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Why does our community sometimes perceive Autism as taboo? And how far have we gone to not have open discussions about this subject?

The reality is, Autism is not uncommon – it is known to be the third most common developmental disorder UK and this podcast plunges straight into the devastating impact that a lack of empathy can have on a family. 

In this ear opening episode, Rajan stays in England to speak to Rahul, a father of a child with autism and the dramatic impact it has had upon his and his family’s life. The conversation is a raw, heartfelt account of day to day battles, loneliness, ostracisation from our community, but above all, love and determination to bring up a beautiful child in a beautiful world.

Do you have a story that you would like to share?

Email: Rajan@GlobalIndianSeries.com  

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer – Global Indian Series / NazranRoth

Guest – Rahul Punj

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

Social Media – @thenazrans @globalindianseries

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3 responses to “EP33: JUDGED BY AUTISM | A FATHER’S JOURNEY”

  1. Mr P Moodley says:

    Thank you for sharing your personal experience as a parent of a autistic child. I myself have a son that has autism and I have gone through these similar experiences and share the same sentiments as you. I must say you are a good father and parent, I believe we were placed in this life to take care of a child that requires the passion strength and heart as you have, our kids are blessed to have parents like us that fight for them even when they themselves do not understand they disabilities. My advice to you is to remain strong and embrace this challenge as I have and continue to show our special kids the love and affection they need even if the world is against us.
    I was once told by my family doctor that I need to control my child because he was upset that my son dropped one of he’s display cars and it broke, it hurts to hear these comments even from professionals but it has made me wiser in a sense that I keep my son confined in a small circle where he is understood and shown love. I have come to the realization that I cannot live with expectations from the world around me because I will always be disappointed if I do so, I rather imbrace the few people in my circle and create my own happiness for myself and my family then putting us all through a situation of disapointment and hurt. Ask yourself this question that I have asked myself, “would you trust someone else to father your child with autism”? I would think not and this is why God has blessed and given them to us because we have the patience and the ability to cope and give them love.
    I have personally come to terms with my sons autism and have come to belive that we as he’s parents are truly blessed. I now take my son to public places but not where it’s too busy and theres too many people, I try to keep him and us in a comfortable environment and with close family that understands him. I still get aggressive at times with people when they reprimand him in my presence but I’ve learned now to assertively explain he’s situation to them and I have found that most of the time people try to understand and if they don’t I try not to allow it to get to me and instead just tell them to back off.
    Just some of my personal experience to show you that you not alone in this struggle and hang in there and thanks for sharing your life experience.
    Regards
    Gerald Moodley

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    • admin says:

      Thank you Gerald for listening in and supporting this conversation and more so as you have been through your own journey. I love the way you think about this, in the sense of the additional strength to support one another … a greater calling. Would love to hear more about how your child is getting on.

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  2. Dina says:

    This podcast moved me to tears. I can’t begin to imagine how it is for Rahul and his family. The daily battles, the loneliness and ostracisation…it takes a toll. I hope Diya’s paperwork for the sensory room have now gone through. We must show support as a community.

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