The Campaign for Learning Disabilities (CLED) a grassroots non-governmental organisation that works to ensure that children with learning disabilities are supported in schools, have partnered the Special Mothers project, to enhance advocacy.
Mr Padmore Quansah, Founder and Executive Director of CLED said his organisation’s passion is to help children with learning disabilities to have access to at least basic education in an inclusive setting.
Speaking in an interview with GNA, he said CLED seeks to achieve its objectives through public awareness, research and advocacy, parents empowerment, educational material support and organising training workshops to build capacity of teachers to effectively manage, teach and make the school curriculum accessible to learners with learning and intellectual disability, autism, and attention issues.
“Our mission is to improve the lives of children with learning disabilities by supporting and developing the capacity of parents, educational professionals and mainstream communities to respond to their needs,” he said.
Mr Quansah who is a graduate professional teacher, Special Needs Educator and Social Worker, said CLED also assesses children to see if they have special educational needs.
He said the aim of CLED in the Education Sector is to promote rights and access to education for children with learning disabilities
Mrs Hannah Awadzi, Initiator of the Special Mothers Project, a project that advocates and create awareness about Cerebral Palsy (CP), expressed happiness about the collaboration.
She said her organisation’s collaboration with CLED would help create awareness on CP issues.
“Children with Cerebral Palsy are usually left out when it comes to education, even though some of these children do not have intellectual disabilities, they are denied the right to education because of their physical disabilities,” Mrs Awadzi said.
“I hope that with our collaboration we will help more children with cerebral palsy to have access to basic education,” she added.
CP is a neurological disorder that affects the movement, coordination and speech of children. It is the highest causes of disability in children.