By Adelola Amihere
The Coordinator and Founder of IZE Therapy and Vocational Centre (ITVC), Aishat Jatto, has said that special needs persons should not be stigmatised against in the society but should be supported to live life optimally.
Speaking during an awareness seminar for the centre in Abuja, the coordinator said the centre was established to help in assisting children with special needs in the areas of speech therapy, physiotherapy, counselling, vocational and occupational therapy.
“I want to encourage those people with special needs to be confident in themselves, think more and improved in their lives and not to just sit down. They should see their disability as ability to acquire more knowledge and have the mind-set that they can do anything, they actually want to and acquired anything they want to do.
“At Ize therapy and vocational centre, we look forward to giving those with special need the basic necessities like feeding, clothing and education. We also create an enable environment for learning and productive individuals through vocational and learning skills and also help them facilitate their own establishment”, she said.
The therapy and vocational centre, she said, caters for individuals with visual and hearing impairment, optic therapy, learning difficulties and down syndrome.
According to her, the centre is also equipped with both boarding and other facilities, like speech therapy, occupational therapy, vocational therapy, and counselling
She further appealed to the government for support in creating more centres for special needs persons that will help provide the target attention they need from elementary to tertiary institutions