Sankalp – the Learning Centre, a school for children with autism spectrum disorder along with the Institute for Remedial Intervention Services, invited children from mainstream schools to participate in a programme to raise awareness about autism.

The programme was organised as part of Autism Awareness Day observed on April 2. Subhashini Rao, Director of Sankalp, said: “We called children from mainstream schools like Chinmaya Vidyalaya, DAV and SBOA and explained our curriculum to the children. We explained that children with autism are born with a disorder. Some cannot socialise or communicate but they are no different from other children.” The school put up posters and held a drawing competition. The winners were given prizes and participation certificates were also distributed. About 40 children, in the 8 to 13 years age group from mainstream schools participated.