- Posted April 17, 2012 by
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Life with autism: Share your story
Perceptions of Autism in Cuzco, Peru
Here, there is very little understanding of autism. People here don’t have an understanding of what marks Vivian. They don’t know much. The children with down syndrome, they have a characteristic. But, for her you cannot tell. People will yell at her “Girl! Girl!” She doesn’t respond. But you yell “Vivian” and she will come running. It is so hard, because you cannot tell whether she is a normal child, or a child with difficulty. It will take sometimes 10 minutes for someone to realize. For this reason, the market is difficult. People will say, “Girl! Why are you yelling!?” because they cannot see the autism."