Volunteer opportunity posted by: AfriVol
Posted on: January 23, 2013
The Autism Centre is a local support and education centre for children with autism that was founded in 1998 by a mother of a child with autism. AACT's mission is to support the families of children with autism. In order to achieve this mission, AACT focuses on two primary areas: 1) promoting awareness and understanding of autism in Ghana; and 2) providing training and educational services to children with autism in order for them to function more effectively in society.
While developing countries understand autism as a medical disorder, the general public in Ghana have little or no understanding of autism. Given this "gap", families of children with autism are often left ostracized from their communities and extended families. In some cases, the mothers of children with autism are seen as "witches" that have possessed their child with evil spirits. For these reasons, having a child with autism in Ghana is a traumatic and painful experience for most families.
A Teaching Assistant is required to spend one-on-one time with the children and also to organize and supervise play activities with the children.
A Speech & Language Therapist is required to help teach the autistic children how to speak through verbal & non-verbal communication using pictures and diagrams.
Dedicated and hard-working special ed students and other students are more than welcome to come to the centre to help and gain experience working with autistic children.
A dedicated volunteer is required to help give additional one-on-one attention to the children through activities such as drama, dance, art, music and games.
A drama therapist is required to combine the aims & techniques of drama and theatre with those of psychotherapy to help the children expand their quality of life.
A dedicated & patient music therapist is required to combine the aims & techniques of music with those of psychotherapy to help the children expand their quality of life.
A Clinical Psychologist is needed to reduce psychological distress and enhance and promote the psychological well being of the children.
A dedicated & patient art therapist is required to combine the aims and techniques of art with those of psychotherapy to help the children expand their quality of life.
Special Needs Teacher
An experienced Special Educational Needs Teacher is required. The ideal candidate will have both academic and teaching experience with special needs children.
An occupational therapist is required to work closely with the children to help them gain more confidence and control by designing treatment programs.
The prospective volunteer will be required to look at the options for fund raising, meet with potential donors and draft fund raising proposals.