Friday, January 17, 2020

The Epicentre establishes breakfast club for Special Needs Families

The Epicentre, a not for profit organization that provides education and therapy services for children with developmental delays has established a breakfast club as a way of bring families raising children with special needs together.

Mrs Joyce Ankrah, Executive Director of Epicentre told the Special Mothers Project that “I’ve been thinking of ways of bringing parents, staff and children together for a very long time. I realized parents are extremely busy and very rarely accompany their children to school.”

The Breakfast club meetings which is expected to be held every quarter or as and when parents demands will be informal and a day for interacting with staff, children and their siblings as well as for de-stressing.

Mrs Ankrah said the first of such meetings was held in December last year where families discussed the importance of having good breakfast.

She said the breakfast meetings will present parents the opportunity to have a good breakfast with their children especially those with developmental challenges eat healthily    

It will also improve social development, help staff get to know children better and afford  parents, carers, health professionals and the community an opportunity to interact more effectively.

Mrs Ankrah said the breakfast club is not limited to just parents of Epicentre but all families raising children with developmental challenges

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Six Children with Communication Challenges receive Assistive Devices

Six Families raising children with communication challenges have been trained on how to use an assistive device, Grid Pad, to enhance their children’s communication.

The families received a Grid Pad each from Smartbox Company, a UK based organization that designs assistive devices and software to help with communication challenges

The training provided by a team of Speech and Language Therapists from Columbia University in the United States of America with support from Ghana’s Special Education Division gave beneficiary families an opportunity to use the device with their children.

Mr Anthony Boateng, Deputy Director of the Ghana Education Service who received the devices from officials of Columbia University, handed the devices to Mrs Bernice Aduo Addae, Head of the Special Education Division to be given to the beneficiary families.

Mrs Addae, presenting the devices to the families, expressed happiness about the gesture, saying, “We are happy to be able to support some children with communication challenges, we pray for more of such support to enable more children benefit.”

The Special Education Boss, said the division welcomed any such support from organizations home and abroad to enable them equip and assist more children with Special Educational needs with assistive devices.

“We are also very happy that the Ghana Education Service has embraced most of the programmes that the Special Education Division intends to implement in schools throughout Ghana to ensure the proper implementation of the Inclusive Education Policy.

Professor Carol Hammer, a Speech and Language Therapist at Columbia University, who presented the devices, said, Ghana was selected to be a beneficiary of the programmes, after the Special Education Division applied for support.

She said the Columbia University was working with the Special Education Division of the Ghana Education Service to ensure efficiency in the usage of the devices.

Ms Belinda Bukari, an official in charge of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the Special Education Service said there has been an earlier training held for teachers in the various unit schools of the GES.

The unit schools are designated classrooms attached to regular schools that attends to children with special educational needs.

She said all six beneficiaries of the Grid Pad device are children with special educational needs who have been mainstreamed.

Friday, January 3, 2020

NGO urges policy makers to prioritize issues on Special Needs children

A non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to enhancing the lives of families raising children with Special Needs has asked government and policy makers to prioritize issues on children with Special Needs

The Special Mothers Project,the NGO, further called on all political parties to have an agenda that ensures that families raising children with special needs are included by prioritizing and implementing good social protection policies

Mrs Hannah Awadzi, Executive Director of the Special Mothers Project made the call when she presented GHC1200 cedis to Madam Asabea Otupiri Darko, a member of the group who was in financial difficulty.

Members of the Special Mothers Project's whatsapp Platform made up of mainly parents of children with disabilities or Special Needs gave voluntary contributions that sums up to GHC1200 to support Madam Darko.

Madam Darko expressed gratitude to the group for the support.
The Special Mothers Project has established an online community where parents and other professionals share experiences, encouragement and ideas on parenting children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities