The winners of Tigo Ghana’s 2014 Digital Change-makers competition, Alice Amoako and Solomon Avemegah have been awarded by the Autism Society of West Africa (ASWA) for their outstanding support to autism awareness creation in Ghana.
They were awarded at a three-day conference on Autism and Technology organized by ASWA, at the British Council in Accra which had participants from Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Benin and other West African nations.
The duo launched the Autism Aid app – the first of its kind in Ghana in April to help to create awareness, support communication among persons living with autism and assist parents and caregivers.
“You make us proud every time we gather to discuss autism awareness in Ghana. We look forward to seeing more innovation from your team,” said the Director for ASWA, Casey McFeely.
At the conference, the autism app innovators outlined the various means through which technology can be used to improve issues relating to autism in West Africa and gave a recap of the 2016 World Autism Day celebration in Ghana dubbed “Walk for a cause”.
There they showcased how the app’s argumentative and alternative communication tools can be used to improve the life of a child living with autism. They also indicated that good record-keeping could help keep track of an autistic child’s behaviour, treatment, therapies and education experiences.
Samuel Boadi, a former President of the Student Representative Council (SRC) of the Ghana Technology University College, highlighted the importance of social media in spreading awareness on autism and commended Tigo Ghana for supporting the two innovators to develop the app.
The autism app innovators reiterated their commitment to work effortlessly to draw the needed attention to autism.
The conference which was held under the theme: “Celebrating Neurodiversity in West Africa” is an annual programme organised by ASWA. The 2016 edition marked the 3rd in a series in Ghana.