Accra, Ghana – The annual Autism and Digital Technology Event and Exhibition 2019 on Monday, opened in Accra, with a call for collaborative support from both government and stakeholders to make inclusive education realistic for children with disabilities.
“The world was currently moving faster and was being driven by technology as an important tool for development, making it critical to ensure that no individual was left out in terms of their total progress through education, health and socialization” said Ms Hannah Ackom – Mensah, an Early Childhood Consultant and Organizer of the annual event.
She said though globally countries including Ghana, were striving to bridge the digital divide, there remained a huge gap between persons with disabilities including children with autism, and the use of technology.
She stressed on the fact that the failure of countries and societies to support these vulnerable group of persons to become abreast with current trends and use of technology, could spell doom in their achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), as progress in areas such as poverty reduction, equal access to education and healthcare could be greatly affected.
The meeting which brought together parents, careers, professionals and other stakeholders, would discuss ways in which digital technology impacts autism, and uses dialogue to explore how research could improve policy making and conditions in Ghana and across Africa.