GTCO Commences 13th Annual Autism Conference Next Week Monday

L-R: Unoaku Sheidu, Corporate Communications, GTCO Plc; Osezusi Bolodeoku, Behavioral Analyst and Founder, FOS ABA Centre & Creative Hub; Remi Olutimayin, Autism Advocate, Writer & Producer; Oyinade Adegite, Chief Communication Officer, GTCO Plc; Solape Azazi, Founder, Cradle Lounge Special Needs Initiative and Tolulope Onipede, Head, Corporate Communications GTBank during the Media Briefing on the 13th Edition of the GTCO Annual Autism Conference held yesterday in Lagos.

As part of its effort to support children living with autism, Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO) has announced plans for its 2023 GTCO Autism Conference and follow-up consultations to empower voices for autism.

The two-day conference themed “Empowering Voices for Autism” aims to promote inclusivity and self-advocacy for persons on the Autism Spectrum. The event is scheduled to hold on July 24th – 25th at the Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos.

An offshoot of the Orange Ribbon Initiative, the GTCO Autism Conference has grown to become a reference point for autism advocacy and intervention in Africa, providing support and empowerment to thousands of people with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Speaking on the 2023 GTCO Autism Conference, Mr. Segun Agbaje, Group Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, said “Society thrives when diverse individuals with their distinctive voices, perspectives, and cultures are welcomed and celebrated. It is therefore important that persons on the ASD spectrum are given the chance to succeed and empowered to experience life to its fullest.”

He added, “We are excited about the evolving insights on the management of autism and remain committed to ensuring that more and more persons with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are able to find their voice and embrace their uniqueness whilst contributing meaningfully to society.”

According to the organisers, the programme will include specialists and partner organisations within and outside Nigeria, the conference will feature lectures, panel discussions, and performances carefully prepared to showcase the diverse talents that exist in the autism community whilst also creating a platform for persons with ASD and their families to connect and share ideas with subject-matter experts on different aspects of autism spectrum disorder including its nature and management.  

For Nigeria, the conference will hold on the 24th and 25th of July at the Muson Centre, Lagos, whilst the free one-on-one clinic will open from July 26th to 29th, at the Chapel of Light, Alausa, Ikeja. For Ghana, the activities will begin with a workshop on the 1st of August at the University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana, and consultations will last from August 2nd to 5th at the same venue.

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