Photo: Chama Bendaoud, 13, and her paraprofessional checking her math homework. Photo by Stella Shi.As Moroccan government enforces new policy on education for autistic children, families are still struggling to access basic rights.
By Stella Shi
Last updated December 2019
RABAT, Morocco — Aya Hajarabi’s curly hair is tied up in a bun with loose ends over her face. As her mother is talking to the psychiatrist, Aya observes them intently and repeatedly taps on her mom’s shoulder. Then she shouts the only word she knows: “Mama!” she screams in a piercing tone, hoping for attention.