GUBA Foundation Launches Fourth Autism Seminar

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On Saturday 17th May 2014, the GUBA Foundation will be hosting its fourth autism awareness seminar at the Resource for London Centre, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA.

The seminar which is free to attend, promises a platform for Service Providers such as Child behaviour and development specialists, to impart knowledge and offer support to autistic families. Attendees also get the opportunity to communicate, share experiences and learn practical solutions to everyday problems in regards to autism.

Previous seminars have contributed positively towards raising awareness about the prevalence of autism within the African community; in turn, helped to alleviate several misconceptions about autism. It has also brought autistic families together, offered financial and emotional support for struggling families.

Autism affects one in every 100 people in the UK. Over 100,000 people living with this condition come from Black or Ethnic Minority (BME) communities. Despite this substantial figure, people from the BME community are typically diagnosed later than their Caucasian counterparts. One of the core aims of this upcoming seminar is to educate the BME community to help eradicate the stigma and misconceptions about autism; as it often hinders efforts to manage autistic people effectively within the community.

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GUBA Foundation Invest In Ghana’s Autistic Children

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Money raised from UK donations is helping the GUBA Foundation improve the lives of two Ghanaian children with autism.

The London charity donated £1,650 in October to the Autism Awareness Training Centre in Accra, Ghana. The money will be used to fund the education of two autistic youngsters at the centre for six months.

GUBA Foundation’s founder and ceo Dentaa Amoateng and head of PR George Ameyaw presented the cash to centre owner Mrs Quaynor in October and used the time to get to know the children a little better.

After touring the centre, the children welcomed the pair with a ‘singing through sign’ performance.

“The kids were a joy to watch and were so excited to see us,” said George. “It showed in their enthusiasm to perform what they had learnt for us.”

But much more needs to be achieved to support autistic children at the centre and dispel firmly held beliefs in Ghana about the condition.  The centre is in need of a sensory room, outdoor pool and outdoor toys, particularly soft toys all aimed at helping the children’s sensory development skills.

“We would love to provide longer-term support for these children so that we can assist them for a whole year and institute a scholarship scheme for others like them in the centre,” George added.

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GUBA Foundation: Working To Raise Autism Awareness In The African Community

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Share your experiences of living with or caring for someone with Autism and gain knowledge from health and educational experts at a free event next month aimed at raising awareness within the African community.

Organised by not-for-profit charity – the GUBA Foundation – the event will give parents and care-givers of children with Autism an opportunity to talk directly to experts about their experiences.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects communication, social interaction and how a person makes sense of the world around him or her.

The condition affects one in every 100 people in the UK, which means that over 100,000 people living with the condition come from black or ethnic minority (BME) communities. But despite this figure, people from the BME community are typically diagnosed later than their white counterparts, and face more of an uphill struggle trying to seek support.

Social stigma attached to mental health issues within the black community, a lack of trust in the health care system and cultural insensitivity within education can also cause parents to resist seeking treatment, even when signs of the disorder are evident.

The GUBA Foundation’s inaugural family focus event on 27 April aims to tackle this problem head-on by creating a platform for care-givers to enhance personal growth by talking openly about their daily challenges, improve access to information and challenge myths associated with Autism.

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