Connects Autism Tanzania

Educational avenues for special needs youth and those with developmental disabilities existed nominally in Tanzania only a few years ago.  While “advanced societies” address autism and other developmental disabilities in their social and educational systems, the stigma associated with these conditions continues to prevent these individuals from taking their rightful place in Tanzanian society.

2010 - 2020
Educational Seminars & Forums:1422
Specialized Workshops:617
Community Advocacy Events/Marches:6600

In 2010 Autism Connects Tanzania (ACT) was created as an EdPowerment program to build a basis of support for families of children with autism and co-occurring conditions by providing education, resources, and advocacy.  Kerri Gilbert, a U.S. special needs educator and EdPowerment Board Member, worked closely with (Mama) Grace Lyimo to develop the organization, while sharing her expertise with Mama Grace and all stakeholders in the area of intellectual disabilities and special needs.

In 2015, ACT became an independent Tanzanian NGO, under a new name, Connects Autism Tanzania.  With EdPowerment continuing as its primary funder, CA Tanzania charted its own course, advocating across educational, business and social service sectors for recognition of and services for those with special needs, particularly young adults.


As of 2021Connects Autism Tanzania operates independently of EdPowerment. CA Tanzania and its Director, Grace Lyimo, continue to be leaders for special needs advocacy in Northern Tanzania, pushing for  inclusion in the Tanzanian educational system and society. For more information on CAT today, visit their website: //