Tisa Johnson-Hooper, MD
Medical Director for the HFHS Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD)READ MORE
Medical Director for the HFHS Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD)READ MORE
Executive Director, Blazing Trails International Center (BTIC)READ MORE
Assistant Head Teacher for inclusion in Hallsville Primary School in London.READ MORE
Founder and Director of Patrick Speech and Languages Centre, (Patricks) Ikeja, Lagos.READ MORE
President and Founder of Advanced Behaviour & Educational Clinics Foundation (ABE Foundation)READ MORE
Executive Director and Founder of The Color of Autism FoundationREAD MORE
Speech-Language PathologistREAD MORE
Certified Consultant Speech-Language PathologistREAD MORE
Founder of CLASS, IncREAD MORE
Director of Academics, Bridge NigeriaREAD MORE
Food Scientist cum Nutritionist. Founder, Brainfoods for Guts and Psychology.READ MORE
A special educator with a practicing license from North Carolina in the United StatesREAD MORE
Program Manager at Play Smart ConceptsREAD MORE
Speech Pathologist with the New York City Department of EducationREAD MORE
Founder of The Winford Centre for Children and WomenREAD MORE
Writer and Editor, a Copywriter and Producer, a Voice Actor and DirectorREAD MORE
Co-founder and Clinical Director of Our Lady of Guadalupe Health Foundation (OLG)READ MORE
Consultant Psychiatrist & Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry of the Lagos University Teaching HospitalREAD MORE
Head of Occupational Therapy Department at the National Orthopedic Hospital, LagosREAD MORE
Autism Specialist (AC) from International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standard (IBCCES)READ MORE
Founding Director of BHAC. A Registered Behavioral Technician under the Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)READ MORE
Member of the Editorial Board of the Nigerian Journal of PsychiatryREAD MORE
Certified Autism Specialist from International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education StandardREAD MORE
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist (Specialist in Child and Adult Psychiatry) and a Public Health PhysicianREAD MORE
Award-winning Special Needs CoordinatorREAD MORE
Lecturer at the College of Medicine University of Lagos. Honorary Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist to Lagos University Teaching HospitalREAD MORE
Head of School at Juniper Crèche and Juniper Hill SchoolREAD MORE
Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine and the Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CCAMH), University of IbadanREAD MORE
Medical Director for the HFHS Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD)
Dr Tisa has been affiliated with the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) for 19 years. She is currently the Medical Director for the HFHS Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD). Her clinical duties include participating in CADD’s multidisciplinary diagnostic team and providing primary pediatric care at the HFHS New Center One, Detroit, Michigan. Dr Tisa has maintained a long-standing interest in advocating for children with disabilities and has focused her primary care practice on providing high quality, comprehensive primary care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). In furtherance of her commitment to CYSHCN, she has developed associations with an array of policy and advocacy organizations as well as state and national collaborative. Her most recent quality improvement efforts have focused on transition from a pediatrics to an adult approach to healthcare, developmental screening, and integrative mental health initiatives.
Executive Director, Blazing Trails International Center (BTIC)
Dr. Anna Lamikanra, Executive Director, Blazing Trails International Center (BTIC). This is her ninth year as an organizer and committee member for Orange Ribbon Initiative Symposium for GT Bank. With many years experience as a researcher, tenured professor, fund raiser, community advocate and training innovator, Dr. “Lam” works to carve-out opportunities for people with disabilities. She has published many articles on educational reform.
Dr. Lam is interested in vocational education, training para-professionals and developing socializing programs for youth in transition and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She developed the curriculum for the online certificate programs and has a customer service training program for individuals with disabilities. Dr. Lamikanra earned the Ph. D from Iowa State University in Technology & Social Change and Global Education Policy.
She is married to Dr. Olusola Lamikanra and they have a son, Olayinka.
Assistant Head Teacher for inclusion in Hallsville Primary School in London.
Mrs Ivie Okwuegbuna is an Assistant Head Teacher for inclusion in Hallsville Primary School in London.
She holds an M.A. in School Effectiveness and School Improvement and a qualified special needs co Ordinator from the Institute of Education London. She has a PGCE in Asperger’s Syndrome from Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield England. Ivie is a Certified trainer for ‘The listening Programme’ and the Designated Safeguarding Lead at her primary school.
