Oworonshoki Autism Awareness and Inclusion Walk

Rachyrae
Posted January 2, 2019

In the spirit of the new year and solidarity, community dwellers from various parts of Lagos State, Nigeria marched forth to explain to fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, aunties, uncles, and various neighbouring community of the meaning of Autism spectrum disorders in Hausa, Yoruba, Ibo, Pidgin and English Languages respectively - communicating and explaining to them in details the symptoms and management. 

It was engaging, highly educative and the results measured was positive to influence the stakeholders of the community! 

 

As a community, it is our responsibility to support the mental and physical interests of children living with Autism spectrum disorder,  help them connect with others who have autism, teach them how to defend against sensory stimuli, embrace their coping mechanism and lastly educate them of their state of mind! .

That's why , the  Initiative for National Growth Africa  and The Autism Awareness Place   put up this laudable community project to help correct the wrong and improve the neurological and physical stability of children living with autism spectrum disorder along side their parents, caregivers and families through the power of our voice. 

A whole lot of people do not understand this disability because the child looks physically okay but there is a great damage to the child’s brain and as such we raised awareness in Oworonshoki community to over 1000 rural dweller in this community, to eradicate stigmatization and marginalization of children living with disability.

Though there has been some form of awareness in the urban area, Oworonshoki been a rural community still suffer from the myth that children living with disabilities are punishment from gods, and they should be killed or isolated from the society, we therefore want to change this perception and orientation with this awareness walk because we know that awareness brings acceptance.

The aim and objectives for the The Autism Awareness Walk Project at Oworoshoki Community in Lagos State, Nigeria is to reach out to parents and guardians whose children encounter mental disability in providing support for them and their children living with autism through our “parents/caregivers support system”.

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Sis. Salifu
Jan 02
Jan 02

Welcome to world pulse... Great to hear you speaking out about autism. Hope to read more abt it.

Rachyrae
Jan 03
Jan 03

Thank you.

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 02
Jan 02

Hello Rachyrae,
Welcome to WorldPulse! From your Bio I see that you involved in a lot. Given the lack of understanding about autism, your work in this area is so important, especially given the treatment that comes from community members who have no idea of what autism involves and how innocent those are who are dealing with it personally. Congrats on making headway with this in your community.

Rachyrae
Jan 03
Jan 03

Dear Tamarack, thank you so much for the amazing words, the truth be told that my community has a strong representation of people who attribute autism to spiritual attacks and myths, that's why we took it upon ourselves to sensitize the community on areas and approaches needed to improve the lifestyle of children living with autism. Thank you so much. And yes we are open to collaborations and suggestions on reaching more communities of this health issues.

Jill Langhus
Jan 03
Jan 03

Hi Racheal,

Welcome to World Pulse:-) Wow! What a great initiative and I love that you're spreading awareness around autism. Is this an ongoing project or an event that's already happened? What is your next goal or initiative? Does your organization have a website and/or social media pages to like/follow?

You may want to consider submitting a story for the current story awards, "What Gives You Hope" either in relation to this story or something else. If so, this is the link: https://www.worldpulse.com/en/voices-rising/story-awards/89062

Hope you're having a great day. Looking forward to seeing more stories from you and seeing what else you are working on and achieving!

Rachyrae
Jan 03
Jan 03

Dear Jlanghus, thank you so much for your inspiring words. Such words that makes us do more for the marginalized and stigmatised in our community. This project was conducted last month to sensitize this particular community, after the walk, we conducted the Autism Inclusion Conference to help parents learn relative approaches relevant to enhance the social, communication and behavioral lifestyle of autistic children. Check out our Instagram page https://instagram.com/ing_spotlight?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=m...
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Our twitter page link is https://twitter.com/ING_spotlight?s=09
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Our Facebook page is Initiative for National Growth

Also , our website is www.initiativefornationalgrowth.org
We have had similar projects with down syndrome and the visually impaired community. Our focus is providing empowerment tools to people living with mental and physical challenges so that equal opportunities is increased for them, inclusion is promoted and they gain access to health approaches and job opportunities in the community.

I just submitted our Autism Awareness Walk story for "What Gives You Hope".

I hope I can submit our story for the Autism Inclusion Conference?
Thank you so much

Jill Langhus
Jan 04
Jan 04

Hi Racheal,

You're very welcome:-) Thanks for your links and clarification on your organization's noble mission... love it! Looking forward to seeing more stories from you.

Good luck with your story submission! I don't see why not!

Hope you're having a great day!

Rachyrae
Jan 04
Jan 04

Thank you sonce much Jlanghus, Yes I am having a great day.

Jill Langhus
Jan 04
Jan 04

You're welcome, dear! Awesome. Great to hear:-)

Juliet Acom
Jan 21
Jan 21

Thanks for this great initiative.

Rachyrae
Feb 10
Feb 10

Thank you so much Juliet. When we see this sort of encouragement, we push ourselves to do more.

Hello, Rachyrae,

Welcome to World Pulse! I looove what you are doing. Kudos to you! My son has special needs, diagnosed with Global Development Delay. He could be in the spectrum, too. But he could be more on the intellectual disability side. He is adorable and sweet. I'm so blessed to be his mother. I'll be in that same road in the future when I can find someone who I trust to be my son's trusted caretaker. As of now,I am doing the job. It's an isolating journey, but this is how love looks like in the special needs world.

I honor you. Thank you so much! Please keep posting your updates.

Rachyrae
Feb 10
Feb 10

Karen, I am inspired by the immense efforts and drive you address with your son's global development delay. What I have come to discover with spectrums is that it can be properly managed with time. I'd also advise that your son be mentored with tech skills. It also helps in this developmental milestone. I will be glad to assist in anyway I can. I appreciate you Karen.

Oh, wow. Thank you, Rachrae. My son is five years old. He is nonverbal, has sensory processing issues and hypotonia (weak muscles). He has trouble walking up and down the stairs on his own. He can't leap from one place to another. He trips often and cannot run yet. So I am by his side and my one-year-old 24/7.

But I am amazed that he is observant. When he sees I will leave the house, he gets my slippers and give them to me. When it's meal time, he gets my chair so I can sit with him. He puts his plate on the sink after eating and "wash the dishes". I didn't really teach those but he does it by observation.

Rachyrae
Feb 13
Feb 13

You know what?

I am super ex cited hearing that your boy is engaging in basic home skills that are helping his motor skills and dexterity of his fingers. Imagine if you keep aiding him with vocational skills like pottery, jigsaw mathematics, painting, beading etc. He will be a pro. Please feel free to reach me on inegbedionracheal@gmail.com.
I'd love to engage us more further.

Hello, Rachyrae,

The muscles in his hands are weak, but he loves to paint. It's all abstract for now. He cannot control the strokes yet. Thank you for the ideas!

I'll email you for sure. Thank you so much!

Rachyrae
Feb 14
Feb 14

You are welcome dear. Always here for you.