SMARTER hopes to open larger centre for adults

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Society for the Management of Autism Related Issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) is hoping to open a new centre for educating adults with autism in the near future.

According to SMARTER President Malai Hj Abdullah Malai Hj Othman, the society is still in talks with relevant authorities regarding the matter.

“The old building is just a rental building. We need a new permanent building for the Brunei Autism Centre for Adults (BACA) because we’ll have more people coming in, especially the early development students. They’ll move to the adult centre... so we need to prepare,” he told _The Brunei Times _yesterday.

Malai Hj Abdullah said the current building in Kg Jangsak can only cater to around 50 students, and he hoped that the new building would be able to accommodate up to 100 students.

“Currently, we have 40 people (at BACA). (The building) can hold around 50 people. After that, we really need to find a new place,” he said.

He said with the new building, younger students from the Autism EDGE Centre in Kg Perpindahan Mata-Mata could continue to stay with SMARTER even when they turn older.

Malai Hj Abdullah said SMARTER would continue to speak with the authorities regarding a suitable building.

“Right now, we’re still speaking to the relevant authorities. We don’t know what will be given... whether it will be suitable or not. So we’re waiting, but we do need a new space,” he said.

He hoped the new building would be available by next year, as it is needed to cater to future adult students with autism.

He added that SMARTER was also open to donations from the public.

The Brunei Times