ADAT Foundation was established in 2016 with the aim of providing parents and caretakers of children and persons with disabilities with self-advocacy training; increase access to opportunities for persons with disabilities and to create an avenue through which children with disabilities can have future careers and sources of income. Inspired by and named after an autistic Kenyan Young man, ADAT Foundation works to ensure the CRPD’s definition of disability and human rights is honored.
In essence, the ultimate goal of ADAT Foundation is to create communities where the rights of the person with disability to “an independent and self-determined life, equal rights to a family, the right of employment and the right to an adequate living standard and social protection, equal access to education, equal participation rights in societal and cultural life as well as protection from violence, exploitation and abuse”, are honored.
We recognize that children with disabilities become adults with disabilities and are committed to working with partners to ensure access to education from kindergarten to the highest level an individual can achieve while building families and community in support of the individual with disability.
The Condition. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that is caused by differences in how the brain functions. People with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in different ways. Signs of ASD begin during early childhood and usually last throughout a person’s life . Autism is present from birth and has an effect on how an individual learns. It is usually diagnosed by 3 years of age and continues through adulthood. Individuals with autism often have difficulty with communication skills, social skills, and reasoning.
``Autism is not a disability. It is a different ability.`` Stuart Duncan