Many children go undiagnosed and untreated in Africa due to unavailable and insufficient early intervention resources.
Mental health in Africa and indeed the developing world is a very sensitive topic based on the stigmatization it presents stemming from cultural and traditional beliefs that places a taboo on affected individuals and their families.
This stigmatization or labeling has prevented most children on the spectrum from achieving their potential. For some families, it is due to ignorance, denial and inability to afford treatment, not knowing where to go for information or how to access resources. While for others, it is not knowing how to address their emotional imbalance or how to handle their behavioral patterns and put in place a long-term educational and social-emotional plan that will enable them to be independent and useful to the society.
As a result, many of these children are either kept away from society and might as well be totally forgotten as their families do not want the condition associated with them.
What WE do…
Autism Care Network aims to debunk the myth and stigmatization surrounding autism most especially in Africa and other developing nations.
Autism Care Network embarks on annual missions to various African countries coordinating and providing intensive behavior modification training, applied behavior analyses and resourceful group support seminars for families and caregivers of Autistic children.
The ultimate goal is to establish functional and sustainable support groups which will develop into caring satellite support centers for families and their children.