Different... and proud of it.
AFA is a non-profit organization that pioneered the autism movement in South Asia. In the 1980‚Äôs autism was virtually unheard of in India, a diagnosis of autism was rare, and there was little information available. The majority of children with autism received a diagnosis of mental retardation, ‚Äòmental subnormality‚Äô or any number of other labels. Neither parents nor schools understood that these children were in fact autistic, and that children with autism respond best to specific intervention techniques. Schools and parents alike were helpless to provide adequate services to their children with autism.
In 1991, AFA began as a parent support group, with a focus on raising awareness about autism in India through smaller-scale project. In 1994 AFA began providing counselling services, specialised education and training for parents and professionals. March 1994 saw the start of ‚ÄòOpen Door,‚Äô the first specialised school for children with autism in South Asia. With the overwhelming response to these initiatives, the decision was taken to formally register Action for Autism in 1994. Recognising the lack of trained professionals to teach children with autism and to cater to the increasing demand for its services, AFA initiated Teacher Training Programmes.
Working within the framework of a rights based approach, AFA gradually extended its activities to include parent empowerment and advocacy activities to promote legislative action to guarantee services and rights of persons with autism. AFA strongly advocated for and was instrumental in the inclusion of autism in the National Trust Act in 1999, and Persons with Disabilities Act in 2016.
Having pioneered the autism movement in India, AFA has succeeded in firmly placing autism on the disability map of India.
‚Ä¢ AFA started BEd Spl Ed (ASD) in partnership with Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University and the first batch has passed out in 2018.
‚Ä¢ AFA has completed the first phase of construction of its ambitious project Ananda: The Group Home for Persons with Autism at Gurgaon Haryana
‚Ä¢ AFA trained many adults for open employment and among them two adults got job in hospitality industry in 2018.
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