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Welcome to Ike Foundation for Autism

Ike Foundation for Autism (IFA) is a non-profit and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) dedicated to serving all persons living with Autism in Africa and supporting them to live productive and fulfilling lives, irrespective of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, income levels or gender.

Our Mission

IFA’s mission is to HEAL Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Africa and enable all persons living with ASD achieve their full potential and live productive lives. 

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IFA is running the largest library and resource center dedicated to educating the public about the complexities of autism, creating awareness, improving know-how and reducing stigma.

IFA has set up and is running the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) Autism Assessment/Early Intervention Centre  of its kind in Nigeria. 

We improve awareness, combat-readiness to HEAL Autism and facilitate collaboration through engaging media and user-friendly visual information repositories.

Training & Events

We are passionate about local capacity development. We combine up-to-date learning content with leading professionals to discuss Autism-related topics, provide more insights and train individuals.

What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder is a  serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact.
Autism spectrum disorder impacts the nervous system.
The range and severity of symptoms can vary widely. Common symptoms include difficulty with communication, difficulty with social interactions, obsessive interests and repetitive behaviours.
Early recognition, as well as behavioural, educational and family therapies may reduce symptoms and support development and learning.

In Nigeria for example, with less than 3000 recorded Covid-related deaths as at the time of writing this article, the government-imposed lockdowns seemed more reactionary than strategic.

The prevalence of poverty in Africa in concert with extreme levels of illiteracy and ignorance creates the unfortunate status quo of autism not being sufficiently understood and catered to or even tolerated.

 I currently work with the Ike Foundation for Autism (IFA). A lot of what I do on my job is autism research and advocacy, such as in the collaborative work that IFA does with the Autism Eswatini team.


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