A village in the south of Italy has allowed people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism to visit nearby beaches during COVID-19 lockdown.
The initiative comes from the village of Salve located in Salento. This area in the southern tip of Puglia is home to some of the region’s most beautiful beaches, including the so-called Maldive del Salento, which are currently closed to the public.
The town authorities announced that the beaches would be opened to sufferers of autism and intellectual disabilities who can struggle with staying indoors.
“Staying inside and not going out unless strictly necessary is difficult for everyone, but for particularly for those affected by certain conditions,” the Comune di Salve wrote on Facebook.
“For these people, staying at home for long periods risks real and serious trauma, which can result in self-harming behavior.”
The idea was proposed by the mayor of the town, Francesco Villanova, who is a father to a 9-year-old child with autism, as Il Corriere della Sera reports.
“For families with autism sufferers,” Villanova said, “after the restrictions imposed by the health emergency, life has changed radically.”
With therapy centers closed, teaching assistants no longer able to help, and no assistance at home, children with autism and their…
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