Mrs Ivie Okwuegbuna has over two decades experience as a teacher. She began her career in teaching 22 years ago in Corona Schools Lagos, Grange School Ikeja and then several schools in London. Ivie became interested in Special Needs when she started in her first year at St Antony’s Primary School London. As a classroom practitioner she was faced with many children who had additional needs and with little or no experience as to how to improve their learning, Ivie decided to retrain in special educational needs. Ivie has a calling for working with children with special needs and enjoys helping children reach their learning potential. Ivie is a strong advocate for Every Child Matters.
Mrs Ivie Okwuegbuna is an advanced Certified Autism Specialist (ACAS) with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).
She is a member of the National Autistic society in England. Mrs Ivie Okwuegbuna is happily married with two children.
Founder and Director of Patrick Speech and Languages Centre, (Patricks) Ikeja, Lagos.
Mrs. Dotun Akande, a behaviour Analyst, is the Founder and Director of Patrick Speech and Languages Centre, (Patricks) Ikeja, Lagos.
It can rightly be said that she revolutionized the Autism awareness campaign in Nigeria. Today, Patricks stands tall as the pioneer Special Needs Centre for the education of children with Autism, offering services such as speech, occupational, music and behaviour therapy. The Centre also offers social skills building and play therapy using best practices. Mrs. Dotun Akande, with her cerebral team, have successfully worked with and integrated over 50 children into mainstream school system and has given employment to 4 adults with Autism even as she plans a new school facility that can accommodate and help more children and adults.
She holds a B.Sc. degree in Economics, and has over the years attended numerous training programmes on Autism and other developmental disorders at various International Institutions. She also qualified as a Behaviour Analyst from the Florida Institute of Technology USA. She is an advanced Certified Autism Specialist (ACAS), with Patricks being the first Nigerian Autism Centre to be registered with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).
Her deep involvement with Autism Awareness campaigns in Nigeria has resulted in various stakeholders engagement which includes the GTBank Orange Ribbon initiative, of which she is one of the Lead coordinator and facilitator.
Mrs. Dotun Akande, a Cherie Blair Mentee, was also the Vlisco Woman for the years 2015 to 2017. An honour bestowed on her for the contributions she made to the growth of Autism awareness and management in Nigeria. Mrs Dotun Akande has also featured in the first “W Power of 100” and “WimBiz Inspire Me 2”, featuring leading Nigerian women who have excelled in their various endeavours. Her desire for continuous learning and improvement led her to enroll in the John Maxwell Leadership Program to enable her continue her national advocacy on people living with disability.
Mrs. Dotun Akande is happily married with three children.
President and Founder of Advanced Behaviour & Educational Clinics Foundation (ABE Foundation)
Dr. L. Enweremadu-Burns, PhD. is the president and founder of ABE International Clinic & Consultancy and founder of the NGO ‘Advanced Behaviour & Educational Clinics Foundation (ABE Foundation)’. For over 27 years Dr. Burns has focused her attention , research and experience on building awareness, education, program development and treatment based interventions in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, intellectual disability (also known as mental retardation), conduct disorders, cerebral palsy, and impairments in vision and hearing.
Her work in the USA, UK, Japan, Nigeria and more has focused on developing and opening school-based, community-based, home-based and clinic-based programs to support children/youth and young adults with special needs, including mental health supports for individuals facing mild/moderate to moderate/severe challenges . Her primary goal has been promoting opportunities in academics and life skills for all individuals within this population by adopting evidence-based/research-based best practices in schools, homes and communities.
Traveling globally to support various organisations and families, she has focused her work on the best ways to strategise and produce effective and positive changes to make each individual that she and her team work with a contributing member of our society. Her work has included seminars, teaching, workshops, symposiums, clinical treatments, consultancy, family advocacy and collaboration with schools, agencies, federal and state organisations across the globe. Dr. Burns not only works closely with treatment and education for individuals, but also in training family members, school teachers/staff, clinicians, doctors, business owners, specialists and professionals in working with children and employees that are faced with these ongoing challenges in a positive and successful manner.
