Guarantee Trust Bank, has once again reiterated its commitment to child development and growth in Nigeria with its annual Autism Programme.
The GTbank Autism Programme currently in its 5th year began with a 2-day conference at MUSON Centre, Onikan, on the 30th of June and 1st of July, 2015; which would be followed by a 7-day child assessment clinic from the 2nd – 10th July, 2015 as well as a Radio Talk Series in other to sensitise and educate more on the menace.
Speaking at the seminar, Mr. Segun Agbaje, Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc stated “we believe that children, irrespective of developmental disorders can rise to the highest levels in the pursuit of their dreams when given a chance to cultivate their innate skills and maximize their potentials.”
To combat the challenges posed by Autism, Gtbank has partnered with various stakeholders and practitioners, including The University of Lagos – College of Medicine, Blazing Trails International, Ministries of Health and Women Affairs to increase awareness about Autism in Nigeria.
Also speaking at the conference, Dr Anna Lamikanra, Executive Director, Blazing Trails International Center (BTIC) Autism Symposium Coordinator says, “We are in the world where Autism is unexplained but the good thing is the conference is bringing all together to help and proffer solution to the global menace. Together we can all support and put smiles on the faces of the disabilities. Help families cope with the emotional and physical challenges and allow communities to better serve and understand children and young adults with disabilities, as they attempt to communicate and lead normal Lives”
The conference featured different classes focusing on diverse areas of the management of Autism Spectrum Disorders. International Professionals such as Nutritionists, Psychologists, Educationists and Medical Practitioners will facilitate the various sessions during the 2-day seminar as well as the 7-days child assessment services. Members of the public can attend the seminar by registering at www.gtbank/autism.
Guaranty Trust Bank plc is one of the few Nigerian financial institutions that have maintained a defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy since its inception in 1990. The Bank actively supports numerous programmes across Africa that positively affects Infant and Maternal Healthcare, Education, the Art, Community Development and the Environment.
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