Kuala Lumpur, 11 April 2018 – The IDEAS Autism Centre has clarified that the Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) support is continuing throughout 2018 and 2019.
The Ideas Autism Centre (IAC) began receiving support from YSD in 2014 which will continue until December 2019 receiving a total of RM 3.45 million. This support from YSD has enabled IAC to provide autistic children from low-income families get quality care, education and therapy services at the centre. This in turn enabled the parents to remain in or return to employment. The centre only caters to families with per capita of less than RM 1,500. Up until March 2018, the maximum fee charged was up to RM 300 depending family income. Beginning this April, the fee has increased by RM 80 for everyone.
Since 2012, 35 children graduated from IAC and has secured places in special education classes public school. From this, 2 of them manage to get into the mainstream class. Overall, parents are very happy with the services offered by IAC proven by an average score of 4.3 out of 5 in regular parents’ satisfactory survey. “The life changing work that we do would not have been possible without the help of YSD”, says Sharifah Salleh, the principal of Ideas Autism Centre.
The above statement is issued as a purpose of record only.
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About IDEAS Autism Centre
In October 2012, the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) took the initiative to set up the IDEAS Autism Centre (IAC) in Rawang, Selangor, as part of our effort to provide care for those in need, and at the same time to research and develop a sustainable social enterprise model that can be replicated to help underprivileged children. The IAC is registered with the Department for Social Welfare (reg no: B/TI 151/2012)
Good quality care should be accessible for everyone. Early intervention care (3-9 years) is the most critical stage for children with autism and it is necessary for these children to assimilate into mainstream primary schools. Children with autism have significant strengths and can use these to develop skills that enable them to participate in society We work in partnership with EAP to achieve outstanding personalised services.
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