Executive Director and Founder of The Color of Autism Foundation
Camille Proctor is the Executive Director and Founder of The Color of Autism Foundation. In 2008 Proctor’s son Ari was diagnosed with autism at age 2. Finding few resources for her family she founded The Color of Autism Foundation in 2009 to support African American families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.
COA provides support to parents who have a child on the autism spectrum, through educational and advocacy services. COA is dedicated to bringing awareness to Autism Spectrum Disorder and reducing the stigma associated with ASD in the black community. Proctor has been featured in magazines, news publications, and television. In 2017 she organized a summit of community advocates and cofounded The National African American Autism Community Network.
Jeannette Washington, M.Ed. is a speech-language pathologist with nearly a decade of experience working with K-12 learners with autism spectrum disorders and other special abilities (i.e., dyslexia, ADHD, selective mutism, and more). Her expertise has been solicited in The Washington Post alongside the co-founder of Yale University’s center for dyslexia and creativity. She has trained software engineers all around the world and boasts the importance of accessibility, inclusivity and neurodiversity in the tech industry.
Jeannette currently teaches career changers and technology industry implants to code. She also works with Microsoft to teach high school students to code. Her passion for those with special abilities has helped her ignite conversations across multiple dimensions of diversity within the technology industry. Jeannette owns and operates Bearly Articulating, a concierge style, equity, diversity and inclusivity (D&I) think tank.
Certified Consultant Speech-Language Pathologist
Dr. Grace Ojeamiren-Bamigboye. Ph.D. CCC-SLP is a Certified Consultant Speech-Language Pathologist with more than twenty-five years’ experience of working with children with special needs, and has a special interest in speech/language disorders and bilingualism (American Sign Language).
She completed her Doctoral studies in Speech Pathology with The University of Ibadan and obtained a Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of Texas, Arlington, USA and Certificate in the management of Cleft and Lip Palate from Columbia Teachers’ College.
Grace Ojeamiren-Bamigboye is registered with the Medical Rehabilitation Therapists (Registration) Board of Nigeria and is a member of Speech Pathology and Audiology Association of Nigeria. She has produced several published works including research papers and articles. Also, she has received several awards in recognition of her longstanding and dedicated contributions to the Nigeria Autism Community and the field of Special Education Needs. In addition, she is a resource person to the National Economic Summit Group on Neuroscience and Early Childhood Development.
Founder of CLASS, Inc
Paula founded CLASS, Inc. in 1998 to provide functional, meaningful and life enhancing speech therapy services to children and adults with complex communication needs. She is committed to ensuring that CLASS, Inc. provides motivating, age-appropriate and meaningful activities that result in successful functional improvement in communication skills for every client in their home, community and workplace.
Paula has worked people who have complex communication needs for over 30 years as a special education teacher, speech language pathologist, AAC specialist and researcher at the Autism Spectrum and Research Center and international consultant to adults, children and their families.
Wanting the best quality of life possible for people with complex communication needs spurred Paula to develop expertise in AAC. Paula began her work with high-tech AAC systems in 1987, when high-tech AAC was in it’s infancy. She remains at the cutting edge of AAC research, assessment, and application. At CLASS, Inc.,
Paula has served on numerous professionally related boards, including the ASTAR scientific advisory board, and was a founding member and past president of the Pacific Northwest Augmentative Communication Society. Paula was a 2013 Women’s Business Owner of the year finalist, 2010 nominee for Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association’s 2010 Speech-Language Professional of the Year. 2003 Washington State’s Reach for the Stars Educator of the Year.
Paula enjoys sharing her expertise world-wide as a University instructor, international conference presenter and trainer. She has presented at conferences including: The International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Australia, 2018 and in Canada, 2015, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention, the Assistive Technology Industry Association annual conference and the 2019 Annual South African Autism Conference to 33,000 attendees. Paula will return to South Africa for the month of October where she will train South Africans in the implementation of functional AAC.
Director of Academics, Bridge Nigeria
Rhoda Odigboh is Director of Academics, Bridge Nigeria. Bridge is the largest provider of private primary education in the world. Bridge offers quality and life changing education to children in low income communities around the world as a gateway to success for all.
