US Agency Partners Ogun On Autism, Others

0711amosunA United States of America based Non-Governmental Organization, International Training Centre for Applied Behaviour Analysis is to partner with the Ogun State Government on manpower training and development for Teachers, Instructors and Social workers of the Juvenile Institutions in the State.
Programme Director of the Centre which has its headquarters in New Jersey, Mrs Abosede Asikhia made this known in Abeokuta after holding a meeting with the management staff of the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, led by the Commissioner, Mrs. Elizabeth Sonubi.
Mrs Asikhia said the partnership programme would go a long way in improving the knowledge and technical know-how of the beneficiaries and ultimately, enhance government’s effort on the care of the people, particularly children living with autism and other developmental disabilities.
“Autism disorder is a serious childhood ailment, it impairs the ability of victims to develop appropriate speech communication, Behaviour and other social interaction skills in life it is fast becoming one of the most under-spread childhood epidemic recorded in history, however, therapeutic and educational intervention is now available and currently, it is the best hope of treatment for persons affected worldwide.”
“I saw a huge need for manpower development because I have seen that the people on ground are willing to do the job but have no basic knowledge. Therefore, we train teachers, social workers and other relevant personnel in the lives of people with developmental disabilities on how best to support children with those skills they don’t have and also to enable them have fulfilment in life”.
Asikhia also lauded the state government for establishing children homes and providing needed facilities to cater for the immediate needs of inhabitants and special people across the state, adding that the gesture would give them a sense of belonging..
Responding, Sonubi, thanked the organization for the gesture, noting that the present administration in the state attaches great importance to the development, survival and protection of all citizens.
She promised that her ministry would continue to partner with international agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations and other related agencies in providing qualitative services for care givers for positive impact on the affected children.