The conference brought together medical professionals, researchers, governments, NGOs, and stakeholders from the country's autism community to discuss local research and available services for those affected.
Professor Petrus de Vries of the UCT Department of Psychiatry found that only 10% of people with autism in South Africa were correctly diagnosed. As a result, families have difficulty finding access to education services needed for children, and adults find it difficult to find adequate living space in the wider community.
He also noted with concern that South Africa contributed little to world research literature on the subject, with only 28 South African authors ever having published articles in academic journals.
Keri Delport, director of Autism Western Capsicons said her early novice booster boxes have helped parents give their autistic children the love and care they need. The organization also launched school readiness kits and adult kits in 201