Autism SA battles for funds

9 Feb

For most within the autism communities, I suspect that charities are chosen with great care. Whether under- or un-employed autistic or a parent concerned about providing for a child, each dollar counts to many of us. But if you will allow me to suggest a charity to consider: Autism South Africa

I was reminded of Autism SA while reading another blog. The Simons Foundation SFARI blog has a discussion of a recent study on Autism in Africa. The study they focus on is Excess of non-verbal cases of autism spectrum disorders presenting to orthodox clinical practice in Africa – a trend possibly resulting from late diagnosis and intervention. On many levels this study is important to me. But, what I’m writing about now is based on a comment:

Things are not improving fast enough. South Africa’s main autism charity, Autism SA, has only two months left if it doesn’t get funds to continue. http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/2012/02/08/autism-sa-battles-for-funds The majority of doctors, psychologists and other healthcare practitioners in South Africa and the rest of Africa are not trained to diagnose autism.

Autism South Africa’s website includes a link to how to donate. I just sent a few Rand their way, it’s pretty easy.

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3 Responses to “Autism SA battles for funds”

  1. Julian Frost February 9, 2012 at 06:01 #

    Thanks for this, Sullivan. I’m not a member of Autism SA, but I am a SOuth African.

    • Sullivan February 11, 2012 at 18:26 #

      Julian Frost,

      I was in SA briefly about 20 years ago. I considered taking a short term position at U. Cape Town.

      From what I’ve heard Autism SA is a good org. I’m happy to do something. I wish I could do more.

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