Children with autism spectrum disorders mark World Autism Awareness Day in a grand style

Students of NHS display their outfit

Students of NHS display their outfit

ACCRA – Students of New Horizon School have thrilled an audience of about 150 with cultural performance and modelling of African wear at a special event to mark World Autism Awareness Day in Accra.  The event was planned by the School in collaboration with UNIC, Accra and was supported by Emperor Gaza International Foundation, an NGO that promotes issues on and about people living with disability.

As part of the day’s line-up of activities to highlight the talents of children with disability, including those with autism spectrum disorders, and to encourage inclusiveness, a modelling show was organised. Excited to show the audience what they have to offer, the students impressively stepped out in pairs in an intriguing and spectacular moment of display.

A student of NHS in a cultural attire performs

A student performs a traditional dance

The National Information Officer of UNIC Accra, Ms Cynthia Prah read out the UN Secretary-General’s message which encourages nations to “work for a more inclusive society, highlight the talents of affected people and ensure opportunities for them to realize their potential… cultivate their strengths while addressing the challenges they face so they can lead the productive lives that are their birthright”.

A cross section of the students in their traditional attire

A cross section of the students in their traditional attire

There was also solidarity messages from sister schools and from the Ghana Federation of the Disable. There was an exhibition of the handiworks of some of the students including baskets, beads, tie dye and a variation of art work.

New Horizon School is a private, and one of the oldest, learning institutions dedicated for children with intellectual disability in the country.