St. Kitts and Nevis joined the global community in celebrating World Autism Awareness Day, April 2.
However, the entire month of April is recognized as the time frame for autism awareness.
As part of the awareness campaign, the St. Kitts Spectrum Services Center, which has been commissioned to generate greater social consciousness on the disorder set up a booth in the Independence Square. Director of the agency, Josephine Claxton Richardson, provided some valuable insight on the local campaign to increase awareness.
Claxton Richardson revealed that even though the agency was recently commissioned, they desperately need an area that is more adequately suited to deal with the disorder that is recognized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours and speech and nonverbal communication.
Autism affects 1 in every 160 child globally.
Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place all month to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support.