As part of its continued effort in addressing the neglect and stigmatization of children living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Nigeria, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank) has created a short film titled “A Mother Knows” – in honour of World Autism Awareness Day.
The film tells the story of a young boy growing up with autism and the impact of the condition on his family as they raise him. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in 160 children lives with ASD worldwide. However, in Nigeria, the condition is hardly diagnosed, rarely understood and children with the condition often suffer neglect and stigmatization.
To address these challenges, GTBank launched the Orange Ribbon Initiative to support children and adults living with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Through this initiative, the bank has been able to train more than 14,000 people on how to manage the condition, provide free one-on-one consultation services to over 3,200 children and has been able to lead a sustained campaign that tackles the stigma facing people living with Autism.
Like every other child, children with Autism have big dreams and amazing talents to contribute to our society, hence we all need to speak up against the neglect and stigmatisation of people living with Autism and other developmental disorders because they need all our support to rise above their present difficulties.
We are grateful to Africa’s foremost financial institution – GTBank for sustaining this defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy since its inception in 1990.
Watch the movie trailer below;