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    On April 2nd, 2023, Hyderabad hosted its first-ever all-inclusive 2k walk for autism in celebration of World Autism Day. The event, titled “A Walk A Wave to Love and Accept Autism,” was organized by Marham Resonating Resilience, an NGO founded by Dr. Nabat Lakhani, and aimed to initiate an inclusive society. More than 1000 people, including individuals on the autism spectrum, participated in the walk.

    The event was graced by several eminent personalities, including Chief Guest Gopichand Pullela, Indian Badminton Player, and the Radio Mirchi team RJ Shadab, RJ Shezzi, Rupal, and Mrs. Asia Pacific Universe Abhimanika Yadav. Dr. Dinesh Kumar Chirla, the Director of Intensive Care Services at Rainbow Children’s Hospital, and his team were also recognized for their support to the cause.

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    Pullela Gopichand shared a personal anecdote about how he changed his perspective towards sports after meeting a child with autism who struggled to catch shuttles. He emphasized that it is our responsibility to find talent in children and encourage them.

    The event also featured several doctors who shared insights on autism. Dr. Lokesh Lingappa highlighted that staying at home without socializing may develop autism in children and emphasized the need for therapists to support children with autism. He also requested the government to help parents with financial needs. Dr. Ramesh Konanki discussed how denial is a significant challenge for parents when they learn about their child’s autism diagnosis and stressed the importance of starting therapy as soon as possible. Dr. Amulya Mysore reminded everyone that every child is unique and that it is essential to focus on their strengths.

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    Overall, the Walk for Autism was a resounding success, promoting awareness and acceptance of autism while fostering a more inclusive society.

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    Rajesh M
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