‘Empower children lives and they will be able to change the world’, Timothy Pina.
We live in a world today where the percentage of diagnosed children living with Autism are increasing rapidly and its very critical for us as individuals to ask that, are we creating a better world for them?
The issue of a sustainable development for children living with Autism is very important for them as individuals and the world at large. According to the article 29 of the 1992 constitution of Ghana;
- Disabled persons have the right to live with their families or with foster parents and to participate in social creative or recreational activities.
- A disabled person shall not be subjected to differential treatment in respect of his residence other than that required by his condition or by the improvement which he may derive from the treatment.
- If the stay of a disabled person in a specialized establishment is indispensable, the environment and living conditions there shall be as closest as possible to those of the normal life of a person of his age.
- Disabled persons shall be protected against all exploitation, all regulations and all treatment of a discriminatory, abusive or degrading nature.
- In any judicial proceedings in which a disabled person is a party the legal procedure applied shall take his physical and mental condition into account.
- As far as practicable, every place to which the public have access shall have appropriate facilities for disabled persons.
- Special incentives shall be given to disabled persons engaged in business and also to business organizations that employ disabled persons in significant numbers.
- Parliament shall enact such laws as are necessary to ensure the enforcement of the provisions of this article.
All these above laws govern children living with Autism and other children with intellectual disabilities. Ghana has also the Inclusive Education Policy that is to ensure the integration of children with disabilities into the main stream schools. How well are we practicing these various laws to help enhance the lives of children living with Autism in Ghana?
Thankfully, Ghana forms part of the UN member states and is eligible to use the 17 Sustainable Development Goals for community enhancement. I will urge us all as citizens to take a critical look at outlining various impact activities that will improve lives of children living with Autism and as well create a sustainable world for them through the UN SDGS. Working with the UN Sustainable Development Goals will help to create a long-lasting impact in the lives of the children living with Autism.
For we at the HOPESETTERS AUTISM CENTER, our impact activities are in-line with the UN SDG number 3(Good Health & Well-Being), number 4 (Quality Education) and number 10 (Reduced Inequalities).
The UN Convention on the Right of Persons with Disability, also mentions awareness which is key in sustainable development because the growing generation needs to understand children living with Autism and how best to relate to them.
In-a-nutshell, I will say that children living with Autism have the right to live freely as individuals and we need to respect them for whom they are. Ghana, Africa and the World at large will be a better place if we empower these children and provide them with all the resources that help them to live a fulfilling life.
The better world we create today, ids the better world we will all enjoy tomorrow. Let’s all come together to support children living with Autism.
You can reach out to me and the Hopesetters Autism Center for any assistance on implementing any sustainable development initiative for children living with Autism.
Mrs. Baaba Enchill,
Founder/Director – Hopesetters Autism Center, Tema- Ghana.