Autism is a developmental disability that appears in children by the age of 3 years old. It impacts the child's ability to communicate and interact with others in society. Behaviors children exhibit often define the type of autism that a child has and where they are on the autism spectrum. There is no single cause identified for this disability and many families in Tanzania struggle to find support to help them with their children.
In third world countries children with disabilities such as autism are often forgotten. They are hidden away in their homes and denied access to school due to the lack of education about the causes of their disabilities, knowledge on how to best help them, and the myths that exist due to the disabilities these students face. In countries where basic education is difficult to provide even for those without disabilities, the children that face the most challenges are often left behind and struggle to have a voice to fight for them. It is witnessing this struggle that Program Directors from EdPowerment Inc., a U.S. based non-profit, formed the program Autism Connects Tanzania.
It is the mission of Autism Connects Tanzania to provide support to families, current organizations, and schools in Tanzania to help educate people about intellectual disabilities, protect children with these disabilities from harm, and to connect them with services that will help enhance their lives.
For more information check out our Autism Connects Informational Video