a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.
“The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among sub-Saharan African children with intellectual disability is about 0.7% more than three decades ago.
The present study assessed the prevalence of ASD among Nigerian children with intellectual disability. Forty four children with intellectual disability were assessed for diagnosis of childhood autism based on criteria specified in F84.0 section of International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition (ICD-10) Diagnostic Criteria for Research. Five (11.4%) of the children studied met the diagnostic criteria for childhood autism.”
There is a common misconception amongst we Nigerians that regrettably, is to our detriment.
“This kain thing no de worry Naija man!“
It is prevalent mostly with mental and psychological issues. And as a result of our denial, are presumed to be spiritual issues or “strong head”which ends up stigmatizing victims of such illnesses.
My focus today however is Autism and as seen from the excerpt above is more common than we care to admit.
The truth is just because it’s not one of us or ours doesn’t mean it can’t happen at all.
What if I told you though, that there is one way you could do your bit to raise awareness for this and learn even more about the disease?
Abuja Color Blast 2017
The Abuja color blast is a non competitive 5km run, walk, skate or bike event organized by the Fit City Club. This is in a bid to raise and support Autism awareness, a celebration of friendship and love.
Come join us and do your quota to kick out the stigma and let’s spread love and happiness while keeping fit and having fun while we’re at it, yeah ? 😀
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free water & juice
- Exciting prizes to be won
- Workout sessions
Time : 6:30 am
Venue : Millenium Park Abuja
Date : 29th April 2017
Don’t worry you can still register and buy your kits @ http://www.abujacolourblast.com/
Just got mine!
Come run ( walk, skate,bike) for a life. 😀
All photos sourced from instagram page of the color blast Abuja : @abujacolourblast
Excerpt : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22643602
Definition : Google