A Learning Strategist, Curriculum Theorist and Inclusion Advocate with years of experience in teaching, teacher development programs and curriculum development. She is a wife and mother of three children.
Rhoda’s work has been focused on the development of Evidence-Based and Innovative Teaching and Learning Methods. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate degree in Curriculum Theory with keen interests in Green Education, Technology for Education and Disability Inclusion. She is an award winning educator and a 2016 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme alumni.
The founder of The Teachers Network – Facebook Group with over 7,000 educators from around the world. She likes to be identified as a Teacher
Food Scientist cum Nutritionist. Founder, Brainfoods for Guts and Psychology.
Ijeoma Ugwu is a Food Scientist cum Nutritionist. Founder Brainfoods for Guts and Psychology. She is passionate about nutrition as a tool for management of chronic illnesses. She doubles as a nutritional therapist and health food creator producing gluten free foods. She advocates for the healing powers of food applying her knowledge of Food, its nutrients and sciences. Her special interest lies in the use of nutrition in the management of Autism Spectrum Disorder and related conditions alongside other complementary therapies.
Ijeoma is particularly interested in providing safe local alternatives to the nutritional needs of individuals with special nutritional needs. She strives to bridge the gap between the hypoallergenic feeding style demanded by their physiological make up and the knowledge of the availability of such foods in our locality.
She has carved herself a niche in healthcare industry through her amiable approach to providing solutions to the nutritional needs of her teeming clientele. She believes that creating a warm atmosphere around her clients enables a relaxed mind which serves as a prerequisite to the healing itself.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology, (UNN), a Master’s degree in Food Technology, (Ghent University/K.U Leuven, Belgium), a professional diploma in Nutritional Studies (Nutrition School, UK) and a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition majoring in Clinical Nutrition and Diet Therapy (University of Ibadan, in view).
Through her work she has risen to present to families affected by chronic illnesses the beacon of hope through nutrition.
A special educator with a practicing license from North Carolina in the United States
Lola Aneke is a special educator with a practicing license from North Carolina in the United States. She holds a Master of Art in Teaching (MAT) Special Education from Meredith College, North Carolina, and a Bachelor Degree in Sociology from University of Lagos.
Lola is versed in the Common Core and Essential United States Standards, and well experienced in hands-on, challenging, and creative learning activities that take into consideration the diverse needs and experiences of students with special needs. She has taught children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), speech and communication disorders, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and other related disabilities in the United States and Nigeria.
She is also the Executive Director of the Comprehensive Autism and related Disabilities Education and Training Academy, known as the C.A.D.E.T. Academy, and the founder of the non-profit, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Dewdrops Community Centre for Special Needs, both located in Abuja.
Program Manager at Play Smart Concepts
Isa Gabriel is currently the program manager at Play Smart Concepts (www.playsmartconcepts.org)
He has provided support for children with additional needs in and out of mainstream schools for more than a decade. His core area of strength is using sensory motor play as a tool to support the children I work with. Isa has had trainings in Montessori education, speech development, Applied behavior analysis and sensory motor play.
Speech Pathologist with the New York City Department of Education
Present, speech pathologist with the New York City department of education, contracting speech pathologist with New York City department of health early intervention from 0 to 3 years old and works with stroke patients. Member of national black association of speech language and hearing. America speech and hearing association (ASHA)certified with the 3 CCCs.
Founder of The Winford Centre for Children and Women
Basirat Razaq-Shuaib is the Founder of The Winford Centre for Children and Women – a charity supporting children with autism and other developmental disabilities in Nigeria, and registered with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) as a certified autism centre. She is also the CEO of The Winford Centre International- the premier provider of developmental and learning aids for children with special needs in Nigeria. The Winford Centre for Children and Women is a United Nations Global Compact partner organisation.
An author, a speaker, a trainer, a social entrepreneur and a Board Certified Cognitive Specialist (BCCS), Basirat holds multiple degrees and certifications including an M.Sc. in Finance and Investment from University of Exeter, United Kingdom, and a Diploma in Advanced Special Education Needs. She is the first Mansion House Scholar in Nigeria.
