In support of Junior, and all those with autism, our family here in the United States and Sierra Leone, are wearing blue to bring awareness to autism. 🙌
As a mom with a son with autism, I would like to thank all those around the globe, who are working tirelessly to bring awareness and support to individuals with autism.
Junior ready to celebrate St Patrick’s Day today.
Early detection is always best. I consistently try to convince the African immigrants I meet residing in the United States, that early intervention is the best we can do for our children. Many people in Africa are still not convinced that autism is a neurological disorder. Some believe it may stem from supernatural causes.
It’s definitely worth a look. Click the highlighted link above.
The section on negative cultural belief and practices, really hit home for me
Negative Cultural Beliefs and Practices
-Research finding observed that the aetiological basis of
ASD is still being explained by supernatural causes
(Bakare et al, 2009b).
-In Africa, witchcraft, demonic afflictions, evil spirits are
common acceptable mode of explaining aetiology of
ASD and other childhood NDD.
-Individuals with ASD and their families are often faced
with rejection, negative and derogatory comments,
further promoting stigma.
– To avoid stigma, families tend to hide away the
affected children from the society. This may lead to late
presentation and diagnosis of the disorder among
There is so much help out there! Don’t’ hesitate to reach out! Junior’s Place of Hope is here to help you navigate the system. (805) 604 – 5512.
It was exciting to watch Junior as he figured out how to use the pepper grinder when shaking it did not produce any pepper. So proud of him figuring it out all by himself.
Today we honor all the women! There are so many women, around the world, who are trying to take care of their families, with little or no support. They are mothers, sisters, grandmothers, and daughters. You are all my heroes. I hope, on this special day, you are treated with kindness, and receive support from your community and strangers.
A day to mourn and remember those with disabilities who are killed by their family members or caregivers.
Great news! Our Go Fund Me page has gone live! We are raising funds for the construction of a permanent day program facility in Sierra Leone. This will be a great help for adults with autism and other disabilities.
I am so grateful for the outpouring of support from around the world! Our dream of opening a day program for individuals with autism, and other special needs in Sierra Leone is finally getting it’s legs.
The interviewing and assessment process has begun and its looking very promising. The banners, tables and chairs are complete, and the staff have been hired. Everything is coming together so nicely and it’s making me so happy!
In other news, Junior and I went to see the movie Black Panther on Saturday. Jr was very excited to see all the people dressed in their African outfits, as he was wearing one too. The movie was so good! The most important lesson to learn from Black Panther is that regardless of your education, or social status, you should preserve your culture and traditions while embracing the culture of others. You don’t have to give up your African culture and traditions just to fit into Western culture! We have a diverse and beautiful culture that we can introduce others to and they will love it.