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In some parts of Ghana, the condition is still attributed to witchcraft or a curse from the gods, with affected children and adults subjected to various forms of abuse and stereotyping. It is currently estimated that 1 in 87 children under the age of 3 years are affected by it. Autism is also known to be four times more prevalent in boys than in girls, a situation that is also not easily explainable. In some parts of Ghana, the condition is still attributed to witchcraft or curse from the gods, with affected children and adults subjected to various forms of abuse and stereotyping.

 

It is in the light of this that Hopeworks Ghana have partnered with Children’s Oasis Foundation to embark on community outreach programs in an effort to promote the understanding, acceptance and awareness of Autism in Basic, Junior High, Senior High Schools and Churches in Ghana. The education is led by a special team from Children’s Oasis Foundation, Texas, USA. Ahantaman Girls Senior High School and Assemblies of God Churches are some school and Churches that have benefitted.