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Tonga marks Autism Awareness day, yesterday

 Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 03/04/2017

It is vital that parents are aware of the symptoms of autism in order to seek help for their children in a timely manner.

Tonga yesterday joined the rest of the world in marking April 2nd as Autism day, with a special prayer service at the Mango Tree Center in Houmakelikao.

It was attended by Families, friends and supporters of children diagnosed with Autism.

Speaking to Radio and Television Tonga News, the President of the Autism Awareness Committee – Lady Lupe Fielakepa says, they’re happy to mark the Autism day, because it gives them opportunity to reach out to the public and raise awareness on autism and to speak more of it.

She says, there were challenges faced before, where people are not aware of what autism means and how to live with it.

However, currently many people are aware of Autism with a few understand what it means to live with autism and others.

About 16 children are currently diagnosed with autism here in Tonga compared to more than 20 patients last year.

A person with autism will have difficulty speaking, sometimes lack spoken vocabularies and can individually have their own unique sensory problems.

The prayer service was conducted by the Director of the Mango Tree Center – Mr. ‘Amanaki Kim and was attended by Lord Fielakepa and the High Commissioner of Australia to Tonga – H.E Andrew Ford, parents and supporters of Autism awareness in Tonga.

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