Living with autism in Ghana has just been made more bearable since HopeSetters, an autism center, came out with a locally configured autism app that helps children with autism receive better education.
The privately funded center is the very first in Sub-Saharan Africa to make learning easier for kids with autism.
Speaking of her motivation, 24-year-old Alice Amoako (pictured) says that her desire to ease the strain of teaching and learning among children with special needs informed her decision to develop the app.
“I [visited] an autism centre and had interactions with the caregivers and children, and I realized there was a need to help raise awareness. In my final year [at university], I had to do a project to complete my studies, and we developed the app,” she said.
Ghana currently has no official documentation or statistics on the state of children with autism; however, a recent report indicates that 1 in 87 children in Ghana under the age of 3 have autism with the neurological disorder being 4 times more prevalent in boys than in girls.