Gov’t Takes A Step In Understanding Autism And Related Disabilities

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The Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection Florence Bore/PHOTO COURTESY

The National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) unveiled a groundbreaking report on autism and related developmental disabilities (ARDD) at the Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE).

Based on a nationwide survey, the report analyzes the current situation of individuals with ARDD, highlighting gaps, challenges, and priorities.

Cabinet Secretary for Labour and Social Protection, Hon. Florence Bore, emphasized the importance of supporting individuals with ARDD and their caregivers.

She called for collaboration with the National Council for Children Services to ensure access to healthcare for all children with disabilities, as outlined in the Children Act 2022.

NCPWD Executive Director, Harun Hassan, EBS, reaffirmed the Council’s commitment to this vulnerable population. He highlighted their newly launched “Autism and Other Related Developmental Disabilities Programme,” providing crucial interventions like therapy, medication, and support services.

According to the NCPWD Director, the report’s recommendations will guide the program’s implementation, ensuring its effectiveness and impact.

Additionally, a collaboration agreement between NCPWD and the Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE) was signed to strengthen therapy services for individuals with ARDD further.

The event brought together various disability organizations and institutions including political figures, Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris, nominated Senator George Mbugua, and disability rights activist Daddy Owen.

SOURCE: NCPWD

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