Due to stigma and misunderstanding of the Autism Spectrum Disorder, a considerable number of autistic Kenyans, consisting of both children and adults are locked up in their homes and hidden from the public eye. For this and many other reasons, Step Up 4 Autism is organizing an annual run to set up a therapy center for children with Autism in Eldoret ,Kenya.The therapy center will provide free therapy and support servcies to children and adaults with autism from the rural areas of Rift Valley.
There are currently more than 300 children with special needs that do not have access to therapy services due to the tough economic times, lack of awareness, and abject poverty in the rural areas. This situation makes the rights of children with disabilities not be guaranteed. Day in day out parents lock them up in homes due to the stigma associated with having a child with disabilities and they are denied access to therapy services that could greatly improve their ability to live independently.
The Autism Awareness fun run raises funds that go into buying therapy equipment for the therapy centers. The equipment goes a long way into ensuring that children with disabilities get access to occupational, speech, and physical therapy services for free at least on a weekly basis. The fun run also create massive awareness in the community and breaks the disability myths in the rural areas, this allows the locals to accept the children and promote the Availablity of services that help more kids
This project will help over 300 children from rural areas to get access to occupational, speech, and physical therapy services. The services will turn them into young independent boys and girls who are able to rise above their conditions and pursue their dreams in life.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).