, and consequently seeing an upward growth in the population of crowdfunding India. If you have an initiative that can bring a positive change to caregivers and people with autism, raise funds with us today, for a crowdfunding India really has the potential to transform the lives of sufferers for the better.