Autism Eastern Cape attended the launch of Nelson Mandela University’s Prof Nokhanyo Mdzanga’s Community of Practice for autism education at Pumeza Bono Inc in Central, Port Elizabeth on Saturday 4 May.

A small group of parents of non-verbal ASD children from Xhosa-speaking homes were invited to be part of this pilot project.

Just Like My Child autism outreach NGO head Pumeza Bono supported the autism education initiative by providing a venue for the meeting.

Bono and autism teacher and Umphanda Foundation founder Khosi Netnou Dick invited parents of children of school-going age to attend.

Prof Nokhanyo Madzanga and Autism Eastern Cape chairlady Joan Jorritsma
Prof Nokhanyo Madzanga and Autism Eastern Cape chairlady Joan Jorritsma

Autism Eastern Cape chair Joan Jorritsma and vice-chair Gillian McAinsh attended on behalf of the association and welcomed the initiative.

The shared goal is that the Community of Practice will develop into a project which will assist them by developing low cost “at home” tools to help educate their children, an area which Prof Mdzanga has noted is lacking in many state schools.

Prof Mdzanga, who is based in the Education Faculty of Nelson Mandela University, gave an overview of the community of practice for parents of autistic children.

She also presented activities which included “Who is my child?” and parents working in small groups to create picture collages about their children. The group will meet again on May 25.