World Autism Awareness is an opportunity for us to reflect on the hurdles faced by people living with Autism every day as they try their best to navigate daily life and enjoy their human rights.
Afrika Tikkun is one of the organisations trying to break down the barriers that people with disabilities confront daily to give them the best chance at fulfilling their social and economic potential.
A champion for Human Rights
Onyi Nwaneri, Group Executive of Strategic Partnerships and Marketing at Afrika Tikkun, explains:
“Afrika Tikkun champions the rights and freedoms of all young people, and on our books, we find that young people with disabilities are one of the most vulnerable and marginalised group of people in our society. “
Through their Empowerment Programme and the consistent support of their staff, Afrika Tikkun are able to ensure that families and communities become aware of the conditions and rights of children differently-abled.
They share knowledge, tools and resources to access the realisation of their socioeconomic opportunities.
Easy access to education
The organisation is advocating for easy access by people with disabilities to fee-free basic education and access to the same services that children with no disabilities receive. Nwaneri adds:
“We are determined to be an inclusive organisation and to ensure, as much as we can, that children and youth with disabilities be given equal opportunities to be the best they can be. The shared economic rights and freedoms of every single member of our nation are so important.”
Afrika Tikkun believes that it is important for our economy and growth as a country that individuals on the Autism spectrum be given equal opportunities.
It is also important for those living with health issues and disabilities in terms of their self-esteem and future contributions to the economy. Moreover, it is vital for families supporting loved ones with health issues and disabilities to see their kin prosper in life.
Nwaneri explains that this allows the family to turn their time and attention to helping their kin be even more productive members of society as a whole.
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