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Jakarta Post

ASEAN to map bloc’s autism prevalence

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 29 2018   /  01:17 am

Contrary to popular belief, autism does not only affect rich people in the cities, it also touches the lives of the poor living in remote areas, says child psychiatrist Melly Budhiman.

However, despite her decades of experience, Melly does not have the data to back this up.

There are also no accurate data to validate the estimate that around 6 million people with autism live in ASEAN, which has a population of 625 million.

To back this up, the ASEAN Secretariat, in cooperation with the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) and the ASEAN Autism Network (AAN) launched the first autism mapping project in the region on Monday.

Melly, who is also the chairwoman and founder of the Indonesian Autism Foundation, said some parents from Jayapura and Nabire, Papua, as well as Fakfak, West Papua, had brought their children to Jakarta in the hope that they ...