An autism awareness project in Nigeria is helping teachers and students understand how to include children with disabilities in their classrooms.

Teachers do not always fully understand the concept of inclusion and believe that some children with disabilities cannot learn with their peers in a mainstream classroom.

At The Autism Awareness Place, we are changing this narrative through introducing teachers to how inclusion can work in the classroom setting.

Many children are excluded from school or face limitations in school because of a disability— Photo credit: Omotoke Titilope Olowo

This year’s Autism Awareness Week was an amazing one, as we were able to reach over 75 teachers and introduce them to ways of having an inclusive mindset. Additionally, we informed over 200 secondary school students on how they can support their friends with disabilities.

Our major focus at The Autism Awareness Place is to foster a society free of stigmatisation of children living with a disability.

The Autism Awareness Place educates teachers on how inclusion can work in classrooms— Photo credit: Omotoke Titilope Olowo

After all, today’s children grow up to be tomorrow’s adults who could stigmatise, marginalise, shun and become roadblocks to people with disabilities getting jobs.

Inclusion is a mindset and ignorance is the greatest form of disability.