As part of their internship, Victoria University's students of Social Work and Social Administration were provided with the opportunity to collaborate with the Centre for Autism Intervention.
They developed 100 messages about the condition, looked for partners for the Centre to build its profile and worked to create more awareness on dealing with children/individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
According to autismspeaks.org, Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.
There is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized by social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors.
Causes Of Autism
Scientists suspect that a faulty gene or genes might make a person more likely to develop autism when there are also other factors present, such as a chemical imbalance, viruses or chemicals, or a lack of oxygen at birth. In a few cases, autistic behavior is caused by: Rubella (German measles) in the pregnant mother.
While there is no known cure for autism, there are treatment and education approaches that can address some of the challenges associated with the condition. Intervention can help to lessen disruptive behaviors, and education can teach self-help skills for greater independence.
Autism In Uganda
Autism Awareness Uganda, a non profit initiative which sensitises, supports, solicits help for children with autism n Uganda, says many families have autistic children or people.
“Its a pity that nothing much has been done by our government to tell people the truth about autism, as well as supporting or creating more awareness. These children have been victimised because of their conditions, not given health support, not loved(isolated) and not educated by their families and communities yet if more people can understand austism, this can change,” it said.