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Southern Indian state issues guidelines for therapy centres for children with autism

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The Indian State of Kerala has issued guidelines to establish a minimum standard for the registration of therapy centres meant for children with autism.

The Kerala High Court has issued a direction to the Government to take steps to establish Therapy Centres.

These guidelines are based on a High Court order, directing the state government to take the steps necessary to have therapy centres for children with autism and other neurological disabilities, reports Live Law.

Therapy centres offer children with disabilities physiotherapy, occupational, speech or language therapy, and are to meet the standards given by the government, according to Section 51 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

“Considering the decision already taken in this regard for the establishment of therapy centres, for which a specific sum has been allocated, we only direct the respondents to take steps to establish therapy centres, at the earliest and at any rate within three months from the date of receipt of a copy of this judgment.” according to the court order.

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