Autism, quite a taboo subject to talk about in Lebanon. In the all time communication and social media era, we tend to forget about those who communicate differently.
Autism impairs a person’s ability to communicate and relate to others. It is also associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessively arranging objects or following very specific routines. Symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe. It is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime. There is no single treatment protocol for all children with autism, but most individuals with ASD respond best to highly structured educational programs.
The Lebanese Autism Society – LAS – was founded in 1999 by parents of children with Autism, along with professionals in medicine and education. They are dedicated to funding the education of children with Autism in Lebanon as well as providing support to adults with autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. They are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.
There is a lot to do with everything around the person with autism (The society, government, schools, universities, companies etc…) in order to achieve what most of us take for granted: A normal life.