Haven International an Association that seeks to promote the interest of people with autism in Ghana has organized a Cocktail event that aim to solicit support to sustain and expand their program mes.
The event brought together officials from the Ministry of education, UNICEF, GES special education units, Kenya airways,, and the beyond aid project as well as the national coordinator of miss universe Ghana and co-founder Raising , Ellen Osei and new members of the autism fraternity in Ghana.
Briefing news men during the launch, the executive director and founder of Haven international,
Dr Genevieve Kumapley , said she is inspired to org anise training for autistic children in the country and to impact knowledge to parents and teachers who might have children with autism and other disabilities.
She gave the three main areas of difficulty which all people with autism share also known as the ‘triad of impairments’ as difficulty with social communication, difficulty with social interaction as well as difficulty with social imagination.
She added that, she has brought a team of therapist who will offer training and strategy’s on autism and urged parents with autistic children not to hide them at home but rather send them to health facilities to receive the needed care and attention since ?such children have special needs that demand special care and attention?
Dr Genevieve Kumapley, who spoke to spy news agency noted that special education exists to provide resources and access for specialized education as well as training on autism
She added that , her outfit is prepared to teach health professionals ,a swell as parents and individuals to provide awareness for autism.
Ellen Osei occupational therapist -haven international also advocated for more training and strategist for teachers and health professionals who have children suffering from autism.
An appeal for funds to raise money towards assisting autistic children yielded over 8500 Ghana cedis.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
The World Health Organization estimates that 20 per cent of children worldwide are affected by a disabling mental illness. Developmental disabilities worldwide are commonly under reported, which poses a problem for the caregiver and individuals affected by the illness as they get older and enter society.
Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day on 2nd April to create awareness and raise funds for patients.
From Frank Owusu Obimpeh