Basirat is also a financial strategist and has spent over 15 years working with organizations in Africa and Europe to run finance functions successfully.
Writer and Editor, a Copywriter and Producer, a Voice Actor and Director
Remi Olutimayin is a writer & editor, a copywriter & producer, a voice actor & voice director, telling stories better for over 18 years.
Starting as an intern in advertising during his sophomore year in Mass Communication at Babcock University, he has gone on to work in advertising (for radio and television), broadcasting, banking, journalism, documentaries, animation, publishing, audio books, and the training of voice actors across various genres.
His passion is built on the evolution of our culture’s tales and adages, still seen through ‘the eyes of a child’.
He is the Principal partner of Audiation International, a media company.
He is also a founding partner of RobuReed Incorporated, an educational tools design company.
Co-founder and Clinical Director of Our Lady of Guadalupe Health Foundation (OLG)
Dr. (Mrs) Doris Izuwah nee Duruewuru is a Registered Medical Doctor, She is the co-founder and clinical director of Our Lady of Guadalupe Health Foundation (OLG) / Autism center was founded in June 2006 and registered in 2007. Since then the organization has been into Autism care and Advocacy which includes the First centre in Nigeria to offer Biomedical treatment of children with Autism and related disorders using the Defeat Autism Now approach/Autism Research Institute Dietary Intervention methodology.
Specialized Laboratory investigations for children with Autism using Genova Diagnostic’s platform is also carried out. Behavioral /Speech Modification, Parent Training /Free Annual Parent Support group activities are also done conducted by her team
OLG now has centers in Port Harcourt, Abuja and Owerri and has over 50 staff, 70 children it sees on a daily weekly basis and over 100 children it manages via the neurodevelopmental early intervention special needs clinic in three different hospitals in Abuja.
Consultant Psychiatrist & Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital
Dr. Oshodi earned her Basic Medical training qualification from the College of Medicine University of Lagos and later received her Masters in Public health from the same University. She went on to specialize in Psychiatry and is a Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Faculty of Psychiatry. She further obtained a subspecialty fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from the Colleges of medicine of South Africa.
Dr. Yewande O. Oshodi is currently a Consultant Psychiatrist & Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital & College of Medicine University of Lagos, Nigeria respectively. Her clinical work entails providing specialist mental health care and her specific areas of interest in research include; Public mental health, maternal-infant mental health, Neuro Developmental disorders, mental health stigma, school mental health, adolescent trauma and adolescent substance abuse.
Dr Oshodi plays an active role in mental health advocacy and skill development. Over 10 years ago she pioneered a non-governmental organisation known as MIND Trust in Lagos, Nigeria, through which she and her team of volunteers continue to deliver mental health awareness programs in public secondary schools in Lagos mainland area till date.
Head of Occupational Therapy Department at the National Orthopedic Hospital, Lagos
Mr. Akinyelure Abimbola is a certified occupational therapist. He is registered with the medical rehabilitation therapist board of Nigeria, A member of the Occupational Therapy Association of Nigeria and member Occupational Therapy Africa Regional Group. He has more than 10 years experience of working with special needs children.
He graduated from Manipal University India. He is presently the Head of Occupational Therapy Department at the National Orthopedic hospital Igbobi Lagos.
Autism Specialist (AC) from International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standard (IBCCES)
Mr Ayansola Mufutau is an Autism Specialist (AC) from International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standard (IBCCES). He is also a qualified hearing impaired specialist from Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo sate. He has attended various training and international conferences in different aspects of Autism since 2008 including social skill building, speech and sensory integration.
Mr Mufutau has worked with children and adults with Autism and other related disabilities for over 10 years at Patrick Speech and Languages Centre and he is currently Head of adult units. Over the years, he has helped many of adults gain independence in their functional life skills. He is passionate about the work and always available to support families struggling with their children with special needs. He is also a qualified sign language specialist.
Founding Director of BHAC. A Registered Behavioral Technician under the Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)
Mrs. Beauty Kumesine is the founding Director of BHAC and is a Registered Behavioral Technician under the Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and a trained speech and Language Support Therapist from ELKLAN in the United Kingdom and a recent badge of Autism Certification from IBCESS. A graduate of Human Anatomy from the University of Port Harcourt, and an PGDE holder from the National Teachers Institute and has many other degree on Autism, early childhood studies and related fields and has a communication disorders degree in view.
