World Autism Awareness Day: Advances and challenges in Acre

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On World Autism Awareness Day, celebrated on April 2, Acre stands out for its efforts to recognize and support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This day is an important milestone in reducing the prejudice and discrimination that often affect these people.

The Associação Família Azul do Acre (Afac) estimates that between 15 and 20 thousand people in the state may have ASD, although there is still no official number. In response to this uncertainty, the Public Ministry of the State of Acre began, in the first half of 2023, the preparation of a pioneering census in the country to identify the exact number of people with autism in the state1.

Attorney Gilcely Evangelista, coordinator of the Working Group to Defend the Rights of People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (GT-ASD), emphasizes that the survey is ongoing and that updated data and estimates will soon be presented to improve policies public policies aimed at this population.

The Municipal Health Department of Rio Branco records at least 800 children with a complete diagnosis of ASD in its databases, but the number of adults registered is significantly smaller, highlighting the need to expand care and support.

Parents and families of children with autism often seek guidance from MPAC, especially following the rise in ASD diagnoses. They look for information about their rights and the path to follow to access them1. For assistance, the MPAC team is available for daily support and can be contacted via WhatsApp.

It is important to highlight that, in relation to legal benefits, families must contact the Federal Public Ministry, which has competence in this area.1.

ASD is a neurodevelopmental condition that accompanies a person throughout life. It is not considered a disease and therefore does not require a cure. People with ASD are legally recognized as people with disabilities and are entitled to benefits that can make their day easier.

In the Brazilian legal context, people with autism are entitled to a series of benefits, including tax exemption on the purchase of vehicles and free interstate transport for those with a family income of up to two minimum wages.

This awareness day is an opportunity to reflect on the advances and challenges we still face to ensure a more inclusive and welcoming society for everyone.

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