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State government to set up two new facilities for autistic children soon

The State government had set up two facilities last year for diagnosis and therapy of children with autism.

Published: 03rd April 2022 03:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd April 2022 03:48 AM   |  A+A-

Image for representational purposes only. ( Express Illustrations)

Image for representational purposes only. ( Express Illustrations)

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: The State government will prepare a road map for providing care to autistic children. This was decided at a high-level meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Suresh Mahapatra on the occasion of World Autism Day on April 2. 

The State government had set up two facilities last year for the diagnosis and therapy of children with autism. One facility is in Bhubaneswar and another in Sundargarh. Secretary Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Bhaskar Jyoti Sarma said that two more facilities - one at Jajpur and the other at Berhampur - will be operational within a month. 

Around 40,000 differently-abled children were identified by the State government last year during a survey. The figure remains dynamic as each day around 70 to 80 autistic children are born.

It was decided that a survey will be conducted every year for the identification and care of children with autism. The Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner Pradeep Jena, and senior officers of different departments observed World Autism Day at the State secretariat.



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