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PIA Press Release
2005/01/21

Jan 17-22 is Autism Week

Davao City (21 January) -- "The only real handicap is a limited imagination."

The Davao Autism Intervention Center Foundation, Inc. (DAC) is inviting the public to its open house from January 19 to 21 as one of its activities in celebration of National Autism Consciousness Week.

DAC executive director Alma Yu said the center shall open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and allow visitors to interact with persons with autism (PWAs), observe the application of interventions and programs for PWAs, view the documentary film on the plight of children with autism, and learn first-hand information from parents of PWAs.

DAC is a non-stock, non-profit organization formed by parents of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in 1997. It provides advocacy for ASD, support services to parents and caregivers, capability building to the ASD community, and works with other self-help groups, NGOs private and government sector for the best interest of PWAs.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that prevents proper understanding of what a person sees, hears, or senses. It typically appears during the child's first three years and affects about one in every 500 births.

Most autistic children are perfectly normal in appearance but spend their time in puzzling and disturbing behaviors different from those of normal children. They may stare into space for hours, show uncontrollable tantrums like crying or shouting, show no interest in people and pursue strange, repetitive activities with no apparent purpose. Some have no speech, some have limited ability to speak while others are self-injurious.

Early intervention training from birth, along with stimulating home environment and good medical care, help people with autism become active and contributing members of society. Interested parties may call (082) 298-4713 for more information on autism. (DAC/DSWD) [top]

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