Author Archives: Advitya Thapa

Autism – an evolutionary perspective

Penny Spikins, who is a Senior Lecturer in the Archaeology of Human Origins at the University of York,? has written in an extremely interesting article on the important role of our autistic ancestors in human evolution. The article mentions that autism and autism traits have long been a part of human history. Some of the… Continue Reading

Fecal transplant and autism.

A recent study on a small group of children that appeared in the journal Microbiome, makes an interesting find. The study shows that children with Autism may benefit through the introduction of donated healthy microbes. This process of fecal transplant helps in rebalancing the gut of individuals with gastrointestinal distress. Behavioural symptoms of autism and… Continue Reading

The floating wheelchair

There is a new kind of wheelchair making a splash in Goa. The differently abled can use this floating wheelchair and spend time in the water without having to worry about their safety. The special wheelchairs are manufactured in France and North America and has been imported by UMOJA. Prakash Kamat?s article in The Hindu… Continue Reading

Travel company with a difference

Traversing public spaces can be an ordeal for people with special needs, this is particularly true in the Indian context. As a country, we still have a long way to go before we can call ourselves disability friendly. The prevailing conditions greatly curtail the quality of life of people living with special needs. Activities that… Continue Reading

Bridging the gap

The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) Centre for Well Being has launched a four month ?well ? being volunteer programme? aimed at the general public. The purpose of this programme is to build a network of trained volunteers who can bridge the current gap in mental health services. The first successfully… Continue Reading