Autism Awareness: First Lady Champions Early Diagnosis and Inclusion

By Helen Okechukwu, JKNMedia Reporter

SENATOR Oluremi Tinubu, Nigerian First Lady, has on World Autism Day, took a resolute stand in support of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), advocating for early diagnosis, intervention and inclusion.

Her message resonated with communities nationwide as she highlighted the urgent need for social understanding and support.

Under the theme, “Diverse Perspectives: From Exclusion to Inclusion, unveiled by the United Nations (UN), Mrs. Tinubu stressed the importance of embracing the unique perspectives of individuals with autism to foster their integration into society. This resonated deeply with stakeholders and activists striving to create a more inclusive environment for those with ASD.

Citing statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) which estimates that approximately 1 in 100 children likely to be diagnosed with ASD, the First Lady underscored the need for early identification and intervention.

She emphasized that timely support and professional assistance during developmental milestones are crucial to ensuring individuals with autism can reach their full potential.

Mrs. Tinubu commended the dedication of caregivers and community organizations in providing support and resources for resources for individuals with autism and their families.

Despite the challenges that come with caring for a child with ASD, she emphasized the unwavering love and dedication exhibited by caregivers and the invaluable role they play in the lives of those affected.

Furthermore, the First Lady addressed misconceptions surrounding the causes of autism, dispelling claims that vaccines are responsible for the disorder.

Draw from scientific research, she assured the public that vaccines, including those administered for measles, mumps, and rubella, do not contribute to the development of autism in children.

This clarification, she said, is aimed to dispel misinformation and promote informed decision-making regarding healthcare practices.

In her closing remarks, she expressed optimism for a future where individuals autism are empowered, included, and celebrated for their unique gifts, while calling for collective action to create a more inclusive society where diversity is embraced and individuals, regardless of their challenges, are given the opportunity to thrive.

As the nation commemorates WAD, she noted that her advocacy serves as a beacon of hope for individuals with ASD and their families, inspiring positive change and greater understanding within Nigerian society.

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