SRM College of Occupational Therapy, SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre inaugurated an event related to autism research and intervention titled ‘National Conference on Autism (NCA) 2024’. This three-day conference focused on the pivotal theme of ‘Translation of Research into Usable Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder’, aiming to bridge the gap between research findings and practical applications for the benefit of children with autism.

The inauguration ceremony was graced by dignitaries with their presence including,

➢ Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan, Pro-Chancellor (Academics), SRMIST
➢ Prof. C. Muthamizhchelvan, Vice Chancellor, SRMIST
➢ Dr. S. Ponnusamy, Registrar, SRMIST
➢ Dr. T. Mythili, Additional Registrar (MSL), SRMMCH&RC, SRMIST
➢ Dr. Nitin M. Nagarkar, Dean (Medical), SRMMCH&RC, SRMIST
➢ R. Venkatraman, Medical Superintendent, SRMMCH&RC, SRMIST
➢ Dr. U. Ganapathy Sankar, Dean, SRM College of Occupational Therapy, SRMMCH&RC, SRMIST

The Chief Guest was Dr. Pankaj Bajpai, President of the All India Occupational Therapists Association (AIOTA), who ceremoniously released the conference souvenir thereby presenting the first copy to Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan.

Highlights of the Inauguration:

➔ The inauguration of the National Conference on Autism 2024 brought a diverse audience comprising dignitaries, students, faculty members, research scholars, and staff respectively.
➔ The event commenced with enthusiasm and purpose, symbolizing the collective commitment to addressing the challenges faced by individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
➔ This conference served as a platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration among experts in the field of occupational therapy and autism research.
➔ Focusing on translating research findings into practical interventions, the conference aimed to empower professionals and caregivers with effective strategies to support children with autism in their developmental journey.
➔ As the conference spanned over three days, participants engaged in discussions, presentations, and hands-on workshops which enhanced the understanding and support innovation for autism intervention.

The inaugural ceremony of the National Conference on Autism 2024 marked a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder. Through collective efforts and collaboration, the conference comprised meaningful contributions toward improving the lives of children with autism and their families.