After the first meetings with representatives from Singapore during the recent meetings of the ASEAN Autism Network AfA was very privileged to welcome Mr Yew Teng Leong, President of Rainbow Centre, and his wife, Mr Dennis Ang, CEO of St. Andrew’s Autism Centre, and Mr Malcolm Wong, Deputy Executive Director of Rainbow Centre from 16.-18.01.2017.
Besides a visit to Vientiane Autism Center with a very fruitful discussion about possibilities for future cooperation with AfA the guests had the opportunity to get a first-hand impression about the current status of support to persons with autism and to persons with disability in general by visiting the National Committee on Persons with Disabilities and the Elderly (NCDE) and the Inclusive Education Center of Ministry of Education and Sports.
Visit to Saphanthong Neua[/caption]Visits to the inclusive schools Phia Wat (secondary school) and Saphanthong Neua (primary school) gave also an insight into this activity as VAC sends students, accompanied by teachers, to both schools.
The Singaporean experts shared their experiences with special focus on two innovative approaches: Family-centered early intervention for families with children suspected to belong to the autism spectrum in the age bracket below 1 year to 3 years and provision of services to adults with autism. AfA is very interested in these experiences as the association is also challenged by cases in those age groups. A second major field of possible cooperation was training of staff and families on a broad number of subjects related to services for persons with ASD and their parents/guardians. Very detailed talks have been held with regard to support of activities planned by AfA for the year 2018. We will keep you informed.
We take this opportunity to express also our thanks to Mercure Hotel Vientiane and it’s Director Mr Christopher Yew who was once more very supportive.