April 2nd, we shared links from around the world. the goal was to showcase the Diversity of Autism Awareness. Here are the links and articles shared:
- The Autism Society of Kenya is a parent-driven initiative founded in the year 2003. Prior to that, knowledge of autism in Kenya was non-existent and, as a result, children affected with the disorder remained at home and young adults were placed in mental institutions. Desperate for answers, Felicity Nyambura Ngungu, grandmother of a young adult named Andrew Safari Ogolla, decided to forge ahead -- despite many challenges -- to remedy the situation. Through her tireless efforts and sheer selfless determination, ASK grew to its full potential, benefiting not only her own grandchild but all other children and adults on the spectrum in Kenya.
- Autism - Living It In view of this highly misunderstood condition and it being World Autism Awareness Day on the 2nd of April, Mrs. Amina Asad, who is a member of UAE Mums Group and whose child has Autism, has kindly accepted to lend her insights on what it encompasses and the impact it has had on her and her family. I appreciate and thank her for coming out on such a personal issue for the sole purpose of enlightening us.
- A Psychologist's Perspective on the Taboo of Autism in Nigeria The level of awareness about autism in Nigeria is low. There is some awareness among those in the medical community, but the extent of their knowledge is often limited. Most only know the symptoms and manifestations of “infantile autism”. The majority do not know that there are different forms of autism spectrum disorders (such as regressive autism).
- Jamaica Autism Support Association provides information data and resources to the people of Jamaica
- Autismo Diario is a great spanish language resource page. It is a great reference for newly diagnosed families and those that want to help.