Mumbai: Salman Khan has become the face of autism in India. Walking an extra mile to promote the cause, the actor has joined the campaign to spread awareness about autism in kids and says that autism is a disorder, not a disease.
Salman Khan got roped in for the cause at an awards event recently. Salman was inspired by a lady who came up to receive an award in recognition of her work in the field of autism.
The lady while receiving her award, made a comment that autism awareness needs to be generated, and a very good way to do that is to have a celebrity face. She asked Salman Khan then and there if he’d be the face of autism in India. Her son was diagnosed with autism; she had travelled abroad to study and lend support to other autistic children/family of autistic children.
Without wasting a moment Salman said that he will do his best to spread awareness. Salman Khan has published a guide book through his NGO, Being Human, on World Autism Awareness Day today.
Salman said, “Autism is not disease, it is a disorder and can happen to anyone irrespective of class, creed, nationality and gender. Autism exists all over the world. Autism is a lifelong condition. But no matter what age, people with autism can improve. “
April 2 has been declared as World Autism Awareness Day by a resolution passed in the United Nations General Assembly to create awareness about Autism.