Ian Lahiff, Australian citizen aged around 50, walked on The Mall Road on foot, carrying a placard tied on his chest in support of raising awareness towards a fast-growing disease called autism on the eve of World Autism Day here today. The campaign was carried out under the aegis of a social organiation Arunima situated near Kyarkuli.
According to head of the organisation Aparna Das, Ian Lahiff was working for her organisation to raise awareness on the disease that was spreading its tentacles in India and people had very less knowledge about how it affects the person.
Therefore, it was important to remove any stigmas attached to it and Ian Lahiff was assisting them in raising awareness about the disease today.
She further said that Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life. The rate of autism in all regions of the world is high and it has a tremendous impact on children, their families, communities and societies.
According to the UN health reports, one out of every 88 persons was being diagnosed as suffering from the disease. Therefore, it was imperative to raise awareness towards such fatal disease. She also said that her organisation was working in the town towards addressing the problems faced by such patients and at the moment five persons were being treated at the centre run by her In Kyarkuli, near Mussoorie.