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Dr. Nkem Okeke, Anambra State Deputy Governor, has assured Persons with disabilities have been assured of sound education, equal recognition and treatment with other citizens.
Okeke gave the assurance during an autism awareness programme held at the Professor Kenneth Dike e-Library, Awka, at the weekend to mark the Annual World Autism Day celebrated in the month of April.
The event which featured  seminar aimed at creating awareness on the need to educate, enlighten as well as recognise autistic persons in the society, was organized by the state Ministries of Education, Women’s Affairs and Health.
Addressing dignitaries at the event, Dr. Okeke represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on General Duties, Dr. Charles Nwufo, commended Governor Obiano for his sustained interest in the physically challenged and encouraged the disabled to accept their situation and take solace in the fact that there is ability in disability.
The Deputy Governor made it clear that physically challenged persons are human beings and should be treated with love and care.
Also addressing the gathering, an Educationist, Dr. (Mrs.) Vera Okechukwu, said that education is the bedrock of development, while the environment equips one for better living, and encouraged the participants to always show love to the disabled, as according to her, there is ability in disability.
In their separate speeches, Mr. Willie Nwokoye, the Principal Secretary to the State Government, and Nze Uche Nworah, Managing Director of Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), Awka commended the organisers for making the event a success, urging them to do more.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the event, the host and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Education, Mrs. Ify Enekwechi, described autism as a bio- neurological disorder that is observable in early childhood with symptoms of abnormal self-absorption, characterised by lack of response to other humans and by limited ability or disinclination to communicate and socialise, advising parents to help bring out children with such challenge to learn for a better tomorrow.
In their presentations, the Proprietor Peace Therapeutic Special Schools Onitsha, Mrs. Prisca Nathaniel and a Psychologist, Dr. Mrs. Nmasinachi Umeh, enumerated fall during pregnancy and malnutrition as some of the causes of autism, which usually develops from pre-natal and post-natal period.
They noted that for one to confirm autism, certain tests must be conducted on the brain.

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