Autism South Africa will receive two more year's support from leading baby and toy products retailer, Toys R Us. The funding will go towards the organisation's education outreach programmes in the provinces.
Toys R Us South Africa Director Issy Zimmerman said the work Autism South Africa is doing in assisting parents with differently abled autistic children was remarkable. "The welfare of all children is at the heart of what we do and we hope through Autism South Africa, we will be able to bring more smiles to the children with autism in our country."
Autism South Africa national director, Jill Stacey expressed her appreciation to the company for undertaking another two-year funding partnership with the organisation that will help to reach more parents and help them with their child with autism, a condition that remains unknown by many.
"We are extremely grateful for their generous renewed support for the ever increasing number of children with autism in South Africa. International statistics imply that every hour a child with autism is being born in South Africa, therefore this vital funding will have a far-reaching and extremely beneficial effect on the lives and thus prognosis of literally hundreds of autistic children in our country."
According to Autism SA, autism is considered to affect one in 110 children. A lifelong, complex condition that occurs because of disordered brain growth, structure and development, it is believed to stem from a genetic predisposition, triggered by environmental factors and affects 4-5 times more boys than girls.