The First Lady, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, has said that early detection of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can help people on the autism spectrum reach significant gains in their abilities.

According to her, the significance of early diagnosis and intervention is crucial in enabling those with autism to reach their full potential.

She stated this in a message to mark World Autism Awareness Day, celebrated every year on April 2.

Tinubu said: “The journey for families with loved ones who are autistic can be challenging. Today, I salute and celebrate their unwavering love and dedication.

“I also recognize the crucial role of community organizations in providing support, resources, and opportunities for individuals with autism and their families.

‘‘However, early diagnosis and intervention are crucial to ensuring individuals with autism reach their full potential.

“I urge parents and caregivers to be attentive to developmental milestones and seek professional help if any concerns arise.”

She further called for more expression of love and collective support from everyone in the society for people with ASD to overcome the challenges.

”We can create a world where individuals, irrespective of who they are and whatever challenges they face in life, are empowered, included, and celebrated for their unique gifts,” she added.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), ASD is a diverse group of conditions characterized by some degree of difficulty with social interaction and communication.

It estimates that about one in 160 children worldwide is on the autism spectrum.

Persecondnews reports that every year on April 2nd, the world comes together to recognise World Autism Awareness Day to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders and promote the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for persons with autism.

The theme for World Autism Awareness Day 2024, “Moving from surviving to thriving: Autistic individuals share regional perspectives,” emphasises the importance of moving the conversation forward, from simply understanding autism to creating an environment where autistic people can truly thrive