Govt to launch special program to support individuals with autism

Published On: September 16, 2023 06:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Sept 16: In a recent event held in Kathmandu, Suresh Adhikari, the Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, unveiled a dedicated program designed to provide essential support and care to individuals with autism.

Addressing the event, Secretary Adhikari highlighted that the proposed education bill, currently under review in parliament, encompasses a comprehensive approach to inclusive education. He emphasized the unique needs of individuals with autism, acknowledging that their educational journey necessitates specialized attention and care within the classroom.

Secretary Adhikari pointed out the need for an improved examination system, emphasizing that the current examination procedures are identical for persons with disabilities and those without. In recognition of diverse abilities and skills, he announced plans to incorporate inclusive education subjects into the 16th periodic plan.

Adhikari stressed the importance of creating a conducive environment to foster the development and utilization of the capacity and efficiency of individuals with autism. He stated, "It's not sufficient for our policies to be inclusive or for our constitution to guarantee quality education. We must translate these principles into practical action. Attention must be directed towards our schools, classrooms, and the overall learning environment."

Adhikari disclosed that the education bill registered in parliament includes provisions for special education, marking the first time such measures will be enshrined in law. The government is committed to establishing an environment conducive to nurturing the unique skills and abilities of individuals with autism, recognizing that autism is a distinctive condition with which individuals are born.


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