SMARTER to conduct Philippine workshop

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THE president of the Society for the Management of Autism Related Issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) Brunei will be flying off to Manila, the Philippines tomorrow to conduct a workshop for 100 participants on SMARTER’s strategies.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, Malai Hj Abdullah Malai Hj Othman said the seminar is entitled ‘Fast Bridge to Our World’and will touch on ways of helping individuals with autism (IWA).

“It’s an experiential workshop that will teach the participants about the tools and strategies that have been utilized by the SMARTER programme in Brunei,” he said.

The participants of the workshop will include parents and family members of IWAs as well as therapists, professionals and owners of centres for autism in the Philippines. The workshop is scheduled to commence on Saturday at the Cerecare Philippines Foundation, he said.

Malai Hj Abdullah said his trip to Manila will also give him the opportunity to visit various institutions and centres for autism as well as obtain Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with universities and colleges in the Philippines. He added that the fees from the workshop participants, after overhead deductions, will be used to raise funds for SMARTER.

“In April, there will also be around 30 delegates from the Philippines coming to Brunei who will be attached to SMARTER for hands-on experience from our side on ways to help IWAs.”

He said the centre has also made an agreement with the Special Education Unit of the Ministry of Education where 36 special education teachers will be participating in a work attachment programme with SMARTER. The two-week programme will be conducted at the SMARTER Autism EDGE Centre in Kg Mata-Mata.

The teachers will be divided into two batches, with the first batch starting on March 1 with a tour of the centre and briefing about the SMARTER programme.

The workshop will be from March 2-7 and March 8-14. The second batch will start the workshop in May.

The Brunei Times