Inclusion Ghana organised a Training in Advocacy and Communication for its members from the 11th to 12th April at the Catters Hotel in Accra. Included in the training was a session on building a Learning Organisations, which took participants through how an organisation must evolve in order to live up to their full potential. There was another session on communication where participants learnt about communicating effectively in their various organisations as well as with stakeholders of their organisations.
The training also focused on how and why organisations should advocate for Persons with Intellectual Difficulties (PWIDs) culminating in delegates thinking about the activities required in order to deliver the 10 objectives contained within the Advocacy Strategy. These objectives have been drawn up so that Member Organisations and Inclusion Ghana (IG) can work together to ensure the plight of PWIDs is brought into public focus and effective change in legislation is made where required. Delegates were tasked with creating an action plan to identify what needs to be done by their organisations and IG to deliver these objectives.
Positive feedback was received and some members also thought that future trainings should be longer as there is a lot of information to take in and more time should be spent on carrying out activities. Thank you to everyone who attended and made this training a success.
The following are red flags to watch for in developing children:
- Does not babble, point or make meaningful gestures by 12months
- Does not speak one word by 16 months
- Does not combine two words phrases by 24 months
- Does not respond to name
- Lost language or social skills
- Poor eye contact
- Does not seem to know how to appropriately play with toys
- Excessively lines up toys or other objects
- Is attached to one particular toy or object
- Does not smile
- May present as possibly hearing impaired
It is important to realize that any combination of these indicators may signal early detection of autism and /or other developmental delays. When a red flag is noticed, this information should be presented to the child’s paediatrician so that he /she can be referred to the appropriate specialist. Through proper assessment, diagnosis can be made.
An easy read version of the Report on the level of stigmatisation, discrimination and exclusion of persons with intellectual disability and their families in Ghana is available for download in the Resources section. This has been designed to make sure lots of people do not feel left when it comes to the dissemination of the content of the report.
Echoing Hills Ghana with strategic focus of providing information, training and support for people with intellectual disability joined Inclusion Ghana. Visit their website at www.echoinghillsvillage.org for more information
Inclusion Ghana closed applications for project funds to its member organisations on the 1st of March, 2012. Review of applications is currently underway. The project fund focuses on activities that:
- are for the benefit of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (PWIDs)
- will complement rather than replace or duplicate existing initiatives
- does not duplicate existing sources of funding (IG’s funding can be used to leverage or complement other funding sources)
- has an established record of achievement in their proposed field of endeavour.
- has a clearly defined benefit in terms of the IG's goals.
- establishes prospects for future independent activity as a result of initial IG funding and provides opportunities for co-funding by other agencies and donors in shared objectives
- shows plausible pathways to long-term sustainability at the end of IG funding
- have high levels of community support and agreement on outcomes sought
- are cost effective and provide value for money