Sport festival raises public awareness of autism hinh anh 1The vibrant sport festival is held in Bac Ninh province to raise public awareness of autism. (Photo: VNA)

Bac Ninh (VNA) - Nearly 1,000 parents and over 400 autistic children joined in a vibrant sport festival in the northern province of Bac Ninh on April 1.

The activity was held as part of the third Vietnam Autism Awareness Day held by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) in collaboration with the Vietnam Autism Network (VAN), the Centre for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population and the Rubic Collaborative voluntary organisation.

VAN President Hoang Ngoc Bich said that the event aimed to raise public awareness of autism and campaign more efforts to integrate autistic children into the society.

Also, it served as a venue to share information on how to take care of autistic children as well as call for more public’s interest in autistic kids, she added.

According to Deputy Director General of the Department of Social Assistance under the MoLISA To Duc, as the number of autistic children is increasing in cities and it has become a pressing issue, the MoLISA will work to complete legal documents on people with disabilities, focusing on establishing standards to examine, evaluate and identify autistic people. They will come up with rational education and healthcare models for autistic kids, he said.

The ministry will channel more efforts to enhance communication works on autism as well as improve capacity for those who take care of autistic children.-VNA