Subsidies doubles for underprivileged patients suffering autism

TEHRAN – The Ministry of Health has doubled the subsidies allocated to 4,000 autistic patients under the Welfare Organization’s coverage, granting 10 million rials (nearly $250) subsidies per patient, head of the transplantation and treatment of diseases department at the Ministry of Health has announced.

“Currently, some 8,000 people have been diagnosed with autism disorder in the country,” ISNA quoted Mehdi Shadnoosh as saying on Saturday.
“It should be noted that autism disorder is among the most prevalent disorders in the country, which has increased dramatically over the past decade,” he added.

Although, regional programs have been implemented or are being implemented in rural and urban areas, the programs are less satisfactory from the parents of autistic individuals point of view, he lamented.

In order to promote facilities and services for these patients, various governmental bodies, public and families of the autistic individuals must participate through a comprehensive and coordinated program, he also added.

He went on to say that significant programs are underway through the country’s Special Education Organization, but we need a comprehensive program to achieve better results in this field.

“It is estimated that about 320,000 autistic individuals can be identified in the country, approximately 35,000 of them are children under school age, up to 7 years old,” he stated, adding, early diagnosis and interventions for autistic children is of great importance.

Pointing to each level of the disorder having its own therapeutic…

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