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The Challenge – Autism in Africa
In the DRC, there are very toxic, deep-seated beliefs about Autism. One of the most common misconceptions is that children born with Autism happen because of ‘faulty’ mothers.
Women are led to believe their bodies are flawed, unholy, unhealthy or even demonic.
More often than not, their husbands leave them, forcing them to raise their child alone.
Since they are not accepted by their families, the shame and stigma around Autism often lead to many of these women seeking out desperate solutions to deal with their frustrations and problems.
Often, these women abandon their Autistic child, leading to childhood homelessness.
Improving Family Outcomes Through Classroom Environments
Autism Congo is working to build a school for Autistic children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This will allow children with Autism to thrive in ways that children with Autism do in the United States and other Western developed countries.
Our school will provide Autistic children with instructional faculty and administrators trained to work with ASD children.
In addition to providing a safe and nurturing educational environment for Autistic children, our school will also offer outreach and supportive services for their families. This, we believe, will improve outcomes and reduce homelessness in children with Autism this country.
The time for change is NOW
There’s no better time than now to help us on our mission to raise awareness about Autism. The present stigma in Africa tragically leads to women abandoning their babies or feeling isolated and alone. Their self-worth is completely shattered. As a result, children are not able to receive the proper care and education that they require.
Partner with us and let’s make a change!
This is why we need your help! If your child has Autism then you understand this struggle. Here in the U.S., we have the resources to provide the care and attention your child needs to succeed. As we raise awareness of the conditions in Africa concerning Autism, we can begin to improve outcomes for mothers and their Autistic children.