Haven International Austism Center Opened in Ghana – TodayGhanaNews.com
Located off the Spintex Road in Accra, the facility built by Haven International – an organization that seeks to promote the interest of people with autism in Ghana, will provide support to children and parents who need information on autism and other intellectual disabilities.
Speaking at the opening of the center, Dr. Genevieve Kumapley, the founder and Executive Director of Haven International, Ghana, bemoaned how autistic children are treated in Ghana due to inadequate information. She said people need to be informed to know it is a disorder and “not a curse or punishment from God.”
She said the center has doctors, volunteers and other professionals who would readily assist people who walk in.
The resource center provides access to resources and tools for providers and caregivers of special needs individuals. Tools available include access to books, videos and , playground and other informative materials.
Dr. Genevieve Kumapley said she was inspired by the women of Autism Society of Ghana (ASOG), when she arrived in Ghana five years ago, adding that as a parent who also has a son with the condition, raising awareness is a priority.
Established in 2011, Haven International provide services that support the development of professionals; parents and caregivers of individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The Non-profit organization’ vision is to pioneer and facilitate the establishment of centers of excellence in Sub-Saharan Africa, where Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including autism is a diagnosed and treated. It provides Therapy Sessions, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Biomedical Interventions.
By: Priscila Aku Shika