Unganisha Elimisha

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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. ​

Awareness and Advocacy

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)

Parent Support Groups

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.

Unganisha Elimisha

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In 2018 and 2019 Connects Autism Tanzania solidified its role in leading the discussion between special needs families, professionals and the government about ways to better serve this population.

In the Spring of 2019, an unprecedented turnout marked World Autism Awareness Day in Arusha and surrounding districts, bringing together all parts of society.  Media coverage served to advance the message that all should be included in society and that care of those with intellectual disabilities is everyone's responsibility.

In August 2018, CAT participated in a one week exhibition (NANE NANE) to create Autism awareness in the Arusha community. CAT educated more than 400 people about activities done by youth with Autism if given an early intervention. Students ran a popcorn concession and produced crafts, demonstrating their abilities to perform productive tasks.

Earlier in the year, in March CAT Supported Cerebral Palsy and Mothers Fighting for Equality in a march to raise awareness about Autism in Arusha. CAT participated in this event to reduce stigmatization and educate the community about the importance of early intervention for youth with disabilities.

Throughout each year, CAT participates in other opportunities to raise awareness about autism across Tanzania through media campaigns, public events and community forums, always countering stigmas that still exist while advocating for inclusion.

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.  


Diagnostic Testing Clinics
CAT Youth Centre
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