• P.O.Box AN 18295, Accra-North, Ghana, West-Africa.
  • +233-27-925-8302 / +233-27-771-0058
  • info@autismambassadors.org.gh / autismambassadors.gh@gmail.com

Autism Centers In Ghana

AUTISM AWARENESS, CARE AND TRAINING CENTRE (AACT)

About AACT

The Autism Awareness, Care and Training Centre (AACT), is a local support and education center for children with Autism that was founded in 1998 by Mrs. Serwah Quaynor, a mother of a child with Autism. AACT is an established non-governmental and non-profit organization based in Accra.

In search of services to help her child, Mrs. Quaynor made a personal commitment to help other Ghanaian children with Autism. Since creating the center, Mrs. Quaynor has worked tirelessly to help parents of children with Autism in Ghana to better understand the disability and to feel that there is a safe place to go for support and help.

AACT’s Mission

Autism Awareness, Care and Training (AACT) is committed to supporting individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. We believe that each child can use their God-given talent to reach their maximum potential, regardless of disability. We are dedicated to fostering meaningful education and independence for every child.

  1. AACT is confident that God leads our mission.
  2. AACT believes that we all children of God and we make use of everyone’s natural talents: students, staff and families.
  3. AACT believes that disabilities are not a curse; they are an opportunity to appreciate differences.
  4. AACT is committed to creating international partnerships to help us achieve our mission.

Contact us on

Telephone: 0303-224-729 / +233-24-432-5919

Email: aact@ghana.com

Website: www.aact.org.gh

Post Box: Post Office Box OS 3043, Osu, Accra-Ghana.

Office Location: 39 Royalt Castle Road, Kokomlemle, Accra-Ghana.

AWAAWAA2

PROFILE

AwaaWaa2 is a registered charity and has been in operation since 2004. AwaaWaa2, is a non-governmental organisation, founded by Nana Akua Owusu, a Speech and Language Therapist and Child Development Practitioner.

Why was it set up?

Nana Akua Owusu, Founder of AwaaWaa2, observed that difficulties faced by people with disabilities, in finding the right care, health services, education, and even leisure opportunities were disheartening. At best, people with learning disabilities can feel obstacles are constantly put in their way by society. At worst, they can feel abandoned by the rest of society. These prejudices have a very damaging impact and can lead to them withdrawing from the wider society.

The AwaaWaa2 envisions a changed situation in a modern Ghanaian society, where everyone is valued and has the chance to play their full part in national development. The centre aims to educate the wider society to love and embrace this group of people.

 

Who are we?

AwaaWaa2 centre offers assessment and interventions for these children requiring input, to enable them to communicate effectively and survive in today’s challenging and communication-driven world.

  1. Overview of Team

Staff at the AwaaWaa2 are noticeably understanding, empathetic and have a real drive to support children with communication difficulties. For staff, AwaaWaa2 is not just employment, it is a way to make a lifelong difference in the lives of children who may not have previously had the opportunity.

  1. School Facilitation

In-School facilitators provide support in a mainstream setting for children with SLCN. Each child has an allocated facilitator who they form excellent rapport with. The facilitator supports a child’s ability to engage with their classwork, socially interact with their peers and supports their progress towards achieving their communication targets.

Facilitators are trained to demonstrate professionalism in their approach and relationships with parents and all staff in the school. They receive supervision from Mary Amoah, Centre Coordinator, and are expected to keep accurate and up-to-date reports of a child’s progress to feedback to parents.

  1. Centre Support

The AwaaWaa2 Centre, based in Haatso, aims to provide children with a total communication environment (TCE). This is an environment that includes all means of communication (e.g. speech, pictures, symbols, gestures, words). A total communication environment is important because;

  • It supports a child to understand what is being said to them.
  • It reduces frustration and anxiety
  • It helps reduce challenging behaviour
  • It helps us to understand what a child is saying
  • It helps children to access activities and lessons
  • It increases independence and confidence
  • It helps support memory skills
  • It supports attention and listening skills
  • It helps to bridge the gap between languages (e.g. English, Twi)

 

*Their targets are supported throughout the day through each learning opportunity to enable them to achieve their full potential.

*Speech and language Therapists visit the centre and offer specialist assessment, advice and therapy.

*The centre offers regular Parent Workshops to support parent’s ability to develop their child’s communication skills outside of the centre.

 

  1. Parent Advice & Counselling

Advice can be offered for the following areas:-

  • Developing a child’s understanding
  • Encouraging a child’s first words and further expressive communication
  • Developing play skills
  • Developing social interaction
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Eating & Drinking
  • Toileting

 

  1. Training

All staff receive necessary training as soon as they begin volunteering/working. This includes how to communicate to a child with a speech, language and/or communication needs (SLCN), ways to encourage effective communication, ways to support play skills and encourage attention and listening.

