As part of his social responsibilities, Ghanaian RnB crooner Qweci formerly known as Ded Buddy and well-known for hits songs such as Mep3 wo saa, Yebesa and so many others on Friday July 18 2014 successfully launched his autism awareness campaign and fun day out with children with the disorder in Accra.
The amazing event took which place at the children’s park brought together children with autism from different special schools from the Greater Accra region including New Horizon Special School who fraternized, enjoyed meals and above all had great dance time together.
Speaking to www.nydjlive.com after the fun day out, Ded Buddy disclosed it was worrying that many including parents had neglected children with such disorders and called on all to come on board create the awareness so society does not despise children with these disorders.
Some of the teachers present were also appreciative of the initiative by the musician and urged Government and corporate bodies to support such worthy causes as kids with autism sometimes feel neglected by society. They stated it was doing of such kids to be born with the disorder and therefore society must not cast them aside but rather bring them closer and treat them as special kids.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Autistic disorder, sometimes called autism or classical ASD, is the most severe form of ASD, while other conditions along the spectrum include a milder form known as Asperger syndrome, and childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS). Although ASD varies significantly in character and severity, it occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups and affects every age group. Experts estimate that 1 out of 88 children age 8 will have an ASD (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, March 30, 2012). Males are four times more likely to have an ASD than females.
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In the past few years, few concerned Ghanaians have taken initiatives like this to help create the awareness, educate and seek for help to keep these children and give them if not the best, an equal environment just like other healthy kids but it seems these calls have all fallen on deaf ears or the people in authority just sit back unconcerned.
At the launch, I was shocked no government official or anyone to do with the children’s’ Ministry was present for such an all important event. Where then lies the regular saying that “the children are our future”? or does it mean children with autism are excluded and are just a ‘burden’ to their families?
As I stood closely and watched these kids dance to the music being played on the grounds, one thing caught my eye and that was an inscription at the back of the shirt of one kid that says, “Don’t leave Me Behind”.
From the little I know, so many individuals and government officials out of Ghana are always willing to partner such campaigns but I guess most politicians in Ghana do not even know what autism is. PATHETIC!!!
It does not take too much to show love to children with autism. It could be you or your relative so do you best to support any autism campaign you see around you and as the inscription behind the kid’s shirt said, “DON”T LEAVE ME BEHIND”