Manipal: Autism and Learning Disorder Division inauguratedBy Alexander Chandy
Udupi Today Media Network
Manipal, 14 October 2017: Autism and Learning Disorder Division was inaugurated on Wednesday at the Asare premises by Mr Pramod Madhwaraj, Minister for Fisheries, Youth Empowerment & Sports and District in charge Minister and presided over by Dr H S Ballal Pro Chancellor Manipal University. While addressing the gathering the minister said that it was a unique initiative for Udupi district. He said. “It was encouraging to see Archana Trust and Manipal University collaborate to start a venture like this to provide holistic care to children with special needs”.
Dr Ballal spoke about the prevalence of autism in India and how the number was increasing every year. “This initiative, therefore, is the need of the hour,” he said and assured full support from the University to run this division. Dr GK Prabhu Pro Vice Chancellor and Director Manipal Institute of Technology suggested that technological support for the initiatives could be provided by the students. Dr Rajashekhar Dean SOAHS spoke of the different programmes that would be held for the benefit of the children and gave a brief of the project. Jai Vittal President of ASARE & Archana Trust welcomed the gathering and Col Prakash Chandra Convenor ASARE proposed the vote of thanks.
Udupi now is the second district in the state to have such a centre. Experts from the School of Allied Health Sciences such as Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry and others will take care of the children’s needs.
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