Pasantía publicado por: Africa Intern
Publicado el: 21/01/2013
The Autism Centre is a local support and education centre for children with autism that was founded in 1998 by a mother of a child with autism. AACT's mission is to support the families of children with autism. In order to achieve this mission, AACT focuses on two primary areas: 1) promoting awareness and understanding of autism in Ghana ; and 2) providing training and educational services to children with autism in order for them to function more effectively in society.
While developing countries understand autism as a medical disorder, the general public in Ghana have little or no understanding of autism. Given this "gap", families of children with autism are often left ostracized from their communities and extended families. In some cases, the mothers of children with autism are seen as "witches" that have possessed their child with evil spirits. For these reasons, having a child with autism in Ghana is a traumatic and painful experience for most families.