Autism Society of Uganda Advocates for Government Recognition of Autism Awareness Day

Photo Courtesy of children with autism marching

The Autism Society of Uganda is spearheading efforts to garner government recognition for World Autism Day, marking a significant step forward in raising awareness about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across the nation.

Despite the global significance of World Autism Day, the society notes a lack of prioritization from the government in commemorating this crucial day to foster public understanding and combat stigma surrounding ASD.

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Dorothy Nambi, the dedicated Executive Director of the Autism Society of Uganda, emphasized the importance of recognizing April 2nd annually as World Autism Day in Uganda.

Speaking passionately at Katikati grounds in Lugogo, Nambi underscored the need for concerted efforts to dispel myths surrounding autism and promote acceptance and inclusion of individuals with ASD.

Highlighting the prevalence of autism in Uganda, Dr. Prosy Nakanwagi revealed alarming statistics indicating that 88 out of 10,000 individuals are affected by ASD according to the Uganda National Bureau of Statistics.

Moreover, a study conducted at Mulago National Referral Hospital found that 45 percent of children attending the neural clinic are on the autism spectrum, shedding light on the urgent need for intervention and support for affected families.

Gad Kirenga, the Executive Director of Kunga Therapy Service Centre Uganda, highlighted the transformative impact of therapy on autistic children, citing significant improvements in speech and overall well-being after four months of treatment. This underscores the importance of holistic approaches to support individuals with autism.

Sarah Kisitu Kasule, the spokesperson of the autism society of Uganda, emphasized the necessity for tailored educational curriculum and vocational training programs to accommodate children with autism and other intellectual disabilities.

Kasule’s advocacy for national certification of vocational skills demonstrates a commitment to empowering individuals with ASD to lead fulfilling lives and contribute meaningfully to society.

Minister of State for Disabilities, Hellen Grace Asamo, extended support to the autism foundation’s endeavors, urging them to actively engage with the government to enact policies that recognize autism as a disability.

Minister Asamo’s call for collaboration underscores a promising path forward in fostering greater inclusion and support for individuals with autism in Uganda.

As the Autism Society of Uganda continues its advocacy efforts, there is renewed hope for increased awareness, acceptance, and support for individuals with autism spectrum disorder throughout the nation.

Through collaboration with government stakeholders and the wider community, Uganda is poised to make significant strides in promoting inclusion and empowering individuals with autism to thrive.

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