She has over 13 years of experience in managing children living with disabilities and in particular has specialized her skills and knowledge on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Beauty is a public advocate for the identification and rehabilitation of children with ASD within the Nigerian society and has organized annual, walks, road shows, seminars and workshops for this. Through her effort several schools in Port Harcourt have setup Special Needs Units to provide inclusive education for children with ASD and other intellectual disorders.
She is passionate about children under the spectrum of Autism and children living with intellectual disabilities in general. She aims to give hope and help to the number of persons she can access living with autism and Intellectual Disabilities in the south-south region and Nigeria at large. For Beauty, every child counts and there is hope and help for every child.
Her professional affiliations include: International Alliance of Holistic Therapists International Association of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Coaching (IANLPC) National Association of Autism Nigeria (NASAN).
Beauty has successfully single handedly managed the affairs and run Blazing Heart Autism Center for 10 years now and is willing and ready to do more for parents and children she come across. She consults for hospitals and schools on special needs and how to handle special needs cases.
Member of the Editorial Board of the Nigerian Journal of Psychiatry
Dr. Niran Okewole had his basic medical education at the University College Hospital, Ibadan and did his housemanship at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ilesha Annexe. After a year of national service in Ebonyi State, he had his residency training in psychiatry at the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba Lagos. He was thereafter employed as a consultant psychiatrist in the Child and Adolescent Unit of the Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro Abeokuta, where he rose to the rank of Senior Consultant Psychiatrist in 2016. He has fellowships in psychiatry of the West African College of Physicians and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. He also has a master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from the University of Ibadan. He has 20 peer reviewed publications which have appeared in reputable international journals His research interests are in psychoses and child/adolescent psychiatry. He is a member of the editorial board of the Nigerian Journal of Psychiatry.
Certified Autism Specialist from International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standard
Mr. Yinusa Abidemi is a graduate of Economics from Lagos State University. He also holds a diploma in Child Psychology from Stonebridge College, United Kingdom. He obtained his postgraduate diploma in Education from National Open University and is a Certified Autism Specialist from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standard.
He is presently undergoing his Master program in Psychology from the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom. He has attended various training programmes in different areas of Autism since 2007 including behavior modification, speech and communication strategies, sensory integration, occupational therapy, social skill building, attention deficit disorder, play therapy and cognitive development.
Bidemi has worked with children living with Autism and other related disabilities for over 13 years and has supported many families with therapy options that have helped integrate their children and adults into the community. He is currently the Head of School at Patrick Speech and Languages Centre.
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist (Specialist in Child and Adult Psychiatry) and a Public Health Physician
Dr. Mashudat Abiola Bello-Mojeed (MBBS, MPH, MSc. CAMH, FCPA, FIMC, FMCPsych, FWACP), is a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist (Specialist in Child and Adult Psychiatry) and a Public Health Physician. She is a Fellow of both the West African College of Physicians and National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria with an excellent academic Master of Science Degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (MSc. CAMH). She is a Director and a Board of Trustee member of Association of Families and Professionals for Autism Support, Director, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Research, Board Member, Arts in Medicine and the vice-Chair, Childhood Neuropsychiatric Disorders Initiatives, Nigeria.
She is a seasoned local and international resource person and stands out as one of the leading researchers on autism in Africa with a vast number of research paper publications on the topic. In addition to working with individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders across lifespan, she is actively involved in the delivery of quality patient care, scientific research, training of specialist and non-specialist caregivers, including young persons, teachers and parents, in the management of persons with special needs. She works closely with family caregivers and their affected children in the community, schools and clinical settings. She is a strong advocate for autism and continually collaborates with researchers within and outside Nigeria in a cross-cultural training of trainers including family caregivers and other non-specialist caregivers.
