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Activists Advocate for Gov't Recognition of Autism Day :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Activists Advocate for Gov't Recognition of Autism Day

Dorothy Nambi, the Executive Director of the Autism Society of Uganda, expressed concern over the lack of government prioritization for the commemoration of World Autism Day to raise public awareness. ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by challenges in social skills, repetitive behaviors, and communication, affecting individuals differently and to varying degrees.
03 Apr 2024 08:59
Minister of Elderly and Disabilities Hellen Asamo speaking at the Autism Awareness Day at Kati Kati grounds at Lugogo

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As the Autism Society of Uganda joined the global community in commemorating World Autism Day on April 02, the society emphasized the need for increased government support and awareness efforts regarding autism spectrum disorder (ASD).   

Dorothy Nambi, the Executive Director of the Autism Society of Uganda, expressed concern over the lack of government prioritization for the commemoration of World Autism Day to raise public awareness. ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by challenges in social skills, repetitive behaviors, and communication, affecting individuals differently and to varying degrees.

Nambi urged the government to officially recognize and commemorate World Autism Day on April 2nd annually, integrating it into the national calendar to enhance public awareness and combat stigma. She highlighted the importance of understanding and accepting individuals with autism, emphasizing that they possess unique talents and require love and support.  

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Dr. Prosy Nakanwagi from the Autism Society of Uganda cited statistics indicating a significant prevalence of autism in Uganda, underscoring the urgent need for intervention and increased research into the condition. Gad Kirenga, Executive Director of Kunga Therapy Service Center Uganda, emphasized the importance of therapy in treating autistic children, noting significant improvements in speech and overall well-being after therapy.   

Sarah Kisitu Kasule, spokesperson for the autism society, emphasized the necessity for the Ministry of Education to develop a curriculum tailored to children on the autism spectrum and other intellectual disabilities. She highlighted vocational skills training as a valuable avenue for autistic individuals, advocating for national certificates to enhance their employability.

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Hellen Grace Asamo, the Minister of State for Disabilities, encouraged the autism foundation to engage the government through concept papers to address the needs of individuals with autism. She urged collaboration between the autism foundation and the general public to increase awareness and understanding of autism in society.

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The collective efforts of stakeholders, including government support, public awareness initiatives, and specialized interventions, are crucial in addressing the challenges faced by individuals with autism and fostering inclusivity in society.

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