Islamabad - A Special Centre for Autism would be inaugurated at National Special Education Centre for Mentally

Retarded Children (NSECMRC) H-8/4 this month for giving special attention to such children.

The centre is being established in three rooms of the currently available building of (NSECMRC) in which initially 30 children would be facilitated.  Addressing a seminar as chief guest on `Autism Awareness’, Secretary Capital Administration and Development Division, Muhammad Khalid Hanif said teachers’ training is imperative for better education of children suffering from Autism.

The seminar was organized here on Thursday at National Institute of Special Education H-8/4 to commemorate `World Autism Awareness Day’ observed on 2 April every year since 2008.

The secretary CADD said special attention should be paid on the issue of Autism and it should be included in inclusive education so that parents realize the nature of the disease and go for proper treatment rather than considering it a stigma.

Speakers informed the participants of the seminar that Autism is a complex developed disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. It is the result of neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain.

They said Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the area of social interaction and communication skills. Children and adults with Autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication and leisure or playing activities.

Later, Director NSECMRC, Ishrat Mashood informed that the Special Centre for Autism is being established on volunteer and self-help basis.

She said PC-1 has been prepared for establishing the centre at separate building with proper infrastructure and facilities for students including therapy and medical assistance.

She said that they planned to raise the number of enrolled students to 100 to cater the need of children suffering form the disease in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. For the purpose they require almost Rs 3.5 million so that proper staff including doctors, psychologist, etc. should be inducted and they would seek funding from both public and private sector.

Senior Joint Secretary CADD, Rukhsana Rehman and Director General Special Education Sibghat-Ur-Rehman, officials of ministry of CADD, doctors, parents and Students attended the seminar.