Locally and internationally, she had participated at different forums as a vibrant Guest Speaker on various topical issues on autism spectrum disorders in both the developed high resource and developing low resource settings. She is committed to bridging gaps in knowledge about comprehensive health, evidence-based interventions and improved wellbeing of individuals with autism in Low and Middle Income Countries such as Nigeria and other African countries. She is passionate about the wellbeing of persons with autism, unraveling their latent talents, ensuring development of full potential with optimal outcome, and providing supports for affected individuals and their caregivers from whatever background in the community.
Award-winning Special Needs Coordinator
Adewunmi Payne-Akinhanmi is an award-winning Special Needs Coordinator currently serving as the SENCO Whole School at the Grange School, founded in 1958.
Her credentials include a Master’s degree (in view) from the Institute of Education, University College London, United Kingdom, a Postgraduate diploma (PGDE) in Education from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Premier University, University of Ibadan, various Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Programmes (in 5 continents of the world) and ten years of instructional experience.
Adewunmi works with pupils with (Specific Learning Difficulties) SpLD, ADHD, Autism, and SEBD (Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties) between the ages of 4 to 16.
She’s a seasoned teacher trainer, using her daily experience in the classroom in her sessions. In nearly a decade of been a Special Needs Educator, Adewunmi has trained extensively and has contributed to international conferences and delivered training courses for SENCos, teachers, parents and learning support assistants in different countries of the world including Nigeria, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Lecturer at the College of Medicine University of Lagos. Honorary Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist to Lagos University Teaching Hospital
Chinyere Asoegwu lecturer at the college of medicine university of Lagos, honorary consultant Otorhinolaryngologist to Lagos university teaching hospital. A fellow of west African college of Surgeons and fellow Medical College of otorhinolaryngology.
A published researcher in many topics including otology and audiology of different peculiar populations such as people with Down syndrome, Autistic syndrome and the hearing impaired in inclusive primary schools in Lagos state. Apart from my love for my job as otorhinolaryngologist, I have special interest in diagnosing and managing various diseases of the ear, nose and throat in children.
I am a member of Otorinolaryngological society of Nigeria (ORLSON) and Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN).I am happily married with children.
Head of School at Juniper Crèche and Juniper Hill School
Ajibike Bakare is a passionate educator and lawyer. She holds an AMI International diploma from the Maria Montessori Institute, Hampstead, England as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Lagos. She is the Head of School at Juniper Crèche and Juniper Hill School, an inclusive private Primary school with ﬁrm Montessori principles. She has been involved in curriculum policy review and reforms on the state level and national level. She is a proud recipient of the World Bank Scholarship for Women in Entrepreneurial Management and an alumnus of the School Leaders Development Programme both from Enterprise Development Centre Pan Atlantic University. She remains an active member of the Basic Education team- Human Capital and Policy Development Commission- Nigerian Economic Summit Group since 2013.
Presently, completing a Masters degree in Educational Leadership at her alma mater the University of Buckingham, Ajibike remains extremely passionate about Childcare, Education, Women and Children’s Rights, Poverty alleviation and inclusion. To this end, she joined the Aid to Life initiative of FMEN (Foundation for Montessori Education in Nigeria) as a volunteer co-coordinator to further spread the Montessori philosophy to caregivers at the grassroots in Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole. She remains an ardent supporter of inclusion and early intervention.
Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine and the Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CCAMH), University of Ibadan
Dr Yetunde C. Adeniyi MBBS (Ilorin), M.Sc. (CAMH), FWACP (Psych.), ACCAPsych
Yetunde Adeniyi is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine and the Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CCAMH), University of Ibadan where she is a course leader for several courses. She is also a Consultant in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan where she heads the neurodevelopmental unit.
She is Nigeria’s first homegrown child and adolescent psychiatrist with the award of Advanced Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ACCAPsych) by the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria.
Dr. Adeniyi is the Director of the Centre for Early Development, Learning and Care (CEDLAC, www.earlydlccentre.org), a world-class Centre in Ibadan that provides well-coordinated multidisciplinary services to children with developmental disorders across Nigeria. This centre is a training ground for students of the University of Ibadan, Babcock University, Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo, University College Hospital, Ibadan and professionals from several African countries and beyond who work with children with developmental disorders.
She holds a Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Mental health (MSc. CAMH) with distinction from the CCAMH and is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians, Faculty of Psychiatry (FWACP Psych).