An Autism Special School has been established at Balmandir Primary School in Bharatpur Metropolis. The special school offers educational opportunities for children suffering from autism.

Inaugurating the school amidst a programme here today, Bharatpur Mayor Renu Dahal said it was the first of its kind school in Nepal dedicated to the educational pursuit of children with autism.

Parents of children with autism are having a difficult time, she said, expressing commitment to developing the school in a way so as to cater to the needs of society.

"Autism indeed is a pressing problem.

It has emerged as a tension for family members and relatives." The school has been established to address the problem.

On the occasion, Deputy Mayor Parbati Shah Thakuri asked for support from all sides for the campaign as it directly benefits children with special need.

Chief of Education Division of the metropolis, Mahendra Prasad Poudel, said autism is a congenital disability, and children with autism do not normally develop other skills and repeat the same activities. Taking this condition into consideration, the metropolis initiated the special school to take custody of such children, he further noted.

There are as many as 40 children with autism in the metropolitan area.

The school offers mid-day meal, care-giving and education for the children. Around Rs 1.8 million is estimated to be expended to operate the school in the current fiscal year, it is informed.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 4 2021, of The Himalayan Times.