According to information from Andina News Agency, 81% of the people in Peru who receive treatment for autism are males.
People with autism, said this agency, “process information differently, literally, a characteristic that is usually not well understood and generates various misunderstandings, said the Director of Mental Health Ministry of Health (Minsa), Yuri Cutipé Cárdenas”.
In Peru, 15,625 people suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and 90.6% of this figure corresponds to children under 11 years of age.
“This neurodevelopmental disorder generates difficulties in communication and social interaction, in addition to increasing interest in certain topics or routine activities”, Andina explained.
On April 2 the World Day of Autism Awareness is commemorated, as it was declared by the United Nations to emphasize the need to improve the quality of life of children and adults with this condition to provide them with a full and dignified life.
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