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PureSouls Learning Foundation presents ‘Demystifying Autism’ – an Animated Documentary to create Awareness about Autism in Africa



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In many parts of the world including some underdeveloped and developing societies, there seems to be an increasing concern and outcry over the rise in cases of autism spectrum disorders. In most of these societies, ignorance about autism leads to the maltreatment and sometimes death of children and adults with autism.

The only way an ignorant person can be informed is through awareness. Dotun Akande a specialist in the area of autism has taken on the responsibility of creating content and spreading the awareness about autism both in Nigeria and Africa as a whole, through the media, films, documentaries and now animation.

Using the platform of her NGO ‘Pure Souls Learning Foundation‘ and support from Patrick Speech and Language Centre, she has recently produced an animated autism educational documentary titled Demystifying Autism.

Demystifying Autism is a 7-minute 3D animated documentary, which highlights the signs to look out for regarding autism, it educates people on the dangers that can occur when a child with autism isn’t cared for, and it also points people in the direction of getting “help”.

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The purpose for producing Demystifying Autism is to be able to reach a wider audience of young and old people, especially the young ones who enjoy watching cartoons. It is easier to educate children about autism through this animated piece. When children watch the video, they’ll in turn be able to relate better with children with autism and include them in regular activities especially in the school or in the community.

This video is also intended to teach kindness, which is slowly ebbing away from our society, to children and young adults so the understand that different does not mean bad.

The Executive producer and Co-writer of Demystifying autism is Dotun Akande, also co-written, directed and produced by Grace Edwin-Okon and animated by John Oranyeli.

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  1. Best of Naija

    October 6, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Thumbs up for these ladies who are doing a fantastic job of enlightening us about Autism. Little wonder this same work has earned an AFRIFF (Africa International Film Festival) 2015 nomination in the Best Animation category. I pray it deservedly wins! More grease to your elbows ladies. May God bless your efforts.

  2. ATL's finest

    October 6, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    I LOVE it & what a great awareness

  3. dubai mum

    October 6, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    God bless you!

  4. Tincan

    October 6, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you Dotun Akande. Great work. I am definitely better I formed for watching this vid…

  5. Fabulous B

    October 7, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Wow! Fabulous work. More grease to your elbow. Learnt something. Information is key.

  6. Gbenro

    October 8, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Very good job ladies, great to see animation coming up in Nigeria an creating awareness on this important subject. It’s laudable. Keep it up. Government and big corporations should be more interested in supporting these kind of filmmakers.

  7. Dotun Akande

    October 9, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    We are grateful for all the comments. We are inspired to do more in this field. Please feel free to contact us if you want to know more about Autism

  8. audu giya

    October 9, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Really nice piece of info for those that don’t know Jack about autistic kids. This should be aird on T.V for all to see.

  9. Michael

    October 9, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Nice one. Keep it up

  10. Aproko

    October 19, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Dotun Akande and Grace Edwin-Okon thumbs up to you both for all you do in creating awareness for children with autism, women like you should be empowered and celebrated by the government for these your acts of love and selflessness, this is the second video about autism that I have seem from you welldone and God bless. The animator did a good job too keep it up

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