"Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. [...] Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support".
For a therapist:
"For me, Autism is a condition of life that some people are having difficulties in some areas that are essential to be part of a community or society. Areas such as communication, socialization and mental flexibility are the most affected. It is a cognitive state but does not make you neither superior nor inferior ".
For the father of a kid with autism:
"I think it is the situation that affects me the most as a parent. You cannot communicate with him, you can not play with him as you imagined, you can not fulfill the dreams that you once had when you first knew you'd have a son".
The World Health Organization estimates that 1 in every 160 children under 12 years old has autism in the world. In Mexico, there are about 33 million children under 14 years (INEGI), but still no official figures mention how many cases have been diagnosed with autism in our country and there are many children who do not yet have that a diagnostic, therefore they are not getting the help they need. If we take the data from WHO, we can estimate that, right now, approximately 220,000 children with autism are living in Mexico. In Latin America, there are over 1.3 million (UNESCO), with a higher incidence in children compared with cancer and HIV (UNICEF). And this is where things get complicated, because for this community there has been little to nothing when talking about technology developments in our country.
Early intervention may be the differentiator between the level of independence that a child with autism may reach, or not. Autism can be diagnosed from 18 months , and if specialized education is provided for the kids, their chances of adapting to a school system increase significantly. However, in Mexico there are many challenges regarding the education of a child with autism (money, accessibility, availability) and even though parents seek a variety of ways to help their children, it is difficult for them to provide all the elements their child may need.
We want to generate awareness in our society. We have created to support parents and mothers, by providing to them tools to share their moments of joy and learning with their children, tools that allow specialists to involve technology in schools, institutions and therapies. In order to achieve this, we need your help. Share, talk about it, tell your friends, family and others about autism and what anyone can do to help this community! Help us spread the word! Now, you are part of the movement!