The first Autistic School was formally established in Ikeja GRA, Lagos last friday and its is the first of its kind in Nigeria. Although there are some Special Schools for the deaf and Dumb and physically challenged including the Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo but this very one, Patrick Speech and Languages Centre (PSLC) is the first of its kind in the whole country.
The school is also a registered member of the National Autistic Society, UK. In her speech, Dotun Akande, the Proprietress of the Centre who also happens to be the daughter of the famous Ijebu Chief Engineer Fowora, stated that the reasons and objectives establishing the Centre amongst other things is to provide special education services for the mentally challenged, hearing and speech impaired children, assist children with intellectual disabilities become self-confident, to bring about awareness in the local community towards rehabilitation of intellectually disabled children among others.
The centre which started with just about 2 children in September 2006 now has 16 children enrolled in the centre. The Proprietress appealed to parents not deny any of their wards who is handicapped in any form the opportunity of coming to the Centre for the rehabilitation of their children among others.
Among those who have contributed to the upliftment of the Centre both financially or otherwise are Engr Mrs Fowora, Otunba and Mrs, Bimbo Ashiru, Seye Kehinde, Publisher of City People, Mr and Mrs Segun Awolowo and of course, GT Bank and many more. To know more about this centre, visit the website at www.pslcautism-ng.org