Govt working to bring autistic children in mainstream dev

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 15 Apr 2017, 21:26:41

Govt working to bring autistic children in mainstream dev

The government has been working to bring the people born with autism related problems and disabilities in the mainstream development process of the society helping them lead a normal life.

According to a survey of the ministry of health, one among 25,000 children was born with autistic behavior in 1980, which came down at one among 500 children in 2014.

Male children are more susceptive to be born with autism than the female ones, the report said adding that male and female ratio to this end is 4:1. 

Two autistic children, the report said, among 10 become skilled in painting, music, dance or computer or mathematics. 

In another report of the ministry said three percent children in the capital city are born with autism while out of the capital city the figure is 7 per cent. 

Though the reasons of autism are yet to be ascertained internationally, a number of scientists said genetics and environment problems are solely responsible for developing the disorder among the children.

Physicists, however, said viral fever of mothers' during pregnancy, lack of oxygen among children while born, environment pollution, intake of excessive antibiotic and genetics are the causes of autism.

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith in his FY2012-13 budget speech said there were 1,50,000 autistic people in the country. The latest survey of the Social Welfare Directorate said out of 12 categories disabled people, a total of 45,404 people bear autism related problems.

According to latest information (till February 28, 2017), there are a total of 1,59,716 disabled people in the country, according to BSS.

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