Expert Ricardo Canal and his team are developing innovative lines of work that reaffirm USAL’s commitment in research into ASD.
“Let’s break barriers together for autism. Let’s make an accessible society” is the theme chosen this year, 2017, to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day next Sunday, April 2, with the goal of overcoming the many barriers people with ASD face to enjoying their fundamental rights and to becoming fully part of the community.
Participating in this commemoration are the Asperger and Ariadne Associations of Salamanca and USAL. It is a theme that one of the greatest international experts on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD),
and Professor of the University of Salamanca, Ricardo Canal Bedia, has made his own, when he stated that “we still have a long way to go, but I am optimistic, because society is more aware and we are on a good path in developing tools and research.”
As a result of this optimism and a professional life fully dedicated to this neurological disorder, the director of the Center for Comprehensive Attention to Autism-Infoautism of USAL has just started a new three year line of study on early signs of autism under 12 months in premature babies because “they present more risk than those born at term.” A risk that becomes “very high with a birth before 28 weeks of gestation and also in late preterm infants, born before 37 weeks but after 32,” Ricardo Canal explained to Communication University of Salamanca.