People with ASD are still too often subject to humiliation – Alfred Sant
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MEP Alfred Sant has said that figures from the World Health Organisation state that 1 in 160 children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) while other studies have however reported substantially higher figures, some stating that 1% of the population has ASD.
“People with ASD are still too often subject to humiliation and discrimination, including deprivation of opportunities to participate in the life of their communities,” added the MEP.
Dr Sant was speaking during a seminar on “An EU Autism Strategy to Leave No One Behind” at the European Parliament in Brussels.
He also referred to conclusions from the three-year EU funded project “Autism Spectrum Disorders in the European Union” (ASDEU) which shows the need of care is constantly increasing.
Speaking about the conclusions from the ASDEU studies on developing a public health plan at an EU level, Dr Sant supported the observations on the needed actions, including those asking for coordination between Member States that would lead to a series of cross-sectoral national strategies based on common guidelines, and harmonised practices.
He also lauded Maltese Parliamentary Secretary Anthony Agius Decelis’ efforts in Malta to move away from the exclusion concept, and move towards the idea of a holistic society based on inclusion.