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WE NEED MORE AUTISM AWARENESS PROGRAMS AND CENTRES IN AFRICA.


autism_awareness_month_april_postcard-p239710160817749632z8iat_400Statistics have shown today 1 in 68 children has been diagnosed with Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) . Most People are not even aware they have autistic children and in extreme cases in Rural areas these children are locked away and shut out completely from the community as well. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.

Before scientist believed Autism was a condition limited to western and technologically developed countries however there are more cases of children living with Autism in Africa. In some cultures symptoms related to autism seems normal or supernatural related and therefore these children do not get any care.

Early Intervention, diagnosis and treatment are some of the main elements to help an autistic child develop to their full potential. In the beginning Autism can be very difficult and this is the time as a parent you can learn as much as you can about treatments, medications and how to improve your Child’s communication and social behaviour.

Some of the possible reasons why cases of Autism in Africa are non verbal is due to difficulty in finding services even with a diagnosis given,mental health care facilities and trained personnel to work with autistic children are a few. Educational and behavioral interventions for children with autism are largely unavailable as well.We also don’t have enough social groups, awareness centres and People to educate the community about Autism. These are just some of the many challenges communities and Africa at large face.

African Governments should strive to create more Autism centres especially in the Rural areas to give care and support to children living with autism as well as providing Information and resources to families affected and living with Autistic Children. Affordable Educational centres for these children should be set so people living below the poverty line can still access services for their children. Raising an autistic child can take an emotional Toll on a Parent therefore Strong Social Networks should be formed within the communities for parents to be able to meet,discuss and gain support from people who understand what they are going through. These groups can be very helpful in case of any Emergency situations as well.

Autism in Africa if not addressed more children especially from rural areas will continue to grow without proper Education , help and care. People should also take personal Initiative to Educate people and make them aware of what Autism is. Only together can we help these children live a normal life and help them be independent, successful people in the society.

 

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FOR THAT KENYAN MP- THE ECONOMY IS TOUGH ON EVERYONE.


FOR THAT KENYAN MP- THE ECONOMY IS TOUGH FOR EVERYONE.

The feeling was a mixed reaction of anger,bitterness on how our Kenyan Mps could be so selfish and self centered not minding the people who voted them in and whom they are to serve. Ksh 851,000 excluding bonuses is a lot of money considering many Kenyans earn below Ksh 10,000 not forgetting it will still be taxed .

The Kenyan Mp is among the highest Paid MP in the world and still these selfish women and men can not get enough. It is barely four months ,no work done yet and still they have done everything to ensure they get the salary increase they want.

From a Country that people are still dying of starvation, People still living in IDP camps 5 years down the line after the post election violence still not resettled ,thousands unemployed, Insecurity ,inadequate water supply,Inadequate facilities and teachers in schools , debts that haven’t been payed still they haven’t found a reason not to have just a little bit of remorse to the Kenyan people.

Every single morning i meet hundreds of people from Kibera slums walking to work, dust on their shoes,faces filled with hope that someday things will change and life will improve. Times are getting tough each day and not a single penny of salary increase to the kenyan that works hard each day to pay rent,feed their families and pay school fees, heavily taxed for the kenyan Mps to Fatten themselves with their hard work.

No words can get to describe them , parasites,vultures or maybe I would just settle down with MPIG which is there new name for them because that is what they have proved to be.

Am so ashamed of the female Mps who should play the role of mothers in this country and feel the pain that the common Kenyan goes through and pump some sense into their colleagues instead they are the frontrunners in getting their salaries increased.

The economy is tough on everyone but we could come up with ways of ensuring that the little we have is made of good use, see how we can improve the economy , infrastructures, education ensure that no one dies of starvation, IDPs are resettled, unemployment has reduced then they can talk of salary increase after work has been done.

This is not only selfish and inconsiderate but with their salary increase means an increase in taxes, prices of commodities increasing and the more difficult our lives will be while those we voted for continue to dine in our sweat. This is not only unfair but makes me wonder do they even have families or spouses that can advise them that what they are doing is wrong or are they also part of the support team to steal from poor Kenyans?

In short the Kenyan politician should note that the economy is tough on everyone, we employed them not the other way round. They should stop behaving as if they never knew how much they were to get when they took office or were forced to vie for their respective seats. They were once the common Kenyan so they should stop pretending not to know what we go through and not make politics an easy way of getting rich by poor peoples sweat, they should be ashamed of themselves.

 

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