The two-day conference of GT Bank Orange Ribbon initiative, Autism Programme-Bridging GAPS and Transforming Lives held at MUSON CENTER on 30th of June and 1st July 2015. “The best therapy for any human is friendship, love and care”- Cathy Echeozo, Deputy Managing Director, GTBank.
The orange Ribbon initiative is an advocacy programme designed to support children with developmental disabilities, most especially the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) .It seeks to ensure that these children are not stigmatized and that they receive the required support from Parents, Teachers, Friends and government and the society.
The 2015 conference gave Opportunities to parents, teachers and Medical personnel to learn and discuss important areas in management of Autism such as Nutrition, Social Support, Assessment and psychology, Modification, Education and one on one with the Speakers and consultants as well as well as the 7-days child assessment services from 2nd-10th July 2015 at the Sickle-Cell Center, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba.
In as much as treatment of Autism can be very complicated and expensive, learning new techniques and other truths however, can help families and the communities cope with the emotional and physical challenges for ASD children to leave normal lives.
Every child deserves to live, be loved and understood. Sensitization and awareness is not a one-man business but seeks to achieve a common goal. Give hope where there is hopelessness, reduce stigma associated with ASD and related disorders and help fast track in government policies that will suit these special children and adults in Nigeria knowing fully well the country is on the increasing rate of this global menace.
The Orange Ribbon Initiative is a CSR initiative by Guaranty Trust Bank that serves as an advocacy program designed to support children with developmental disabilities, most especially the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) .It seeks to ensure that these children are not stigmatized and receive the required support from parents, teachers, friends and government and the society at large. dr
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