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Autism SA

Cnr Joubert Street Ext and Empire Road, Gate 13, Children’s Memorial Institute, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

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Autism South Africa is a National Body serving children and adults with Autism and their families in South Africa. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development.

Autism South Africa (A;SA) aspires to achieving a society in which persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) enjoy all the rights and opportunities to meet their needs and fulfill their potentials, throughout their lives, as loved and valued members of their families and communities

A;SA STRIVES TO:

* Celebrate and champion the diversity and creativity of persons with ASD;
Partner with and be relevant to persons with ASD and their families and communities;
* Identify and address the differing and changing needs of babies, children, adolescents and adults with ASD;
* Promote the rights and advance the interests of all those within the autism community;
* Lead ASD awareness, education, therapy and advocacy throughout South Africa; and
* Draw on and contribute to national and international experience and expertise in the field of ASD, while retaining a regional and local focus on challenges and opportunities

WHAT DOES A;SA DO?

Parent Empowerment

Parent support is offered to parents and is done through various channels depending on their needs

* Training
Telephonic Support
Support via email
Face to face contact support

We are also embarking on an exciting project together with the World Health Organisation and the Centre for Autism Research in Africa, where we are piloting their Caregivers Skills Training program in South Africa.

Advocacy

* Organise: Build power from the base
Educate legislators, influencing decisions
Educate public, increasing awareness of ASD
Support and facilitate ASD research
Mobilize community for ASD
Gather, network, share information and resources
Promote and facilitate self-advocacy within ASD community

Lobbying

* Lobby for and against specific legislation and policy affecting ASD communit
Take action at agencies
Bring pressure to bear on policy makers and implementers
Take up the causes those that society ignores

Training

* Training and capacity building to ensure an environment and community nurturing and enabling to people with ASD
Mentoring and training of local ASD focused organisations to ensure reach into all corners of South Africa and an extensive ASD network

VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO

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Cnr Joubert Street Ext and Empire Road, Gate 13, Children’s Memorial Institute, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

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