In February and March, Connects Autism Tanzania worked closely with second year teachers and students studying special education from PATANDI Teachers Training College, as well as third year students teachers from SEKOMU University, to implement Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for students. A group of 30 students and teachers learned how to create IEP goals for their students and discussed how to implement the plans. Participants took this newfound knowledge back to their respective regions In Tanzania to share with other teachers, parents and social workers.
This quarter CAT joined forces with 5 special education organizations including Regional and City Education officers from the Arusha Region, Radio Habari Maalum, and several educators from around Arusha to participate in a 3-day awareness event on special education. As a leader in disability work in Arusha, CAT director Grace Lyimo was asked to be a key speaker and helped organize the event. 120 participants from 7 districts of Arusha attended the event to learn about various topics to help improve the lives of those with disabilities in Tanzania.
In March CAT was approached by various mothers of children with cerebral palsy about an event they were organizing to raise awareness about disabilities in Arusha. CAT was asked to help support the parents group by bringing our network to the event and speaking at their seminar about disabilities. It was a great honor to meet other strong Tanzania mothers looking to fight for change for disability rights. There were 170 parents/caregivers and their kids attended the event and learned about strategies while children were able to get their face painted and watch acrobatics show. We are excited about the partnership with this group and the opportunities to work together in the future.
In March, Tanzania recognized the 35 amazing Special Olympic athletes from Arusha who participated in the East African competitions in Zanzibar. Athletes were awarded with medals and honored donors with certificates of appreciation for their contributions. CAT was humbled to be invited to help honor these amazing individuals. In November 2017 Connects Autism worked together with Arusha districts to help find support to help these youths to participate in this event in Zanzibar and are excited that 3 of them were selected to represent Tanzania in the International Special Olympics September 2018 in Abu Dhabi.
2018 IEP Workshop
CAT Participates in Arusha Education Conference
CAT Supports Cerebral Palsy and Mothers Fighting for Equality
CAT Supports the Special Olympics