In 2007, the United Nations (UN) declared April 2 as the World Day of Awareness for Autism, therefore in Guayaquil several organizations such as the Cantonal Council of childhood and adolescence, The psychoeducational center Isaac and the foundations Autism Ecuador and Red Noses will carry out several activities to commemorate the international day of this disorder that affects millions of people worldwide.
Among the planned activities, is a guided walk through the city in buses from Guayaquil Vision for children affected with the disorder, and also a show in the Rotonda hemicycle of the of The Malecón Simón Bolívar, where the monument of Bolivar and San Martin will be illuminated in indigo blue.
According to Paola Zambrano, psychologist specialized in children and adolescents with neurological impairments, autism is a disorder characterized by severe deficits in the social development of a person.
Likewise, indicated that the current figures of incidence of the disorder globally are of around 60 cases per every 10,000 births, and while there is no official figure in Ecuador she estimated that at least 15,000 people suffer from autism.
“These persons, who are not silly or foolish, only think and act different and we need to help them,” said the specialist.