24. September 2011 is a historic date for the Lao Autism Association: LAA held its First General Assembly! About 40 people, members as well as invided guest, gathered at the training center of the Lao Womens Union in Vientiane. As prescribed by the respective regulations, Mr. Noy Indavong, advisor to LAA, proclamed the decision of the Ministry of Home Affairs about the temporary prermission for LAA. The participants of the assembly discussed the draft by-laws of LAA and elected the governing bodies of LAA: the board of 5 members and a 3 members strong control commission. In its first meeting the newly elected board elected Mrs. Viengsam Soinxay as president of LAA for the first term of 3 years.
The General Assembly also discussed the draft regulation for the scholarship fund which will allow easier access to education services for children with autism.
According to the rules LAA submitted the report of the General Assembly, the draft by-laws, the protocol of the election as well as the decisions of the assembly to the Ministry of Home Affairs for further proceedings. Within 60 days we will know whether LAA will get a permanent license to operate. Special thanks to CRS who supported the generously General Assembly.
In the meantime our members do not just sit and wait. We prepare for the next big event, our first participation at the famous WIG Bazaar on 19. November 2011. Hope to see you there.