The Lighthouse, Inc Committee is excited to host our Back to School Event on Saturday, August 13, 2022, from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., at the Lighthouse Field along East Erie Avenue across from St. Christopher’s Hospital. The Lighthouse is considered the oldest nonprofit organization to exist in the city of Philadelphia. With a rich history in human services, the Lighthouse specializes in early childhood education, youth sports and recreation programs and community engagement and violence prevention initiatives. Located in the heart of the opioid epidemic, the lighthouse is considered a “beacon of hope” to its community and safe haven to all who call North Philadelphia home. One of the big draws to this event is the access to the valuable information provided to students, families, and community members from many providers and organizations in the community. In addition, there will be food, live music, raffles, and school supplies. The Children's Crisis Treatment Center (CCTC) will be present at this event sharing information regarding the mental health services provided to children and their families. CCTC will also host child behavioral health screenings for those families who are interested in completing them as this would help determine if children require further evaluation for further services. In addition to information provided CCTC will have some giveaways for children and families.
Growing up in Nigeria, a sub- Sahara Africa country, I grew up with different myths and ideas of what a disability is and how people with disabilities should be treated. I knew they should not be isolated, segregated and not allowed to participate in normal life events. Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, live a traumatic life because Nigerian society does not believe in intellectual disabilities that do not manifest physically, such a person who lives with Down syndrome or cerebral palsy. Parents face stigma on an everyday basis if their child/children are living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The fear of what the future holds for their children in terms of obtaining adequate health care, education, employable skills and being accepted in the society is always a constant thought for parents. The above coupled with a lack of awareness, stigmatization and discrimination gave birth to my NGO- “The Autism Awareness Place” found at www.taap-ng.org. Here we create awareness and advocate about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our goal is to create an inclusive world for children living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in Lagos, Nigeria. The following are some of the ways we will continue to meet our goal: parental meet up and counseling, starting an inclusion first aide club in school and calling on teens to become advocate for an [...]
You may be aware that over 60 percent of women and girls in Third World and developing nations do not have access to feminine hygiene products, but did you know that it's also an issue here in the U.S.? Women and girls who live below the federal poverty line often cannot afford sanitary pads and tampons, sometimes causing them to stay home from school for a few days each month.