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Autism awareness day observed

Kohima, April 2: Nagaland governor Ashwani Kumar attended the World Autism Awareness Day function and the inauguration of a multi-purpose hall at the Jo Foundation Inclusive Play School in Agri Colony (Middle Medizie) here today.

Speaking at the function, the governor said the day is auspicious as it enables people to share their concern for the differently abled.

He said the cause of autism has not been ascertained till today and that more money, time and effort are required to find a cure. He said till then, people should guarantee social security for all differently-abled people. He said society and the government have been taking measurers so that differently-abled people do not face discrimination. He also emphasised the reservation policies of the government for the differently abled. Kumar said the government of Nagaland has appointed a commission for the differently abled. The governor said despite government policies, the responsibility to look after the differently abled falls on the family and society.

He lauded the efforts of the chairman of Jo Foundation, Daniel Thong Seb, and his associates for their endeavour to serve the differently abled and for taking steps to ensure their welfare. He said there are many innovations today that can help the differently abled and make their life efficient.

There are over a dozen autistic children in Kohima.

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