Our project seeks to bring free therapy services children with autism and education materials to their families, these are families living in the slums of mathare in Nairobi Kenya where our project runs under the name steppers therapy center. Autism being a developmental disorder cannot be cured but can be managed through therapy and diet.In this part of the world where autism is still regarded as witchcraft,therapy services are very expensive and the poor people in the slums cannot afford.
There are more than 1500 children with autism and other developmental disabilities in the slums of the mathare and its environs who cannot access therapy services and good nutrition because of the poverty of their caregivers and the expensive nature of such therapies .This children due to the stigma faced by their parents are locked in their homes and not allowed to go outside because of the dangers they might face and the criticism their parents will get for having such children.
Our project which we have named steppers therapy center not only advocates for the acceptance and inclusion of the children into the community but also offers them free therapy and nutritional advice to their families. With enough funding our project will not only be available to the children in mathare slums but also the rest of the slums in the country.
1500 children with autism and other developmental disabilities will get therapy services and food. Their families and the communities they live in as a result of our project will not only accept them but also inter grate them and include them in their activities. It will no-longer be a taboo for them to play with the ordinary kids in the neighborhood,it will be a norm and the best thing to do.