Bhubaneswar: To mark world Autism Awareness Day, the Manage Autism Now (MAN), the trust working for Autistic children in Bhubaneswar participated in various activities organised by Department of Occupational Therapy (OT), NIRTAR and leading IT company -SPARK in city . The main aim of observing World Autism Awareness Day is to create awareness about the Autism and to draw attention of the people living with autism. The IT firm SPARK for the first time organised an event where the special children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) were invited to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD)- 2019.
The MAN founded Autism Therapy Centre(ATC) in Bhubaneswar nearly a decade back to improve the lives of all affected by autism. The center has been organizing various seminars, symposiums, workshops on various aspects of Autism to develop awareness and focus attention on effective measures to handle the problems of Autism. ATC is the outcome of strong determination, commitment and sustained efforts of a few parents of children affected with ASD. The important trustee bearers Mr. Madan Mohan Panda, Chairman, DAV Public School & DSBM, Ms. Nalini Menon, Director, AUTISM Centre, Spastic Society of Karnataka, Bangalore and Mr Sanjiv Naik, Director, Silicon Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar have been working relentlessly for the children with ASD. The Sillcon Institute of Technology has provided space at Bhubaneswar and moral & logistic support for the smooth functioning of ATC.
Smt Swarnalata Mishra, Chairperson , MAN Trust said “ We are observing this day to create awareness in the society about autism, inclusion and self-determination for all and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life.”
The children with ASD of this center are found participating in various sports, events, competitions like; TATA steel Marathon ( 5KM), SBI Marathon(5KM), Biju Pattnaik Marathon(5KM) and Sambad Cyclothon race (15KM) being organised in the city and won laurels for themselves as well as their parents. The number of participants are increasing year after year.
The Center is mulling to commence the respite care, Mother and child with ASD training programmes in future along with conducting workshops, Seminars, awareness Programmes, pre-vocational and vocational training to the children with ASD.