As part of the project, the capacities of teachers with children with autism in regular education are strengthened, in addition to the creation of accessible resources with pictograms. To raise awareness among communities, families and key actors, the Thinking in Colors campaign was developed, with Daniela as the image and voice.
Going to university was a challenge for Daniela. Not only because of the content or the evaluations, but also because of belonging to different groups.
“It was complicated, but I knew people who, even if they were not in my situation, were party people, fun, and cool. I also had teachers from whom I learned a lot. Teacher Mirita, Odalys, teacher Luis, Maritza Cobas… gave me knowledge, wisdom to better understand everything that exists in special education, as well as in general education. Above all, theory and practice always go hand in hand. “
Overcoming limitations, accepting goals and saying yes rather than saying NO as an easy answer are the characteristics that define Daniela. So we see him in front of his preschool group as a person full of affection. Or on social media promoting their cloth puppets. Or at a community fair that explains the wonders of crafts and their benefits for concentration and calmness.
In his work as a Psychopedagogue at the Dora Alonso School, he found a way to combine many interests and passions. As she learns about herself, she creates teaching materials for boys and girls with autism, guides their families and constantly improves herself.
“What I like most about my job is interact with children. Understanding what happens to them, what they want, what they want… Even if the little ones don’t speak, they express themselves in another way. I think you should always talk to them in a language they understand. With complete and understandable words, not all in diminutive…”
The most difficult thing, on the other hand, is proving that it regulates their behavior.
“That doesn’t happen overnight. Sorry. You can get it if you work with the child’s situation every day, according to their strengths and weaknesses,” he said.
Because of this, from his career he wanted to investigate interpersonal relationships of boys and girls with autism, so in his master’s thesis he included an educational strategy that can be used in early childhood.
Daniela’s story is one of power, freedom, support and many wings. However, he used every space to reinforce his message of optimism and inclusion. For this reason, it joins an inclusive education project carried out by the Central Institute of Pedagogical Sciences, with the support of UNICEF Cuba.