Taking care of children with disabilities can be extremely challenging, which often leads to mental health conditions such as depression, panic attacks, and stress, as well as emotional and physical strain.
Ideally, the state through the Ministry of Social Protection should have a support system for parents with such children, including establishing community daycare centers where parents could send their children while they go to work.
The absence of such a system in the country has worsened the plight of parents of children with disabilities. Most of those parents, especially mothers are compelled to quit their jobs to provide care for their children.
To help provide a solution to this challenge, Klicks Africa Foundation, an advocacy organisation for children with Autism and other intellectual disabilities has started the process to build Respite Centers in the country.
The centers will provide a temporary abode for children with disabilities to enable their parents to take some time off to de-stress or to work.
The facilities will be well resourced to provide a week, a month or even a term (three months) long services.
It is also expected to be able to continue to care for the inmates in the event of the demise of parents.
The Founder of Klicks Africa Foundation, Mrs. Mary Amoah Kuffour who disclosed this in an interview with DisabilityNewsGH also revealed that the first center will be built at Aburi in the Eastern Region; and is expected to start early this year.
Klicks Africa Foundation is a parent initiative that seeks to support parents, care givers and teachers, with training in learning the necessary skills needed to face the challenges of raising their children with Autism.
Klicks Africa runs an intensive Vocational Training and Resource Center for youths with special needs, to impact them with Self-help skills, guidance in building up their social skills as well as emotional support to them and their families.
It also produces teaching and learning materials from locally available resources to support inclusive education.
It aims to strengthen families and influence communities, by creating an inclusive environment for adults with Autism and other Intellectual disabilities.