As the fifth largest country in the world in both size and population, Brazil is home to an estimated 1.5 million people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a neuropsychiatric syndrome that can be characterized by behavioral manifestations that interrupt or hinder communication, social interaction, and development of the brain.
The country has been making strides to better detect and respond to the developmental disorder, and the city of São Paulo is at the center of the conversation. From participating in global panels, to enacting government policies, Brazil has taken the initiative to assist those in need.
Those who are affected by ASD however, may not be benefiting directly. While policies and procedures are making headway in the largest city of South America, the actions and personnel necessary to treat ASD are missing from the puzzle.
With the national motto of "Order and Progress," Brazil has more work to be done for the ASD community if it intends to live up to its motto.