Turning on the lights in the North opens autism awareness month in Amapá – News of Brazil

Turning on the lights in the North opens autism awareness month in Amapá – News of Brazil


On Monday night, the 1st, the Palácio do Setentrião, headquarters of the Government of Amapá, was illuminated in shades of blue to mark Autism Awareness Month. The turning on of the lights marked the opening of the state programming of the “Blue April” campaign, celebrated worldwide, to give visibility and stimulate debate about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

When launching the program, Governor Clécio Luís highlighted the importance of the State acting with continuous planning, with significant achievements, to guarantee people with autism, small and large victories in care and assistance through public services.

“The turning on of the lights is symbolic to draw attention to the entire month of awareness of the autism cause. We are fighting daily to advance more and more in the services offered, which starts with diagnosis, goes through the classroom, specialized care and goes all the way to reception at the agencies. This is a confrontation to be carried out throughout the state, as we are already doing, with support and determination to guarantee the rights of autistic people”, highlighted governor Clécio Luís.

At Palácio do Setentrião, during the event there were musical performances by the young keyboardist, Oswaldo Ferreira da Silva Neto, 14 years old, students from the Centro Educacional Raimundo Nonato; of students from Centro Mundo Azul and the choir of the Association of Parents and Friends of Autists of Amapá (AMA), made up of care professionals, autistic children and young people.

After the presentations, the governor received representatives of the cause and public servants from health, education and social assistance in the Meeting Room to align new strategies to be followed to implement public policies aimed at autistic people.

The special lighting initiative was also repeated in buildings of other public institutions, located on Avenida FAB, in the center of Macapá, such as the Court of Justice of Amapá (Tjap).

“Since I took over the management of the Amapá Justice Department, we have made several advances for people who need special assistance. Hence the importance of having a report certifying the condition of autism, both for the autistic person and for their family members.”highlighted the president of Tjap, judge Adão Carvalho.

Blue April

“Blue April” was established by the United Nations (UN), with the aim of providing information to the population to reduce discrimination and prejudice. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in every 160 children in the world has ASD. Autism can be identified in the first years of life, although a professional’s diagnosis is only given between the ages of 4 and 5.

“We are just grateful to those who help us in this cause. If AMA has its headquarters today, it is because of work carried out by governor Clécio when he was mayor. It is with unity, integration of public authorities with civil society, everyone helping each other, that we will be able to improve and bring solutions to welcome autistic people”said Cassius Clay, president of the AMA, which welcomes 72 children, ages 4 to 12.

Especially throughout the month, “Abril Azul” will focus on itinerant actions throughout Amapá, aimed at raising awareness of ASD and possibilities for monitoring and activities that help in the development of autistic people.

In the municipalities where Super Fácil is based, but does not yet have the TEAcolho Project rooms, a space dedicated to providing care and support to people on the autism spectrum, the actions arrive to offer different services.

Support for people with ASD

In April 2023, the Government of Amapá began welcoming people at the Educational Assistance Center for People with ASD (Centro Mundo Azul), in the municipality of Santana, which has spaces for care with a speech therapist and psychologist, to work on cognition skills and language. 250 students, aged 5 to 23 years old, live in the municipalities of Santana, Mazagão and Macapá, and the community of Anauerapucu.

In the State structure, other services also serve the public with ASD, through the Special Education Center (Nees), the Pedagogical Support Center for the Visually Impaired (CAP), the Deaf Service Center (CAS), the High Activities Center Skills/Giftedness (CAAH’S) and the Raimundo Nonato Dias Rodrigues Educational Center (CERNDR).

About autism

Autism is a health condition characterized by challenges in social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication; however, appropriate therapies for each case can help these people improve their relationship with the world.

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