The Wife of the President, Ms. Elizabeta Gjorgievska, participated in a panel discussion “Approach to Autism” held at the European House on the occasion of the World Autism Awareness Day.
Ms. Gjorgievska said that a comprehensive study is needed in which we will see what percentage and number of people with autistic spectrum there are in the country in order to develop adequate legal solutions and enable the planning of the number of assistants.
“The number of people with autistic spectrum is increasing, though we do not have the exact number. Every day at work we see that we have an increasing number of people with the autistic spectrum. Therefore, it is necessary to invest in day care centers because socialization is especially important for people with the autistic spectrum”, Ms. Gjorgievska stressed.
The Wife of the President also said there is greater awareness of early diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of people with autistic spectrum, and by raising awareness of these challenges, they will be helped for a better quality of life.
Angjela Milevska, special educator and rehabilitator, Damjan Pavlov, medical student, Denis Jankulovski from “Autism AAMK” and Domnika Kardula, parent of a child with autism, addressed the panel discussion with their views.
The panel discussion is an opportunity to discuss the approach to autism and the importance of a holistic approach to autism treatment, research and development, and other topics of relevance to autism.
The event is a continuation of the series of debates in the field of medicine, implemented with the support of the Wife of the President and EU Ambassador David Geer, in cooperation with the Club of Young Doctors and with the participation of the Association of Trainees and Young Doctors, the Association of Medical Students and associations and individuals operating in this area.