By Adedapo Adesanya
The stage is set for a two-day discourse put together by Africa’s foremost bank, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. It is the ninth edition of the Annual Autism Conference, which will have some of the world’s leading experts in autism speaking on supporting children and adult living with Autism in Africa.
This year’s event is part of the GTBank’s Orange Ribbon Initiative and is scheduled for the 30th and 31st of July 2019 at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.
Themed, “Autism: Transitions, Vocational skills and The Role of Technology,” the Annual Autism Conference will bring to the forefront the challenges facing children living with Autism as they grow into adulthood.
The conference will feature presentations and keynote addresses on how to empower children and adults living with Autism to reach their full potential and it will be led by Dr. Loretta Burns, a leading expert in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders and the founder of ABE International Clinic.
Others include Dr. Tisa Hooper-Johnson, the Medical Director of the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD), USA; Janette Washington, a speech-language pathologist with nearly a decade of experience working with children living with autism and other special needs; and Ivie Emokpae, a qualified special needs coordinator from the Institute of Education London.
Following the Autism conference will be free one-on-one consultations for children with Autism and other developmental challenges, as well as counselling for parents and guardians. There will also be sessions for Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Behaviour Analysis, Audiology, Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychiatry, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy and will hold from Thursday August 1st to Tuesday August 6th, 2019 at Digital Village, Alausa, Lagos.
Commenting on the 9th Annual Autism Awareness Conference, the Chief Executive Officer of GTBank Plc, Mr Segun Agbaje, said; “Children and adults living with autism often lack the support and vocational training that they need to develop critical life skills for leading independent and productive lives.
“As an organization that is passionate about uplifting the most vulnerable in our society, we will continue to empower people living with autism with all the support and resources that they need to reach their full potential.”
GTBank Plc is a Nigerian financial institution that has maintained a defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy since its inception in 1990. The Bank actively supports numerous programmes across Africa that positively affect Infant and Maternal Healthcare, Education, the Arts, Community Development and the Environment.
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