A step in the right direction

It is estimated that close to 60 million people in India suffer from some form of Mental Illness, but only a meagre 0.06% of the health budget is spent on dealing with them. The neglect of this area is appalling and the country is grossly understaffed to appropriately deal with these conditions. In this context,… Continue Reading

Improving financial assistance for people living with disabilities.

In an article written in The Indian Express on the 31st of July of 2016, Javed Abidi sheds light on some of the issues faced by disabled people in the realm of accessing financial assistance. The census of 2011 puts the number of people living with disabilities at 2.68 crores, which is 2.21 % of… Continue Reading

Swimming – An essentail life skill

It is a well known and accepted fact that swimming is an essential life skill.? A recent epidemiology study undertaken by a group of researchers from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York indicates that drowning was a common cause of death among children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Dr. Li, who… Continue Reading

Children with special needs and adoption

India has made remarkable strides in the recent past, however, these positive developments are extremely unevenly distributed. While the Indian Space Research Organisation has just launched 104 satellites in a single launch, there are other areas where we appear to be stuck in another time. The adoption of special children is one such area. A… Continue Reading

Susan Levy-Osborne’s Letter to a Parent of a Child Newly Diagnosed

Welcome to the Autism Community! You may not have wanted to join, but now that you are here, you will connect to and develop friendships with a lot of cool people that understand what you are going through. The experience will definitely change you, and if you let it, you’ll become more accepting and understanding… Continue Reading

When hope is the way

Facing constant struggles can be hard and not knowing the reasons for them, are harder still. Ian?s parents knew he was different right from when he was a three-week old child. It took them 9 years of bouncing from therapist to therapist and multiple misdiagnosis to finally learn than Ian had Asperger’s syndrome. After 9… Continue Reading