April is the World Autism Awareness Month.
On Friday, 20 April 2018, One Voice Initiative For Women and Children Emancipation (OVIWCE) in partnership with the Autism Awareness Initiative, University of Ibadan organized the maiden edition of the AUTISM AWARENESS WALK in commemoration of the AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH 2018.
The first edition of the AUTISM AWARENESS WALK held at Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
The Autism Awareness Initiative, University of Ibadan was founded by 2 Undergraduate Students, Miss. LordsFavour Deborah and Ebun from the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Education respectively.
The AUTISM AWARENESS WALK was aimed at creating awareness and sensitizing Men, Women, Children and Youths on the need for inclusiveness, acceptance and understanding of people living with Autism.
Present at the Walk were Volunteers, Students from the University of Ibadan, The Oyo State Government duly represented by Mr Babajide Fadoju, the Special Adviser to the Oyo State Governor on Digital Media & Communications, and Mr Kolajo of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
Autism, or Autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.
The Walk ended with visitation to Oluyole Cheshire Home for Disability, Sango/Poly Road, Ibadan, Oyo State. Volunteers spent time painting the faces of people living with disability with the day ending with a mini-seminar, entertainment and photograph session.
Autistic Children from Dr. Mrs Yinka Akindayomi’s Children’s Developmental Centre, Lagos were guests at the Seminar. The Centre was represented with a speech by Mr Segun, one of the Caregivers at the Centre.