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Research Proposal


“The status of Autistic person: an human rights perspective” mainly focus is done on right to
education of the autistic person


The study will be undertaken a case study analysis in which the problems faced by autistic
person in different school will be looked. The facilities they receive in normal school and special
school that will be analysised. The reason for not admitting those people in mainstream will be
seen. Then a preventive strategy should be made suggesting measures that can be done to
accommodate those persons in mainstream school.

The Situation addressed OR Project Justification:

The incidence of autism is increasing worldwide as given from the reports of medical
practitioners. Even there is no separate legislation for autistic people. There is only one Act for
the disabled people that are PWD Act, except that only the category of the autistic person is
included in National Trust Act. Even in government offices there are no data available which can
give us the total statistics of autistic person in India. They are categorized as other in the census
data 2001.

There is separate legislation in America for the autistic people

under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In Italy, for example, the national and
international rules and regulations available are effective in guaranteeing the right to an
education of disabled citizens. Even in Poland there is legislation to protect the educational rights
of the autistic people .France and U.K also follows disability discrimination Act. Even in
Germany also mainstream schools have priority. But in India there is no such strong legislation
to protect the interest of the autistic people. Many mainstream schools reject to take them in
normal school just for the reason for their illness. That why object of the research is too analysis
the reason of rejection for admitting this students in the mainstream school.

Background and Context:

Many people in the rural side are not aware of this disease only, and to recover an autistic person
early diagnosis is necessary. They are deprived of these facilities.

Very less people are aware of this disease so the family having an autistic child
had a face lot of harassment. The common people term them as mad and usually not readily
accepted by the society. The parents also were not able to participate in any functions as their
child is different and no one wants this autistic person to be a part of any function especially
those people who were not aware of the disease.
As there are no legislation or compulsion on schools to admit these people
maximum school reject them on the basis that they cannot provide them with accurate
infrastructure. This way a chunk of the population remain illiterate whose skills could have been
utilized for some productive work. As from the existing documents it is proved that an autistic
child as an IQ more than that of a normal child and they have special skills on some specific
work in which they have interest. If that can be utilized properly then they can be an asset for the
country but due to lack of facilities their talents go unnoticed.

As far as the special schools are concerned they are less in no and maximum re urban
based even some are private school also. It became very difficult for a person staying in a village
side to train his child in a special school by covering so much distance daily. Even good private
school are expensive that’s why many people cannot afford even to give their special child a
proper education.

It is against this background that the present research proposal has been developed.

Conceptual Framework, Assumptions and Hypotheses:

The conceptual framework the study draws upon includes concepts such “state responsibility”,
“socio-economic impact”, “ clinical impact”, “cultural impact”, “psychological impact “and
“medical impact” .

Assumptions tested by the study include the incidence of autism is increasing in India. A second
assumption on which the study circulates is the phenomena of autism are understood by very few
people in India.

The main hypothesis tested is that children receive better facilities in special school than in
normal school.

Research Method and Data Collection/Data Generation:

Research methods to be employed include desk studies and library research; analysis of media
accounts (both print and electronic) of autistic persons; compilation and analysis of existing
works on the psychology of autistic persons , procedures and strategies; generation of fresh data
through interviews and oral history; and content analysis of statements from autistic persons and
their family members views. Mainly purposive sampling and snowball sampling will be done to
collect the data with help of a questionnaire with both open and close end questions.

Data Analysis: Findings and Conclusions:

Case study techniques will be used to verify both the existing data and of data freshly generated.
Findings and conclusions will be widely disseminated to allow for testing of conclusions

Limitations and Information Gaps:

The research problem will have to cope with the problem that exact statistical data is not
available on autistic person. Even the attitude of the autistic children are not friendly they don’t
like to cooperate while giving the data, even the researcher will have to cope with this problem.
Even attitude of the family members is bit different as they are being disturbed by these children
so all this things need to be taken into consideration. Even this information is very confidential
and sensitive issues so all data will be kept confidential and will only be used for academic
purposes that guarantee will have to be given also.


A series of recommendations shall be made suggesting the way to deal with societal attitude and
also the gap in facilities those were available in special and how those can be provided in normal


Furneaux Barbara “Autistic Children”, London; Boston: Butterworths,1975


Http// Autism act -2009-U.k

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