- Does your child seem interested in the potty seat or toilet?
- Does your child seem interested in wearing underwear?
- Can your child understand and follow basic directions?
- Does your child stay dry for periods of 2 hours or longer during the day?
- Does he or she wake from naps dry?
- Does your child have fairly predictable bowel movements?
- Does your child tell you when he or she needs to potty?
- Is your child uncomfortable in wet or dirty diapers?
- Can your child pull down his/her pants and pull them up again?
If the answers are mostly yes, your child with autism may be ready for potty training
Some Tips for Potty Training
- Remove the child’s diapers and have him/her drink a lot of liquid throughout the day. This will allow for plenty of opportunities to use the potty.
- Let your child wear just a shirt and underwear.
- When the need to use the potty comes, it will be easier to take off clothing.
- Schedule trips to the bathroom every 30 minutes.
- The child should have to sit for at least five minutes each visit.
- When your child successfully uses the potty, reward the behaviour by providing exciting toys, treats, and lots of praise
- Make your child feel proud of his/her accomplishment by telling the special people in his life, such as grandparents, neighbours and teachers.
The new Intellectual Disability Awareness Video has been released. You can find it in the videos section of the Inclusion Ghana Website or on the Inclusion Ghana YouTube channel.
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Inclusion Ghana Updates
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Presentation of Auditor's Report
The Auditors, Vanderpuye, Buabeng & Co. presented the 2010 audited accounts which had been audited under the historical cost convention. No questions were presented by the members.
Constitutional Amendment Proposal
Some amendment proposals were made by the board to the members and agreements were reached on the following:
- It was agreed that the constitution should have index headings to indicate in articles and sections for easy reference when referring to a particular issue
- Membership Fees and Termination of Members - It was agreed that payment of membership subscription is due the 1st of January of every year and the deadline for payment of any particular calendar year is 30th June of that year. If payments are not made by then by a member, then membership is assumed to have has expired and attendance at AGMs is not permitted (unless you bring your payment with you!). If member wants to be re-admitted then that member will have to re-apply.
- Board of Directors Composition – Members discussed the proposal and agreed to have only 7 members constituting the board and that 2 of the 7 member board should be a parent and one a PWID who is able to contribute.
Election of Board Members
Following a democratic process, board members were nominated and elected. All the previous board members maintained their positions. It was also agreed that the board will look for a person with intellectual disability to join the Board.
- In March 2012 there will be a training of Member Organisations in Advocacy
- Another Training is scheduled to happen during the same period for member organisation in the area of Communication & becoming a Learning Organisation
- The Project Manager and the Board Secretary will represent Inclusion Ghana in the upcoming Inclusion Africa General Assembly scheduled to take place in Nairobi from 5th- 7th March, 2012. This is being hosted and organised by the Kenya Association of the Intellectually Handicapped in collaboration with Inclusion Africa, Inclusion International and Norwegian Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities.
Board Meeting Dates in 2012
- 7th February
- 27th March
- 26th June
- 25th September
- 4th December
Awaawaa2 in collaboration with Inclusion Ghana and the Autism Awareness Care and Training Center (AACT) celebrated an embrace campaign week for persons with communication and intellectual disabilities. The week which highlighted the significance for all people to open their arms and embrace children and all persons with communication difficulties and intellectual disabilities started on the 24th of October and ended 30th October, 2011. Persons with these difficulties are often stereotyped in our society as "jimijimi", "buulu", "Nsuoba", etc. They often encounter prejudice, bullying, insensitive treatment and discrimination at some time in their lives. Such prejudice and discrimination has a very damaging impact. It leads to their world becoming smaller, opportunities more limited, a withdrawal from wider society. What is also a real cause for concern and anxiety is that persons with communication and intellectual disabilities face difficulties in finding the right health care services, education and leisure opportunities. At best, they can feel obstacles are constantly put in their way by society. At worst, they feel abandoned by the rest of society. We have to change this situation if we are to achieve our goal of a modern society in which everyone is valued and has the chance to play their full part. It is our aim that the wider society will love and embrace this group.
Awaawaa2, Inclusion Ghana and the AACT advocates for a society that fosters tolerance for persons with communication and intellectual disabilities. We work towards fulfilling the government’s millennium development goal of full inclusion for all school children by the year 2015. We focus throughout on what people can do, with support where necessary, rather than on what they cannot do. Improving the lives of people with communication and intellectual disabilities require that society embraces them and support them to maximise their potential. Being part of the mainstream is something most of us take for granted. We go to work, hospitals/clinics, use transport, go to the swimming pool or cinema. Inclusion means enabling people with communication and intellectual disabilities to do those ordinary things, make use of mainstream services, and be fully included in the local community. Persons with communication and intellectual disabilities do not need to be pitied: what they need are good quality services to enable them function as equal partners in society.