AN INCLUSIVE REIMAGINATION: EXPLORING ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVES TO AUTISM MANAGEMENT IN SOUTH ASIA

Vardaan Nagpal
2020 International journal of social science and economic research  
As research and awareness on Autism Spectrum Disorder grows in South Asia, so does the incidence of cases, from early childhood, into adulthood. The need of the hour is to develop culturally specific, individualized treatment methods for a more inclusive approach to ASD management in South Asia. Given the community based culture, often conservative cultures, and low income settings and backgrounds, developing alternative treatments which are accessible is crucial. It is further important to
more » ... er important to develop an approach which encourages viewing ASD as a different way of being and a learning approach, rather than a disability associated with a stigma. This paper will examine existing trends in autism management in the region, and shed light on promising developments in developing unique methods for the South Asian context. The paper will propose recommendations for better implementation of these methods, as well as emphasize the need for data collection and targeted interventions, which involve translation into local languages, further detailed case studies, and collaboration between countries.
doi:10.46609/ijsser.2020.v05i09.025 fatcat:utsf7wme4ve6jpdcbcp2yjjhra