Autism spectrum disorder is a condition related to brain development that impacts how a person perceives and socializes with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication. The disorder also includes limited and repetitive patterns of behavior. The term “spectrum” in autism spectrum disorder refers to the wide range of symptoms and severity.
Well-known singer, actor and writer Ali Zafar said that persons suffering from autism are the real heroes and superstars.
“They have talent to see and analyse things from a different and unique perspective. They can be exceptionally good with music, arts and computers. We must try to remove stigma associated with disabilities”, said Ali Zafar while talking to media at an awareness walk organised by the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Welfare Trust in connection with the 12th World Autism Awareness Day celebrated throughout the world with a message to speak out against discrimination and celebrate the diversity of our global community.
Ali said that they needed to create an inclusive society in Pakistan where physical barriers were eliminated and the persons with disabilities were included in every sphere of social, economic and political activities.
Zafar along with ASD Welfare Trust Chairperson Rukhsana Shah led the walk which was taken out from Children’s Library Complex and which ended at the Governor’s House, The Mall. A large number of students, teachers, parents and doctors participated in the walk to raise awareness about the disorder.
Addressing the participants of the walk, Zafar said, “We must spread awareness to help support and understand the special needs of those diagnosed with autism. They must be provided with appropriate education and the means to thrive and reach their highest potential.”