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Walk for Autism to take place at the Johannesburg Zoo

Neelam Rahim | neelam@radioislam.co.za

3-minute read
07 September 2023 | 14:48 CAT

Image: www.walkforautism.org.au

The word partially disabled comes to mind, although absolute wonders can be seen in children suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Jozi4Autism, a non-profit organisation, aims to promote autism awareness as well as support for autistic children and families within under-represented communities in the Johannesburg Area.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition involving persistent challenges with social communication, restricted interests, and repetitive behaviour. While Autism is considered a lifelong disorder, the degree of impairment in functioning because of these challenges varies between individuals with Autism.

Being autistic does not indicate an illness or disease. It means the brain works differently from other people.

It’s something one is born with. Signs of Autism might be noticed when you are young or not until you’re older. Like everyone, autistic people have things they’re good at, as well as things they struggle with.

Autism is a spectrum. This means everybody with Autism is different.

Some autistic people need little or no support. Others may need help from a parent or carer every day.

Director of Jozi4Autism, Sumaya Babamia, said that the world could often be frightening for some, and they can over-respond.”

Meanwhile, The Jozi4Autism community initiative hosts the Autism walk on 17 September 2023 at the Johannesburg Zoo.

The walk has occurred for the past seven years, barring COVID.

Sumaya said, “The purpose of the walk is really to de-stigmatise autism and disability in general and also to try and promote community awareness of the prevalence of ASD.”

“We are also trying to raise funds to facilitate the assessment and interventions in outlying areas of ASD within Gauteng and South Africa,” she added.

Listen to the full interview on Your World Today with Annisa Essack.

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