Dhaka meet pledges action against autism

July 25th, 2011 - 8:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia Gandhi Dhaka, July 25 (IANS) A global two-day conference on autism here Monday pledged to take coordinated actions against the developmental disorder in children, a media report said.

Visiting chairperson of India’s ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Sonia Gandhi was among the participants.

The Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities meet has adopted a seven-point declaration to initiate coordinated actions against the problem.

The declaration was read out by Sri Lankan First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, the Daily Star reported.

It calls for increasing awareness of the rights of children with developmental disorder and lays stress on improving healthcare, capacities of professionals and social services.

It also stressed on mobilising and allocating increased human and financial resources, and called for holding regular conferences to share information and monitor progress.

It recognised that low and middle income countries need support in tackling the problem and called on the relevant UN agencies to give technical support to deal with autism.

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