Don’t Stigmatise Against Autistic Children–Autism Ambassadors Urge Public
The Royal bank in collaboration with the Autism ambassador’s society of Ghana has organised an end of year party for children of the autism awareness care and training centre in Accra.
The Ambassadors, who were led by Alice Mamaga and Miss Malaika 2014 Stephanie Agyeman, together with some ladies from the University of Ghana, interacted with some of the children and later presented some items to the managers of the centre.
Some of the items presented to the children included bags of rice, some Christmas hampers, bottled water, and some undisclosed amount of money.
According to the Autism ambassadors their mission was to demystify the myth surrounding the conditions of Autism and also to bring happiness to the children especially at this time of the year. Present at the party some were staff from the royal bank led by the Head Of Corporate Affairs Kwame Baah Nuokoh.
As part of its corporate social Responsibilities the bank has taken upon itself to support such wealthy cause by bringing happiness to people of such conditions He said.
The manageress of the centre Madam Serwaa Quainoo was full of praise to the ambassadors for taking upon themselves such wealthy project and encouraged others to do same. She said as a mother of an autistic child herself, she has greater understanding of life especially for people with such disabilities.
According to Madam Quainoo, Autisim is not a curse disease but a condition that comes with child birth.
Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neuro development disorders characterized by social impairments communication difficulties and restricted, respective and stereotyped patterns of behaviour.
Autistic disorder sometimes called autism or classical ASD is the most severe form of ASD, while other conditions along the spectrum disorder include a milder form known as Asperger Syndrome and childhood dis-integrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified.
Estimated statistics show that 1 out of 88 children age 8 will have an ASD. Reports say males are four times more likely to have an ASD than females.
Madam Serwaa Quainoo advised parents to constantly monitor their children when they show some signs of ASD. Children with an ASD may fail to respond to their names as often avoid eye contacts with their other people. They have difficulty interpreting what other people or feeling because they can’t understand cues, such as tone of voice or facial expressions, and don’t watch other people’s faces for clues about appropriate behaviour and also lack of empathy.
Many children with an ASD engage in repetitive movements such as rocking and twirling or in self-abusive behaviour such as biting or head banging. They also tend to start speaking later than other children and may refer to themselves by name instead of ‘I’ or ‘Me’.
Present at the party were some well-known celebrities including Martha Ankomah and others.