South Africans' hearts break as boy, 11, with autism schools himself

South Africans' hearts break as boy, 11, with autism schools himself

An 11-year-old boy, who suffers from autism, struck a chord with South Africans after his story was shared on social media.

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Last week, a heartbreaking photo was shared on Facebook by a woman, Dawn Harrison, which showed an eager young man trying to learn.

Harrison shared the story of Siboniso, an 11-year-old boy with autism, who sends himself to school each day.

Dressed in full school uniform, Siboniso would take his backpack full of books and sit under a tree.

Harrison explained how frustrating the situation is because several factors stood in the way of the young man getting a proper education from a special needs school.

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"This is Siboniso. He is 11 years old and suffers from autisim. He sends himself to school every day and sits under this tree with a suitcase packed with books, in a school uniform and brightly polished black school shoes," Harrison wrote.
She added: "He is a special needs child and I have been trying for two years to enroll him into a special needs school it is impossible due to transportation issues as the child cannot catch taxi's on his own he needs supervision OR the institutions in and around Shongweni's fees are beyond my reach. I am deeply disgusted at the non-chalant attitude of those in power who refuse to assist this child."

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