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Showing posts from April, 2014

Hong Kong's laws on autism and disabilities are decades behind

The United Nations has designated April 2 as the World Autism Awareness Day since 2008. This year, the UN secretary-general calls for more efforts on education programmes, employment opportunities and other measures so people with autism can be realize their full potentials.

Autism is an inherent, life-long condition of difficulty in communicating and interacting with others, and the presence of repetitive and stereotyped behaviour and interests. It is a spectrum condition, meaning how these challenges may affect varies from individual to individual.

The incidence appears to be on the increase. The latest figures show one in 86, 64, 55 and 38 in the US, UK, Japan and Korea respectively are autistic.[1]  Some estimate there are more than 70,000 people in Hong Kong with autism, while the official estimate is 3,800. [2] However, it is unclear whether the condition is genuinely becoming more prevalent, or whether the increase reflects changes in assessment methodology and greater aware…