My local newspaper here in Keene, NH USA, The Keene Sentinel, ran a story about a woman originally from New Hampshire (now living in New York City) who has worked hard to bring Autism awareness and some help to the Third World, including Ghana. I can't provide a link to the article since it will "fall behind a pay wall" in a few days, but you can check out Molly Ola Pinney's website for The Global Autism Project. I've been wondering what's been up in non-Western countries, especially economically strapped ones, given that it's not easy to access state-of-the-art services even in the U.S. A few years ago I asked serval political activists from several African countries (I'll have to pull out the recordings some day) at a Keene State College sponsored conference on Genocide, about individuals with developmental disabilities....What happens to them, I asked, somewhat naively. The question obviously surprised and upset them. "Why do you ask such a question?" and "They just die" were among the responses.
We tend to be somewhat "Western-centric" in this and many other fields. All the more reason to check out what Ms. Pinney is up to.