Rehabilitation Services for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Nigeria

Oluseyi Akintunde Dada, PhD


Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can remain dependent for a life time if not well catered for, through appropriate and adequate intervention. Therefore, the provision of special needs education and rehabilitation services are critical means of ensuring effective turnaround of people with ASD for an independent life. Meanwhile, the issues of catering for persons with ASD are just evolving in Africa, if compared to other forms of disabilities. A lot of efforts are directed towards helping and supporting people with other forms of disabilities for self-reliance but not so much for persons with ASD locally. It is against this background that this paper was written to bring to the fore various strategies and services for meeting the special needs and rehabilitation services of persons with ASD. It was thereafter recommended that adequate provision should be made at the various rehabilitation centres and staff should be trained on the better ways of service delivery to persons with ASD in Nigeria.

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