TECHIMAN: Foundation for autism and cerebral palsy children launched
Ursula Maier foundation, a non-profit organization made up of Doctors, public health workers, physiotherapists and social workers that aimed at creating awareness on the causes of autism and cerebral palsy has been launched in Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region.
Date Created : 12/25/2017 9:26:59 AM : Story Author : Anass Sabit/Ghanadistricts.com
The Techiman based foundation has been in existence since 2010 and has since assisted children living with HIV, Down Syndrome, Autism and Cerebral Palsy, and has been dedicated to this course since its inception.
In the past 7 years, the Ursula Maier foundation has been able to reach out to over 100 children with these conditions who are sometimes treated inhumanely in our societies due to the perception people have about them. For this reason, the foundation took it upon itself to help affected children as well as their parents medically, spiritually and psychologically to be able to compete and live normal lives in the society.
The foundation has been able to acquire six (6) plots of lands earmarked for a training center in artisanry for the children as well as their parents. The success of the organization and its monthly meetings has been dependent entirely on the financial and prudent support of its members.
In an interview with the media at the organization's end of year party, President of the Foundation, Mr. Adu Boahen Raymond stated that the foundation is in dire need of any support, whether in cash or kind to help complement the efforts of the Foundation.
He called on organisations as well as philanthropists to partner the Foundation and help them with the needed logistics to facilitate their movements across the communities so as to create awareness of the behavioural factors that lead to cerebral palsy and autism in babies.
He added that many people in Ghana give mythical attributions to these conditions (Autism/cerebral palsy). "Some claim the patients are river children and as such, parents of such children even go to the extent of sending their children to the forests and other places to engage in horrifying acts".
Mr. Raymond appealed to the public to assist the foundation financially to be able to set up a school for the affected children as well as a vocational training center for parents of affected children.