Mothers of Children with CP call for investments in Special Needs care

By Priscilla N. Nyamekye, GNA

Accra, Oct. 18, GNA – Special Mothers Project,
an advocacy and awareness creation organisation on Cerebral Palsy (CP), has
held a seminar on entrepreneurship with a call on the Government to support
them create learning facilities and extra advocacy programmes about cerebral
palsy.

They explored opportunities for encouraging
the State and entrepreneurs to invest in modern inclusive facilities, such as
day care centres and play grounds for children with special needs.

Mrs Hannah Awadzi, a mother of a child with
CP, and the Founder of Special Mothers Project, in an interview with Ghana News
Agency, said it was important to create awareness for people to perceive
children with CP as a blessing but not as a curse.

She, therefore, urged the Government and the
citizenry to pay more attention to issues regarding CP to provide opportunities
for them to have basic education and health care.

She urged Non-Governmental Organisations to
partner day care schools, children’s playing grounds to factor the needs of
children with disability when planning fun activities.

Mrs Awadzi urged the individuals to do more
research on children with special needs to have a fair idea about the
situation.

The Founder of the Organisation advised
parents, families and caregivers raising children with CP or disability to
share ideas, experience and create awareness together.

“There should also be counselling points to
educate new mothers with CP children and public educational programmes so that
the children would get a suitable treatment in the society.

Madam Vee Agyare Nelson, the Founder of
Stepping Stones, said if parents or families raising children with CP opened up
to teachers and caregivers, it would enable them to feel comfortable to give of
their best.

She said, “Let’s not see the school as if they
are doing us a favour because at the end of the day, you pay for the services,
be sincere to yourself how much you can afford because every time payment
delays your child’s quality of life delays.” 

Madam Vee urged parents to appreciate and
value the outcomes of their efforts and be knowledgeable about the kind of
skills their children would be able to pick to assist them in that direction”.

She advised parents to talk to their children,
including those who could not talk, saying it would help them in many ways to
get the communication signs.

Ms Monica Kwakye, a professional caregiver,
urged parents to bear with caregivers when their children were not improving to
their expectation.

“Children with CP pick up from different
dimensions, therefore, I would be glad if parents look for improvements in
different angles,’’ she said.

GNA

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