Haven International launches Autism Acceptance Month

BY: Blessing Aglago
Mrs Jennifer Brocke making a presentation at the event

Haven International, a school for autistic children, has launched the 2022 Autism Acceptance Month with a light up event in Accra last Saturday.

The campaign is to create awareness and educate the public about autism.

At the event, a co-founder of Haven International, Mrs Jennifer Brocke, said it was important to demystify autism so people living with the condition were not neglected.

She explained that the school was established 10 years ago when a couple from the United States of America couldn’t find a school for their autistic child in Ghana.

She admitted that managing children with autism was not an easy task but the school had ensured that it had in place measures to make the children feel loved and accepted.
She said early intervention made it easy to reintegrate the children into mainstream schools.

“Some of them need support and within a short period, they enhance their communication skills and go back to their families. Others are given vocational training,” She mentioned.

Mrs Brocke said the school would introduce inclusive education explaining that children with autism must not be isolated.

The Assistant Director of Education and Coordinator, Special Education Division, Tema Metropolitan, Mr Michael Langbae, said everyone had their own special abilities and same applied to autistic children.

He said they must, therefore, be included and given equal access and resources so they do not feel marginalised.

He said government was working to provide the necessary resources for children with autism and encouraged parents with autistic children to never give up on them.