A Kenyan mother wrestles with her thirteen year old autistic son almost daily as he rages, a boy overwhelmed by sensory input in their concrete block home in the middle of Nairobi. RRS distributed 200 CD’s at PACA, music designed to calm the autistic mind performed by highly acclaimed flutist Theresa Griffith. This mother's life has now become a little bit easier. Perhaps just as importantly, she now knows she is not alone.
Attendee Eva Naputini, founder and director of Acorn Special Tutorial School, laments how lack of parental engagement in autism intervention contributes to abuse of autistic children and even abuse of their mothers deemed responsible for the condition. She emerged from our training feeling equipped to invite her parents to participate developing Guiding Relationships with their children.
Next, RRS brought our team to Nakuru for three days of disability advocacy work. Typical Kenyan culture ascribes disabilities to a curse or witchcraft. We were stunned by the incredible humility and responsiveness of the audience as they embraced our teaching, re-evaluating the judgments they had held against those impacted by disabilities. The differently abled were so overjoyed hearing local leaders publicly commit to changing both the way they think and the way they interact with them, that they initiated a spontaneous dancing and singing party on stage.
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