Understanding autism
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Understanding autism

5.5 Pooling resources and practices

Looking at autism in a less well-resourced country serves to emphasise that, despite many outstanding problems and challenges, resources available in Western countries such as the UK have facilitated progress. Building on this, international research teams can share knowledge and skills, thus promoting global exchange of insights and practices. As Prithvi Perepa emphasises, this is not a one-way process: despite low resources, non-Western communities may offer progressive models from which much can be learned:

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They're not necessarily looking at labelling the child or identifying the child with a disability but then say, this is how this person functions, now how do we, as a community, look after and support? I think, which is almost kind of an ecological model of disability or looking after the person as a community that we are defining and describing as good practise in Europe and West, which some communities are already doing without label, probably having better inclusion. Because of that idea that the whole village looks after a child philosophy, whether or not you have a disability.
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