• Introducing new approaches to help people with autistic disorders integrate into the society • Enhancing inclusive mindset and behaviour in the communities
BP and its co-venturers in the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Shah Deniz, and South Caucasus Pipeline projects – SOCAR, TPAO, PETRONAS, Chevron, LUKOIL, NICO, Equinor, INPEX, ExxonMobil, SGC, ITOCHU, ONGC, TOTAL, Eni – today publicly launched a project to support young people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Azerbaijan.
The project aims to bring one of the internationally-practiced systematic formal programmes to Azerbaijan to help people with autistic disorders integrate into the society and to enhance an inclusive mindset in the society. The project will use internationally-recognised methodologies to help change people’s behaviours and perception with regard to autistic disorders.
To achieve this aim, the project intends to involve international experts to implement a range of purposeful activities. These will include innovative ways of treatment of autistic persons, training of parents and professionals, implementation of outreach and awareness programmes in the communities.
“We expect the project to have a strong impact by changing behaviors and mindsets. It will help us understand how we can support others in overcoming autism challenges, in engaging and integrating socially by taking over active roles and responsibilities in our society. It will also make families and communities think of their own responsibility to help change the lives of their children, relatives and others with autistic disorders. We hope these internationally-recognised practices and approaches will result in a shift in the way this disorder is treated by people in Azerbaijan”, said Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli, BP’s Vice President, Comminications, External Affairs, Strategy and Region.
The duration of the project is 10 months (December 2018 -September 2019) with a total cost of 238,630 AZN.
The project will be implemented by the public union “Birgə və sağlam” (Together, Healthy).
Notes to Editors
Over the past 26 years BP ant its co-venturers have supported a large number of major social investment projects. These have included educational programmes, building skills and capabilities in local communities, improving access to social infrastructure in communities, supporting local enterprises through provision of access to finance and training, support for cultural legacy and sport, as well as technical assistance to public institutions.
In 2018, BP and its co-venturers spent more than $4 million in Azerbaijan on their social investment projects.
To find out more about the social investment projects implemented by BP and co-venturers in 2018, please follow this link - https://www.bp.com/en_az/caspian/press/businessupdates/2018_full_year_results11.html
Further information: Tamam Bayatly at BP’s Press Office in Baku. Telephone: (+994 12) 525 58 95