Going blue for autism

2015-04-30 15:11
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The Alberlito building that was lit up for Autism Awareness.

Photo: supplied The Alberlito building that was lit up for Autism Awareness.

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NETCARE Alberlito, in partnership with Imbalito Hope College and Ballito Autism Centre of Excellence, joined the “Light it up Blue” campaign on World Autism Awareness Day.

The world went blue for World Autism Awareness Day after over 16 000 buildings and counting joined the campaign.

This year marks the ninth annual Light it up Blue Autism Awareness Campaign where more than 3000 iconic buildings and landmarks in over 50 countries on six continents turn their lights blue for world autism awareness.

The Ballito Autism Centre of Excellence and Imbalito Hope College are at the forefront of raising awareness for autism on the North Coast.

“This day is all about informing the community about the myths surrounding autism and providing a center of support for those who require it. We are very grateful to Netcare Alberlito hospital for their ongoing support and assistance in getting the message out there.” said BACE and IHC director and psychologist Nirasha Dhaniram.

Dr Basil Dhaniram, co-Ddirector of IHC said: “Autism is a lifelong complex condition that occurs as a result of disordered brain growth, structure and development. Autism is believed to stem from genetic predisposition triggered by environmental factors.”

Dhaniram added that parents should consult their paediatrician or their family doctor if their children show signs of restricted repetitive behaviors, limited social interaction, and language development.

“It was great to see the community supporting the blue biscuit and cupcake sale. By engaging with residents we are able to debunk myths surrounding autism and ensure early detection so that children may receive professional assistance,” said hospital marketing officer José Nadesan.

Basil and Nirasha Dhaniram are also parents of a child with autism and beacons of hope to other families and professionals who are overcoming the challenges of treating and parenting in the world of autism.

For details on autism treatments and educating a child with Autism, contact Dhaniram on 032 586 0200 or visit the Imbalito Hope College Facebook page

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