GTCO announces dates for 2024 autism programme in Nigeria, Ghana

Segun Agbaje

Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO) has announced dates for the 2024 GTCO autism programme and follow-up consultations.

This year’s programme is themed “A Spectrum of Possibilities” to promote inclusivity, self-advocacy, and empowerment for persons on the Autism Spectrum.

The themealigns with the company’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and its goal of creating a society where everyone can thrive and reach their full potential, regardless of their background or abilities. The theme acknowledges and celebrates this diversity, recognising that each person living with autism has their own unique strengths, challenges, and potential.

The GTCO autism programme, a flagship project under the Orange Ribbon Initiative, has established itself as a beacon of hope and a reference point for autism advocacy and intervention in Africa. Over the years, the programme has made significant impact, providing support and empowerment to thousands of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. In collaboration with specialists and partner organisations from Nigeria and outside Nigeria, the programme will feature lectures, panel discussions, and performances carefully prepared to showcase the diverse talents that exist in the autism community.

The programme will also create a platform where families and guardians can connect with experts and share experiences and insights. This interactive platform will facilitate meaningful discussions and knowledge sharing on various aspects of autism.

In Nigeria, the programme will be held on July 15 and 16 at the Muson Centre, Lagos, while the free one-on-one clinic consultations will open from July 16 to 20 at the Chapel of Light, Alausa, Ikeja. Meanwhile, in Ghana, the activities will begin with a workshop on July 23 at the University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana, and consultations will last from July 23 to 27 at the same venue.

Commenting on the 2024 GTCO autism programme, group chief executive officer of GTCO, Segun Agbaje, stated: “Everyone has something special to offer, and we want to help individuals with autism succeed and lead healthy, supportive lives. By embracing autism as a strength, and not a weakness, we can help individuals with ASD find their passion, develop skills, and make meaningful impact in society.”

He added: “We are learning more about autism every day, and we are dedicated to using that knowledge to make a positive difference. We believe that everyone deserves to live a fulfilling life, and we are committed to making that possible; by working together, we can build a society that values diversity, promotes inclusion, and empowers everyone to thrive.”

For more information on the GTCO autism programme and free consultations, click here.