Every April 2, the “World Autism Awareness Day” is celebrated, in this framework, the Prefecture of Chimborazo, held the discussion with the motto: Let’s Break Together the Barriers for Autism, “The change to an inclusive society”, with the aim of raising public awareness about the barriers faced by people with Autism Spectrum Disorder ‘TEA’, an event that took place in the auditorium of the Provincial Board.
Within this activity, topics such as: definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder; Barriers faced by people with this condition; Mechanisms for a more inclusive and accessible society; How to live with an autistic person, and an experiential testimony. Subsequently, an open panel was held and all attendees were heard, at the end conclusions and agreements were raised.
Vinicio Chávez, director of the Provincial Board of Trustees, indicated that the main objective of this discussion is to make citizens aware of the knowledge and treatment given to these people. “We are the pioneers in dealing with these issues and we must continue with more talks, training and activities, in order to give those who have this condition the opportunity to have spaces,” he said.
He highlighted that, for this activity, actions were coordinated with both public and private institutions; The talks were given by speakers from specialized centers, Zonal Health Coordination 3, ESPOCH, and experiential testimonies from people with autism and their families.
Susana Villa, teacher at the “Carlos Garbay” Educational Unit and attendee at the discussion, highlighted the importance that public institutions should focus on dealing with these issues, since, after the pandemic, educational activities did not have adequate follow-up and there was a setback with students, more in the specialized area.
For his part, Danilo Pazmiño, Zonal Specialist for Disabilities of the Ministry of Public Health, said that as it is a date recognized worldwide, he seeks that both public and private institutions come together to work with common goals, providing better care. to people who suffer from this disorder, with proper monitoring, visibility of their rights and respect for their condition, and in this way gradually eliminate the taboos that exist in society.