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Keep spotlight on autism

Published:Monday | August 5, 2019 | 12:19 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I would like to commend The Sunday Gleaner (‘The agony of autism’, August 4, 2019) for bringing to its readers information on the very important issue of autism. This has for way too long been virtually ignored by our respective governments. Professionals such as Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughan have been working tirelessly, testing subjects and sharing information and intervention, but with limited backing from mainstream health and education bodies.

Indeed, evidence of autism has been on the radar for many years, so much so that there is now a growing corpus of older adolescents and young adults out there in need of attention. This issue is, however, not mentioned in the excellent discourse in Sunday Gleaner.

To this end, I am encouraging the authorities not to ignore the need for attention to autism and to specifically focus on life skill preparation and training (as appropriate) for teens and young adults. We should also encourage businesses to employ persons diagnosed with autism to undertake tasks they may be able to accomplish.

MARLENE HAMILTON

Professor Emeritus, UWI