Facing the challenges of Autism in Africa
London, April 30, 2018 (AltAfrika)-The 4-year-old Cote d’Ivoire boy couldn’t walk, speak or feed himself. He was so unlike most other kids that his grandparents hesitated to accept him. The slightly older Kenyan boy was so restless that his primary-school teachers beat him, until they discovered he was a star pupil.
The two children reveal different faces of autism — and how society sometimes reacts to the condition.
Videos of the boys appear in “Autism: Breaking the Silence,” a special edition of VOA’s weekly Straight Talk Africa TV program. It was recorded Wednesday before a small studio audience of people who live with the condition or deal with it professionally.
And since most African countries lack laws ensuring public education or health interventions for youngsters with autism or other developmental disorders, this programme presents a practical experience on the challenges facing children living with this condition and how parents or guardians should react and deal with the situation