The need for diapers
For most families diapers are something you need for children until you can potty train them between 18 months and three years of age. Children with neurodiverse conditions need diapers for much longer and may not be toilet-trained even in their teenage years.
For a single mother with a special needs child, as most special needs mothers unfortunately are, it is practically impossible to work full time. For those who struggle to even feed their children, diapers are a longed-for and seeming luxury. However, without a suitable diaper it is very difficult for these parents to even take a child to a doctor or to a hospital or to do simple things like go shopping, let alone go to work. This is why they are so important to this community. We are raising funds for diapers now.
Throughout Africa parents of children born with neurodiverse conditions suffer from cultural and social stigma. As a result their children also suffer from lack of respect and opportunity in society. All too often mothers are deserted and left to take care of their special children alone. The Peter James Association was created to provide information and practical support to these special families.
The Peter James Association also provides encouragement and support for children and mothers of children with disabilities that include: Autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, epilepsy, dyslexia and dyspraxia.
Our goal is to embrace neurodiverse children as part of the mainstream. And that means recognizing their special needs and providing support so they can fully participate as members of the community.