The Orange Ribbon Initiative is an advocacy program designed to support children with developmental disabilities, most especially the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). It seeks to ensure that these children are not stigmatized and that they receive the required support from parents, teachers, friends, government and the society.
In 2007, the Bank started a partnership with Zamarr Institute for Autism and Patrick Speech and Languages Special Education centre to promote Autism awareness through several publicity campaigns including the production of the first Factbook on Autism in collaboration with the National Society for Autism in Nigeria.
In 2011, we partnered with Blazing Trails International Center Lewisville, Texas, USA to deliver consultation service and seminar to caregivers, parents, therapists and children living with the autism spectrum disorder.
We continually built on our involvement in this area and in 2012, a Seminar on the awareness, management and care for autism spectrum disorder was held. The seminar was well attended and also streamed for viewing in Nigeria, Ukraine, Kenya, U.S.A, Sierra Leone, Malaysia, Ghana, Greece and Iraq.
One-on-one consultation program for wards was held, it was an opportunity for parents and caregivers to bring their kids to see consultants and get the needed help.
We also had a radio show “Lets talk Autism” on four Nigerian radio stations in Nigeria, to enlighten the general public on caring for children with Autism.
In 2013, the autism program was held between 2nd and 9th April. Autism Spectrum Disorders professionals from the United States and the College of Medicine, University of Lagos were available for a 5 day period (2nd – 6th April) to give one-on-one consultation to children living with Autism. A total of 70 children benefitted from this service.
A 2-day seminar (8th – 9th April) was held at MUSON, to teach and discuss focal and topical areas in the management of autism and demonstrate time tested techniques in areas such as Behaviour Modification, Education, Nutrition, Social support, Assessment and Psychology which were thoroughly discussed in general plenary and break-out sessions. It was highly attended by about 1,200 participants each day.
A radio talk series “Let’s talk Autism” was aired for radio audience and an online certificate programme in collaboration with the University of Texas, Arlington started on 16th April. The course will run till 3rd September 2013.
2014 Orange Ribbon Program
This year’s 2014 Annual Autism in collaboration with Blazing Trails International Texas USA and the College of Medicine will have series of training and teaching sessions for parents, teachers, therapists, medical practitioners, care givers and government officals.
The 2014 Autism program Theme is “On the Way to Future Inclusion”, starts with consultation for children from the 24th – 28th March by 10am daily at College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi Araba.
The 2day seminar (31st March – 1st April) will hold at Muscon Centre, Onikan by 8am daily.
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Download the 2014 event brochure.
2015 Orange Ribbon Program
There is no single answer or one-size fits all treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. Learning new techniques and other truths however, can help families cope with the emotional and physical challenges and allow communities to better understand and serve children and young adults with disabilities their attempts to communicate and to lead a normal life.
This year’s 2015 Annual Autism is in collaboration with Blazing Trails International Texas USA and the College of Medicine where we would have series of training and teaching sessions for parents, teachers, therapists, medical practitioners, care givers and government officals.
The 2015 Autism program Theme is “Bridging Gaps & Transforming Lives”, starts with a 2day conference from the 30th June – 1st July by 9am daily at Muscon Centre, Onikan, Lagos.
Areas of Discussion include:
- Five Year Review: What we have learned and what needs to be DoneSchool and Community:Helping Individuals with Special Needs Participate in the Political Process
- Social Justice, Education Quality and Access to Technology
- Autism and Trauma: The Need for Good Diagnstics and core in the Design of Treatment.
- Behavourial Training and Management: Elopment and Wandering Prevention.
- Teaching non-verbal children Functional Communication
Early Diagnosis and Intervention of childhood development may lead to better long term functional outcomes. The One-on-One Consultation/Child Assessment will take place on the 2nd -10th July, 2015 at Sickle Cell Centre, opposite LUTH, Idi- Araba by 10am daily.