With over 12 years of experience working with children who have developmental difficulties, she has specialized her abilities and knowledge in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related diseases.
Beauty is an outspoken advocate and public speaker who talks from the heart.
Beauty serves on many boards as a director and advisory , and contributes to the capacity building of her community; for her, each child is important. Every youngster can find hope and assistance.
For the past 12 years, Heart Autism Center has been willing and ready to do more for parents and children.
In this interview with Women of Rubies, she shares her journey.
Tell us about your growing up
What inspired you to start BHAC?
BHAC was born out of passion. Passion has lead to commitment and consistency and it is my honest prayer that somehow, someday, I see the children who I cater to make visible positive progress and live an independent life.
You spent 2 years learning how to deal with people with ASD, what were some of the life lessons you learnt during this time?
I am still learning as I see new things and have new experiences with the children I cater to.
Kindly tell us more about your PortharcourtWalk4Autism initiative, an it’s impact since inception?
PortHarcourtwalkfor4Autism is a unique roadshow initiative that was birthed out of the very peculiar need of the region I reside. The awareness level of ASD is low and hence understanding and acceptance is almost zero when BHAC started. I saw myself explaining to people on a daily basis and personally advocating everyday and everywhere I went. I need us to reach a larger audience and so we started the road show PortHarcourtwalk4Autism and as the name says, we want Port Harcourt to hear about ASD, Understand it and that way, our children and families who have individuals with ASD will be accepted in the society without discrimination and stigmatization.
You’ve been running BHAC for 12 amazing years, How has the journey been so far ?
What are some of the challenges of your work?
We have and are also facing the challenges of FUNDING and also expectations from the families we serve.
Could you kindly tell us some of your other projects and activities.
We create awareness in the urban and rural areas, constant capacity building for our team members, research and daily interventions for individuals with ASD.
Kindly mention 3 women who inspire you to be better and why?
Awareness is growing but it’s more in the urban areas than in the rural areas. We need to think of ways to get this awareness to the rural areas and the sooner the better.
If you were to address parents with kids living with ASD, who are finding it hard navigating parenting, what would you tell them?
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