Working in partnership with The Gabriella Children’s Rehabilitation Centre, the University of Georgia, and MUHIMBILI University, we organized groundbreaking autism diagnostic clinics and individual training sessions for families. Subsequently, we have hosted other village diagnostic sessions with visiting international professionals.
We encourage and seek to find ways that families from the community can work with professionals to identify the disability of their child and create a plan to better support their child.
CA Tanzania works with parents and guardians to organize support groups. Our trainings offer strategies for parents to form small groups that can offer critical emotional support and serve as a means of advocacy within their communities. These sessions include project development guidance, budgeting assistance and consensus building discussions.
“We learned children with the same problem aren't supposed to be hidden in the house. I also learned to support him by bringing him to school, and I advise others to bring their children to school. It is a normal problem and can be changed.”
(Mother of a 7-year-old boy)
Currently our Youth Centre supports 10 youth who have completed primary education, but were unable to continue to secondary or vocational training due to limited financial support. The aim of their time at the centre is to offer them guidance in career planning and life skills while connecting them to various independent living and job experiences in the community. We also hope this centre can serve as a model for the government of how they can support youth with autism in Tanzania.
CA Tanzania recognizes that young people and adults living with autism and co-occurring conditions in Tanzania have very few economic opportunities. To address this reality, we have developed a CAT Youth Centre to support young people post-education to develop skills needed for employment and independent living, while connecting them to potential work experiences.