Educational therapist and Founder of the Royal School of Educational Therapy Foundation based in Abuja, Dr. Badewa Adejugbe-Williams, has advocated for the acceptance and inclusion of children with Down Syndrome, learning disorders, and other disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy among others in the educational system.
Adejugbe-Williams, who made the call while speaking to journalists on the International Day of Down Syndrome, weekend in Abuja, called on parents and guardians not to see Down Syndrome as a disease, stressing that people living with it are just like everyone
The educational therapist decried that fact that awareness on Down Syndrome was very low in Nigeria, pointing out that children with Down Syndrome are capable of independent functions and participation in society.
She assured that the Royal School of Educational Therapy Foundation was committed to raising awareness on the most common genetic condition known as Down Syndrome, just as she called for support from all stakeholders.
According to her, “the Royal School of Educational Therapy Foundation in Abuja commemorated the World Down Syndrome day with various fun filled activities in which our students and staff participated.
“To start the event, students engaged in a brief Q&A session and recitations on Down Syndrome. After the informative session they continued with thrilling games, swimming, tasty snacks, and lots of dancing, photo shoots with posters and placards and colorful socks, and many more fun activities.
“The commemoration ended with the screening of a movie “Where Hope Grows” about a man living with Down Syndrome. The idea is to give our students a sense of inclusiveness in the society. All that is needed is support from all stakeholders.”