Earlier this month ICare4Autism held an international conference in Jerusalem. During the conference, Dr. Sunita Maleku Amatya submitted her research findings for the poster competition, titled “Autism Diagnosis a challenge in Nepal.” Her research revealed that children are diagnosed at later ages due to some doctors inability to recognize symptoms. She also concluded that the delay may also be a result of some parents inexperience with recognizing normal child development milestones. This delay causes parents to miss the opportunity for their children to receive early intervention services during a pivotal time period.
Dr. Sunita Maleku Amatya’s son was diagnosed with autism, which later then sparked her interest and involvement with Autism Care Nepal (ACN.) She served as the Vice-Chairperson of ACN from 2009 until 2010. Dr. Sunita Maleku Amatya is currently serving as the Chairperson of ACN. Autism Care Nepal was established in 2008. ACN seeks to work alongside other organizations as a means of sharing both resources and information. Their goal is not only to create awareness, but also to educate and serve as advocates for the rights of autistic children in Nepal.