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    Perceptions of Autism in Cuzco, Peru

    Interview with the mother of a child with autism in Peru. Transcription: "...It’s like that. In the community, we just have to be... We very rarely leave the house though. When you are washing and washing clothing, there is no time to leave. When we do go to the market, we buy it all.
    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."
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