World Autism Awareness Day observed

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Autism Awareness Day

MNA Feature Desk: The 11th World Autism Awareness Day was observed in the country as well as across the world on Monday.

The theme of the day this year is ‘Empowering Women and Girls with Autism’. Various progammes were arranged in different parts of the country marking the day.

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared April 2 as the World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the needs for helping improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from the disorder.

Autism, an ignored public health issue, came to the forefront in Bangladesh after Saima Wazed Putul, daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and a school psychologist, launched campaign on it in 2007.

Saima also received recognition from the World Health Organization for her great endeavour on the neglected public health issue.