Children living with disabilities in Lagos State and its environs may now heave a sigh of relief as Lagos State Government, some parents and medical experts have agreed to take concerted efforts against disabilities in children.
They reached the consensus at the first ‘Stakeholders Summit on Disability’ organized by the office of the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Government on Social Development.
The Summit, whose theme was Ability in Disability: A Stitch in Time Saves Nine, was held at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos on Tuesday.
Addressing participants at the occasion, the Executive Governor of the State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, represented by Her Excellency, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule, said the state government had decided that every category of people necessary must henceforth align forces to make life more meaningful for children living in disabilities.
The governor said early intervention of disability in the affected children would help a lot in giving hope of a meaningful life to those children.
As a result of that, he said the concept of early intervention was targeted at parents and guardians of the target children.
His words: “Early intervention of disabilities in children will afford you the opportunity to do what is needful medically. Since nothing can be done to change the circumstances of those children, you must show them the ability to support them in harnessing their potentials.”
In her welcome address, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Social Development, Mrs. Joyce Onafowokan, disclosed that the governor’s inaugural speech in which Governor Ambode advised that our circumstances should not be obstacles to our dreams with the promise that the issues of disability will receive greater attention this year necessitated the Summit.
According to her, too often, some professionals make the mistake of telling parents what they need only, in handling disability in children.
However, she said with the Summit, the State Government was beginning a new journey because we are putting s
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