Merry Barua, founder-director of National Centre for Autism, New Delhi, said autism was not a mental disaster or retardness, but an intellectual disability due to uneven skill development.
Apart from signs and symptoms, Barua explained the triad of impairment ie reciprocal communication, reciprocal social interaction and interests, and behaviour. She also said that an austistic child would like to remain aloof, passive indifferent, active but odd, over social and over formal.
Barua was speaking at a seminar on austism organised by SDP College for Women here on Wednesday. The lecture was followed by an interactive session, wherein students brought forward their queries.
Earlier, Barua was accorded a cordial welcome by president Balraj Bhasin, director S Verma, principal Paramjeet Kaur, members of management, staff and heads of other institutions.
Principal also highlighted Barua's contributions as a disability activist in the field in autism.
She told the audience that Barua started this awareness campaign in 1991. Since then with little support from society or authorities, she set about changing the scenario in awareness, diagnositics, education and allied services, human resource development and public among others.
She further said that Barua writes, teaches, lobbies, sensitises, trains, counsels, advocates, educates and enables individuals with autism and their families to empower themselves to face the situation.