WORK AT THE CENTRE

Mary Amoah, Centre Coordinator, carries out an induction session with each new family. This may be an informal session to gather an idea of a child’s communication needs. Parent information is taken and the AwaaWaa2’s input into a child’s life is decided and agreed by Mary and parents.

AwaaWaa2 is overseen by Nana Akua Owusu, Speech & language Therapist & Child development Practitioner. Nana Akua ensures the centre continues to provide children with appropriate therapy and opportunities to develop their communication skills.

The centre also regularly has Speech & language Therapists volunteer from United Kingdom. These tend to be long-stay volunteers who will move to Accra for a few months up to a year. During this time they support the centre to maintain the Total Communication Environment (TCE). They also deliver specialist assessment and therapy for children under the care of AwaaWaa2.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

1)    Volunteer time at the center.

2)    Make a donation in  kind or cash (playing materials, learning materials, office stationaries, toiletries)

3)    Give scholarship to support the lives of the children.

 

Contact us on:

Telephone: +233-24-432-5919

Email: awaawaa2children@gmail.com

Website: www.awaawaa2.com

Post Box: Post Office Box CT 332, Cantoments, Accra-Ghana.

Office Location: 39 Royalt Castle Road, Kokomlemle, Accra-Ghana.

 

 

HOPESETTERS AUTISM CENTER

About HopeSetters

After considering the essential need for families living with persons with Autism, who resides in Tema and who hitherto would have had to travel several kilometers to take their wards to centers in Accra, an Autism Center in the Tema Metropolis was established.

Hence, HopeSetters Autism Center, with Mrs. Bridget Baaba Enchill, as its proprietress. This center has since become a buffer place to meet the challenging needs of families in Tema, living with persons with Autism.

Here, therapy services among other programs are available to care for persons with Autism. Besides, the center is engaged in Autism Awareness, Training and Advocacy activities. It is indeed the first Autism Center in Tema.

Mission

HopeSetters Autism Center is a non-governmental organization, committed to giving care and hope to persons and families living with Autism and special needs in Tema Metropolis and its environs. We are equally passionate about addressing issues innovatively that are associated with Autism.

Vision

Our main vision is to see persons living with Autism, no matter its level, to be as independent as possible and to be accepted in the society, by creating Autism Awareness through partnerships in the aim of eliminating the myths and discrimination that is associated with it.

Programs

The following are the programs that the center is engaged in;

  • Movement Therapy
  • Arts Therapy
  • Behavior Management
  • Basic Academic Skills
  • Speech and Language
  • Grooming
  • Personal Hygiene

How Can You Support

We can only be effective, inspire tomorrow and the community, when you support us in voluntary services, in cash or in kind or in whichever way you may deem possible.

The spread of your wings to us will certainly enable us to reach the places of development. Indeed, our door is opened to individuals and corporate individuals.

Contact us on:

Telephone: +233-24-217-2405 / +233-20-984-5445

Email: info@hopesetters.org

Website: www.hopesetters.org

Post Box: Post Office Box CS PMB 017, Community 7, Tema, Accra-Ghana.

Office Location: Golden Age Youth Training Center, Community 7, Tema. Accra-Ghana.

MULTI-KIDS ACADEMY

Multikids Inclusive Academy (MKA) was founded in 2010 and is Ghana’s first inclusive

international school, educating children in a co-existing learning environment.

MKA combines creative, academic and vocational teaching and learning based on the UK

National Curriculum, for students in nursery school up to 21 years old. We provide excellence

through an enabling environment for all learners and promoting inclusion to empower everyone

to reach their potential. MKA envisions a society where all people can live side by side

respectfully and appreciate that we each have a unique contribution to make to the world.

Our inclusive model nurtures:

 Specialised learning environments for typical learners and typical learners who may have

a specific learning challenge like Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder,

Aspergers, Mild Autism.

 Specialised learning environments for learners with Special Educational Needs like

Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Global Delay

MKA currently provides the following services as part of the students’ academic curriculum

program, giving a holistic educational

 Physiotherapy

 Physio with Aquatherapy

 Counselling

 Speech Therapy

 Occupational Therapy

 Psychological Assessment for students facing challenges

 Career Guidance Counselling from Next Step (our sister organisation)

 Movement/Drama Therapy

 Cognitive Skills Development

 Behaviour support

Contact Information:

Mandy Budge, Founder/CEO

mandy@multikidsgh.com

Number M3, Adijringano Rd.

East Legon, Accra, Ghana

Office: 0202966871

www.multikidsgh.com