The previous annual Autism awareness has always been in form of rallies, but this year’s Autism awareness took another dimension. Four organizations – Patrick Speech and Languages Centre, TLP Centre, Children Development Centre, and Autism Parents Association International – collaborated together to dance for autism to create awareness tagged: DANCE-A –THON WITH AUTISM.
The program was held on April 8, 2017, by 7am, at Freedom Park, Marina. The program started with a prayer by Mrs.Dotun Akande, after which she introduced the organisers to the audience one after the other.
An opening speech was delivered by Babs Akinyeye, a representative of Dr. Mrs. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, Deputy Governor of Lagos State. She said the event was a good program for mobilization of support for the dignity, rights and well-being of these special persons. She added that we need to increase awareness of the gains to be derived from integration of these special people in every aspect of life, while discouraging all forms of discrimination against them.
The second speech was given by Mrs.Salaudeen Taibat Abiola, a representative of the Commissioner of Health Lagos state, who commended our past Autism awareness programs, and encouraged us to continue the good work.
At our booth, T-shirts with the dance logo were sold and there was a display of crafts made by our children.
It was a good way to celebrate Autism Awareness Month with parents and siblings, therapists, family and friends, caregivers, and nongovernmental organizations.
A total number of 47 people registered with us.