Autism is not a major issue in Ghana as it used to be. The disease has just been made more bearable by HopeSetters (an Autism centre). The privately funded center is the very first in Sub-Saharan Africa to make learning easy for kids suffering from the disease. This center came out with a locally configured app that helps children suffering from the disease receive better education.
What is Autism?
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior.In Ghana , Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child’s life.
Alice Amoako, a 24 years App Developer is the main architect behind the development of the app. The app is configured to help children with the medical condition receive better education. With a calm tone, Alice Amoako said her desire to ease the strain of teaching and learning among children with special needs informed her decision to develop the app.
This problem solver was enlightened to develop the app when she did visit an autism centre and had interactions with the caregivers and children, and then she realized there was a need to help raise awareness.
The development of this app lends credence to one of the Sustainable Development Goals, that is, Quality Education. To attain this goal, the Ghanaian and other governments should ensure a widespread use of the app and manage the disease situation with great consideration.
It’s evident that Ghana currently has no official documentation or statistics on the state of children with autism. However, a recent report proves that 1 in 87 children in Ghana under the age of 3 have autism with the neurological disorder being 4 times more prevalent in boys than in girls.
Parents who have Autistic challenged children should not hesitate to get this App from the play store by following this link.