The annual GTBank Autism Programme commenced on Thursday 13th July, 2017. The Programme is aimed at enlightening parents, teachers, care givers and the general public about Autism Spectrum Disorder and how to live with [and accept] people living with autism.
So far, there has been a level of awareness for children living with Autism, so this year, the theme was carefully selected to shed more light on adults living with this special need too, thus the theme: Childhood to Adulthood: Communication and Social Development.
GTBank is committed to creating partnerships for sustainable development as well as adding value to its communities, and the Autism Awareness initiative is one of the Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibilities.
The first two days of the conference are scheduled to hold at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, 9:00 am – 05:00 pm daily with various speakers and experts educating the audience about autism.
One-on-one consultations will hold 10:00am – 05:00pm daily from Monday, 17th July to Friday, 22nd July 2017 at Digital Village, Secretariat Road (behind Ikeja City Mall), Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
This year’s event kicked off with a welcome speech by the Managing Director of GTBank, Segun Agbaje, followed by a number of teachings by various specialists and experts on autism.
Managing Director of GTBank, Segun Agbaje
The founder of Patrick Speech and Languages Center, Ikeja, Lagos, Mrs. Adedotun Akande, spoke about the journey so far and the benefits of the Annual programme to people living with Autism.
On how to care for people living with autism in Nigeria, one of the facilitators, Dr. Yewande Oshodi said, every child living with autism is unique and should be handled differently. She also highlighted the fact that this group of people requires special and extra care, which can only be received in special schools.
Asides the fact that people living with Autism are on different levels of the spectrum, they are also on different levels of disability – as some are deficient in areas where others are not.
Mrs. Adedotun Akande of Patricks School
Over the years, there has been significant growth in the awareness of Autism because more people have been enlightened through these programmes organized. They have become more aware and have probably learnt how to handle and cope with persons living with autism.
For more information, tips and materials on Autism, visit http://gtbank.com/autism.
Top officials of the event