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Background of this idea
The Dewdrops Community Centre for Special Needs is a duly registered independent NGO and non-profit provider of special and inclusive education in Nigeria. Working in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), we have continued to support children and young adults from low income families and underserved communities to access special and inclusive education in Nigeria since 2015. We also empower parents, teachers and caregivers with training so they can take power in their hands to bridge the deficits of special education. Our objective is to have a larger number of individuals with special needs growing to become independent adults, thus reducing poverty levels in Nigerian communities, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO, 2013) as a growing global public health concern and estimates its global prevalence as one (1) per 160 persons. However, in Nigeria it is assumed (largely from hospital–based studies) that one (1) out of every 125-150 children are living with this condition this amounts to about 600,000 Nigerian children. April is observed globally as the international month for Autism awareness as declared by the United Nations. Since 2015, we as an organization have conducted the Family Fun Day event, with an annual turnout of not less than 500 children with autism and related disabilities and their families from Abuja and environs.

 

Benefits and Impact so far 
•    Removal of stigma and discrimination from families who are socially isolated due to cultural beliefs about autism and other disabilities. 
•    The inclusive recreational activities have helped to foster social interaction skills in many of the children with autism.
•    Knowledge gained from the Fun Day awareness educational talks has encouraged many parents to commit to early intervention for their children diagnosed with ASD.
•    Knowledge gained from the Fun Day awareness educational talks have helped young adults with ASD and other disabilities to self advocate and also know what to do in the face of potential sexual exploitation, abuse and violence.
•    The free audiological tests have helped many families to identify potential hearing problems and seek for early intervention.
•    A great opportunity for parents of children and young adults with disabilities to de-stress and socialise. 

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Pictures from the 3rd Annual Family Funfair 2019