How to support individuals with autism and other special needs.

The first thing most people do when they see a child with autism or other special needs is to make a judgment, feel sorry for the parent or ignore them totally.

Individuals with special needs want what everyone wants, respect, acceptance and support. The first thing to do is smile, say hello and if it’s a child having a sensory breakdown the best you can do for the parent is to tell her ” you are doing a great job” you don’t know how much does six words mean to a parent dealing with a meltdown.

Our children’s response to different places and activities varies from child to child and parents shouldn’t be called “bad” or the kids shouldn’t be called “unruly” when you don’t know what they are going through.

Support, accept and respect individuals with autism and other special needs.

Henrietta Bassey, RN, BSN and ACAS

Autism awareness in Silver Spring MD 8/10/19

Since most Africans are still embarrassed because of cultural stigma to bring their kids with autism or other special needs in public, my family and I went to MD from CA to educate our community about autism. We also had a mental health professional talk about mental health in the African community. It was a very successful awareness event.

Pan African Congress on Autism 2019

Pan Africa

This past April, representatives from Junior’s Place of Hope (JPOH)  were invited to attend the Pan-African Congress on Autism in Nairobi, Kenya.  The conference took place from April 25th to April 27th.  As Vice President, I was looking forward to learning more about new research in the field and to presenting the stellar work that JPOH is doing.


These goals were accomplished, and more! It was invigorating to meet other passionate parents, doctors, nurses, psychologists, and people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),  All of us are working towards the same goal – destigmatize autism and increase awareness of local efforts to address the needs of people living with ASD.  Bring on next year’s conference!

Henrissa Bassey

Vice President
Junior’s Place of Hope