Seminar on autism social security and service held in Beijing
A seminar on autism social security and service was held at the China Disabled Persons’ Federation on Jan 19 to strengthen legal protection and public support for this special group.
The Chinese governments will step up publicity on autism in the 2016-2020 period to encourage more care and support for autistic people and their families, according to officials from the federation.
Huang Yueqin and Lv Shiming, vice presidents of the federation, addressed the seminar chaired by Wen Hong, president of the China Association of Persons with Psychiatric Disability and their Relatives.
The Chinese governments had made the work for the well-being of the autistic a top priority during the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15), releasing relevant recovery and education policies. The efforts have born fruits.
The governments will further encourage public care and support for autistic people and their families between 2016 and 2020. It will strengthen their positions in legislation, law enforcement and legal aid, and strive to make breakthroughs in autism policies and regulations.
Autism work will also be incorporated in overall planning for the disabled’s welfare. Social security and services, including recovery subsidies for those 0-6 years old and psychological support for families of autistic people, will be included in public social services. The China Association of Persons with Psychiatric Disability and their Relatives will play a positive role in studying and adapting matured international technology, developing specialist teaching staff, integrating education programs for autistic people, and establishing service systems for adult autism patients.
Officials from the federation’s other departments, experts in the fields of medical treatment, education, law and media, and autism rehabilitation facilities joined the seminar, as did autism patients’ family members.