The South Asian Autism Network (SAAN) held a recent conference to discuss the impact of autism in their countries. United Progressive Alliance president, Sonia Gandhi, chaired the event. Because the World Health Organization showed an increase in autism cases, professionals from India, Bangladesh, Thailand, and eight other southeast Asian countries have joined forces for autism awareness. SAAN hopes to focus on the common challenges that each country faces and help find solutions that will benefit all of them. They want to increase autism awareness, share research, and share professional autism training and therapies.