Nakuru MCA tables motion seeking to address stigma on autism

Stigma surrounding autism will be a thing of the past in Nakuru if a motion tabled at the Nakuru county assembly sails through.

The motion that was tabled on Wednesday morning by Lakeview Ward MCA Peter Karanja Mburu  seeks to ensure equality in education for all children living with autism.

The Motion seeks to ensure to the county government of Nakuru establishes classrooms for special needs, provide early diagnosis of autism and training of specialized teachers to handle such in ECDE centres.

It also seeks to ensure that there is a referral facility for autism cases as well as a compliance disciplinary committee in place to handle non-compliance issues.

“Through this motion, the county government of Nakuru to set up specific classrooms for children with autism, provide early diagnosis of autism and train specialized teachers to handle such in ECDE centres” said Mburu.

And addressing media minutes after tabling the motion, the Lakeview Ward MCA said many children with autism have been neglected and others treated to stigma.He says if the motion sails through then it will help address challenges and gaps.

“As we focus on ECDE centres we also have children with special needs who should be catered for and this motion will ensure the county takes responsibility” said Mburu.

The youthful Nakuru County assembly member also assuring that as a member of the budget committee they will ensure the motions passed by the assembly are also implemented by the Executive.

Nakuru County becomes the 7th County to have such motion according to Director Autism Lights Incorporation Mr. Maratu Chege.He says as an organization they commenced advocacy on the same since autistic children have been left out in many spheres of the society.

The Organization has seen awareness created in Nakuru County besides training of teachers for the autistic kids.“Nakuru becomes the 7th county on the motion and we are already doing more on awareness” said Chege.

According to World Health Organization, one out of forty persons is autistic hence interventions need to be put in place.

PHOTO/Karanja:Lakeview Ward MCA Peter Karanja Mburu.

Martin Gicinga

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