ousa is just 5 years old. He is smart and loves going to school. His mom loves sending him to a school where the teachers and staff care about him and encourage him.
And that is important, because Mousa is also is showing signs of autism.
Children with autism in the West Bank have a lot of factors working against them.
First, there is a lack of resources, and access to comprehensive medical care, so many cases go undiagnosed. Additionally, families often suffer from stigmas and social isolation that occur from a lack of understanding by those in the community. Because of this, they are often reluctant to seek the help they need.
Right now, Mousa is a student in our KG2 class and we love having him in our program. We hope to keep him at Seeds of Hope when we open our 1st and 2nd grade next year. However, if we are unable to open, Mousa could have trouble finding a school to go to. More often than not, children with autism are either turned away from the schools, or have so much trouble fitting in that their parents choose to keep them out of school.