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ABOUT IFA

ABOUT IFA

WHO WE ARE

Autism is a neurological disorder that shows up in the first few years of life with no known causes. Autism is characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and repetitive behaviours. Autism can be associated with learning disability and difficulties in motor coordination.

 
Main symptoms of ASD include:
• Delayed speech or speech
• Odd sounds/facial expression
• Aggressive behaviour with frequent tantrums
• Head banging and self-inflicted injuries
• Lack of eye contact
• Excessive non-compliance in responding to routine environmental demands
 
In Nigeria Autism is a condition that is often misunderstood; and it is usually wrongly diagnosed and viewed as a spiritual attack. This is the sad reality that has negatively been impacting on the lives of persons living with autism. The founder, Dr Nwanze Okidegbe, who also has a child on the spectrum, did observe a huge gap between the recommended and the actual care and management available to children with autism and their families in Nigeria as compared to their counterparts in other developed countries. Many cases of autism are treated by personnel, (unorthodox doctors, religious leaders, spiritualists or traditional healers, etc.), who are ill prepared to care for them. Even those who are correctly diagnosed lead a much lower quality of life with little or no opportunity to achieve their full potential because of poor services. Ike foundation for Autism was established to change these realities.
VISION

VISION

To eliminate Autism Stigma in Nigeria and Africa at large while providing expert services
MISSION

MISSION

To HEAL autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Africa and enable all persons living with ASD achieve their full potential and live productive lives.
What We Do - HEAL

What We Do - HEAL

IFA aims to HEAL Autism Spectrum Disorder through dedicated support services in

▪ autism assessment and diagnostic services;

▪ inclusive medical services;

▪ mental health support services;

▪ medical referral support.

▪ early intervention services;

▪ special needs programs to build language and behaviour skills;

▪ skills and vocational training;

▪ assistive technology services;

▪ employment programs;

▪ independent living initiative.

▪ promote autism awareness and advocacy campaigns in the media, public space, etc

▪ support public policies that support persons with disabilities;

▪ organize autism advocacy activities.

▪ promote lifelong learning initiatives;

▪ build capacity of persons living with ASD and those that provide care;

▪ promote ASD learning events;

▪ funding ASD research that enhances learning;

▪ support e-learning, continued education and autism resource materials.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

Help Us ACHIEVE IT
National school awareness campaign that takes basic autistic education and enlightenment to all federal public schools (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Institutions) because they are the parents of tomorrow and also combat stigmatization.
Sensitization and Influencing government parastatals to enact inclusive healthcare laws and policies, build top health care facilities that are primarily beneficial to people living with autism and the autism community
Create a system of technical skill acquisition for employability of Persons living with autism, a working environment, residential and housing solutions to help achieve independence
Create an autism community first within Nigeria and further expanded to Africa of Persons living with autisms, parents to interact, socialize, connect, fun, relax and engage in constructive activities.
Spread the light of Autism awareness in Nigeria and Africa at large

Spread the light of Autism awareness in Nigeria and Africa at large