Amazonas Legislative Assembly strengthens legislation aimed at people with Autism Spectrum Disorder | Assembly Moment

Amazonas Legislative Assembly strengthens legislation aimed at people with Autism Spectrum Disorder | Assembly Moment
Amazonas Legislative Assembly strengthens legislation aimed at people with Autism Spectrum Disorder | Assembly Moment
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1 of 1 Amazonas Legislative Assembly strengthens legislation aimed at people with Autism Spectrum Disorder — Photo: Hudson Fonseca
Amazonas Legislative Assembly strengthens legislation aimed at people with Autism Spectrum Disorder — Photo: Hudson Fonseca

Amazonas Legislative Assembly strengthens legislation aimed at people with Autism Spectrum Disorder

In 2007, the United Nations (UN) established April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day.

The month of April is marked by the Abril Azul campaign, aimed at giving visibility to people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The color blue was chosen because autism affects many more boys than girls, in a ratio of 4 to 1, a fact that science still cannot explain.

The Legislative Assembly of Amazonas (Aleam) produces several pieces of legislation aimed at this audience, such as Law No. 6,458/2023, authored by deputy Adjuto Afonso, which consolidates legislation relating to people with ASD. The law promotes social inclusion and guarantees access to public health, education and social assistance services, as well as access to the job market and culture.

The objective is to combat discrimination and prejudice against people with ASD, ensuring that they are treated with dignity and respect”, highlights Adjuto.

The deputy is also the author of Law No. 5,165/2020, establishing the Single State Register of Persons with ASD. The registry is an electronic public record with the purpose of collecting, processing and systematizing information from databases to integrate them into the information system of state public bodies.

Collecting accurate data enables the development of qualitative and effective actions, being the basis for developing better public policy strategies.

Another law that benefits patients diagnosed with autism and their families is Law No. 5,012/2019, prohibiting charging additional amounts, surcharges for registration or monthly fees for students diagnosed with autism, among other syndromes or disorders.

The article was authored by congresswoman Joana Darc and the objective is to guarantee social equality for students who have syndromes or disorders, thereby ensuring their social inclusion.

“We hope to give special students dignified treatment, putting an end to abusive demands for charging extra fees”, explains the deputy.

Another difficulty faced by autistic people and their families in seeking rights or benefits is the requirement for a recent report, issued by specialist doctors, proving the existence of the disorder.

To facilitate the daily life of this group, Aleam approved Law No. 5,596/2021, determining an indefinite period for medical expert reports certifying ASD, for the purpose of obtaining benefits. The law was initiated by the deputy of the 19th Legislature, Álvaro Campêlo.

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