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Friday , 20 July 2018

GTBank Rallies Support for Children, Holds 8th Annual Autism Conference July 17-18

Foremost African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank plc, will hold the 8th edition of its Annual
Autism Conference on Tuesday, July 17 and Wednesday July 18, 2018 at the MUSON Centre,
Onikan, Lagos. Themed “Raising a Child with Autism, the Role of Family and the
Community” the two-day conference is part of the Bank’s Annual Autism Program, which brings
together globally renowned medical specialists, parents, caregivers, health practitioners and
concerned members of the public to share ideas on how to support children and adults living with
Autism.
According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 160 children live with Autism Spectrum Disorders
(ASD) worldwide. In Nigeria, the condition is hardly diagnosed, rarely understood and children with
ASD often suffer stigmatization. In response to these challenges, GTBank launched the Orange
Ribbon Initiative to support children and adults living with Autism and other developmental
disabilities. Through this initiative, the Bank has, over the last 7 years, offered more than 14,000
people training on how to manage ASD, provided free one-on-one consultation services to over
3,200 children and led a sustained campaign to tackle the stigma facing people living with Autism.
This year, the Bank’s Autism Programme will begin with the 2018 Autism Conference which is free
to attend and open to the general public. The conference will also be streamed live on
facebook.com/gtbank and people across all social media platforms can also join the conversation
by using the hashtag #BeAVoice. Following the Autism conference will be free one-on-one
consultations for children with Autism and other developmental challenges as well as counselling
of their parents and guardians. There will also be sessions for Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy,
Behaviour Analysis, Audiology, Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychiatry, Physiotherapy,
and Occupational Therapy. These sessions will hold from Thursday July 19 to Monday July 23,
2018 at Digital Village, Alausa, Lagos.
Commenting on the 8th.AnnualAutismAwarenessConference,
MrSegunAgbaje,theManaging
Director and Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said; “Like every other child,
children with Autism have big dreams and amazing talents to contribute to our society, but they
need all our support to rise above their present difficulties. As an institution that is passionate about
helping young people achieve their dreams, we will continue to lead initiatives and create
programmes that ensure that every child, regardless of their challenges, has all the support they
need to reach their full potential.
Guaranty Trust Bank plc is a Nigerian financial institutions 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 Art, Community Development and the Environment

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