International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Lived Experiences of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Canada and Pakistan
Remsha Nadeem, MemoonaArshad, Stuart B. Kamenetsky

The present paper represents aqualitative cross-cultural comparison of the lived experiences of Canadian and Pakistani 2-5-year-old children withAutism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A brief overview of disability law and policies in Canada and Pakistan isprovided, followed by information gathered through direct contact with ASD professionals and families via social media. It appears that,contrary to common wisdom, a wealthy developed nation such as Canada, provides few guarantees for quality education and care for such children.At the same time, developing nations such as Pakistan find their own unique ways to address the needs of young children with ASD, often building upon cultural strengths. The efforts in raising such children in both wealthy and developing nations meet both successes and failures.

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