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May 23, 2014 | Africa: Swaziland

Swaziland Raises Awareness of Autism and Special Olympics

By Mr Wandile Fakudze

Special Olympics Swaziland celebrated World Autism Day to raise awareness about children and people with autism and encourage them to get involved with Special Olympics. A Unified® Celebrity soccer match in which local celebrities, ambassadors, Special Olympics athletes and Board members participated was a highlight of the day. World Autism Day is celebrated every year on the 2nd of April. This day is in support of those with this complex developmental disability. Autism is the result of a neurological disorder that has an effect on normal brain function, affecting the development of the person’s communication and social skills. This is the seventh year that Special Olympics Swaziland has recognized World Autism Day at the St. Joseph High School in the Manzini region. Ms. Cebesile Nxumalo, Director of Special Education and guest of honor, highlighted how this day is a chance to share knowledge with the world on how to help enlighten everyone about autism. The day helped raise awareness and support for those affected. Ms. Nxumalo promised to work closely with the Ministry of Health in helping to identify children and people affected with autism and to encourage them to get involved with Special Olympics Swaziland. The event received coverage in the national newspaper in both the sports and news section.A proud moment for Thabile Seyama, a Special Olympics Swaziland athlete, was the opportunity to show her medals from all of the competitions she has participated in regionally, nationally and internationally. This was truly a successful event for Special Olympics Swaziland, Everyone gained invaluable knowledge and enjoyed watching the Unified® Celebrity Soccer Match.

About Mr Wandile Fakudze: I work for Special Olympics Swaziland as the National Director
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