The Orange Ribbon Initiative – by Tracey Wasai
A Guaranty Trust Bank Program
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong developmental disability that affects the way a person communicates, relates with people around them and manages everyday social interaction. Statistics suggest that approximately 67 million people worldwide are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Of that 67 million, more than 1.2 million Nigerian children are thought to be living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), a staunch supporter for autism awareness, sponsored a two day seminar on ASD, under the auspices of the Orange Ribbon initiative for children with special needs. GTB Executive Director, Titi Osuntoki, says the program is the culmination of years of working tirelessly towards promoting the cause of relatively neglected children, living with developmental disabilities.
The prevailing lack of societal awareness about these disorders in Nigeria and non-existence of training facilities for affected children influenced GTB to become an advocate for children living with developmental disabilities in 2006. Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, commended the GTB initiative and reiterated the Lagos State government’s support and collaborative initiative for the affected children.
Blazing Trails International Center worked with GTB to develop the seminar and participated as the facilitator at the two-day program.
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