Discourse on HIV/AIDS in Cape Town

Kattie Whitelaw '14 (L) and Lauren Barbera '15 (R) making a new friend in Langa Township.

Discourse on HIV/AIDS in Cape Town, South Africa in Regards to Apartheid Memory and Reconciliation by Katie Whitelaw and Lauren Barbera   Introduction Our HIV/AIDS project changed dramatically throughout performing our field research in Cape Town, South Africa. We initially thought that this complex problem was actually a simple lack of education. After all, why […]

Post-Apartheid Identity in Cape Town Townships

Kevin Silverman '15 BA in Sociology and Charlie Kern '15 BBA in Finance w/Accounting

Post-Apartheid Identity in Cape Town Townships by Charlie Kern and Kevin Silverman During South Africa’s Apartheid regime, black and colored people faced oppression of all forms.  Under the Group Areas Act of 1950, two years after Apartheid began, and under the Urban Areas Act of 1923 many nonwhites were forced out of their communities, leading […]

Creating independence for autistic children: the link between family involvement and support organizations in the effectiveness of educational programs

Una aula típica de Autismo Cádiz. Todo está etiquetada con pictogramas.

Creating independence for autistic children: the link between family involvement and support organizations in the effectiveness of educational programs

by Maren Leibowitz

Autism describes a spectrum developmental disorder, characterized by difficulties in verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction. Raising a child with autism can be stressful and trying for a family. Education programs intended to address some of these developmental issues were developed only in the past few decades, with scientific research improving educational techniques in the past 15-20 years. As technology advances, the use of touch-screen computers and other handheld devices have benefited autistic education immensely. The education of autistic children in Spain, and more specifically the province of Cádiz, lies in the hands of organizations such as Autismo Cádiz, a both privately and publicly funded institution focused on increasing the independence of people with autism as well as providing much needed support to their families. In light of Spain’s current economic crisis, the role of these organizations in autism education has become even more important as government funding to special education programs in schools dropped. The effectiveness of Autismo Cádiz’s education program comes from its emphasis on familial participation in creating a personalized approach for each child. The goal is to find some independence for these children and form a strong base in the hope that it translates to a good quality of life as they grow older. Autismo Cádiz is a fine example of the types of resources available to families in Spain.