SMARTER to organise family camp this month

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Society for the Management of Autism Related Issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) Brunei and Australia’s Flinders University will be organising a family camping event this month.

The event — themed SMARTER ACES (Autism Camp Empowering Success) — will be held from September 23-24 at the Berakas Forest Reserve.

The camping activity is part of a three-week attachment programme foe the 12 Flinders University students under the Australian government’s New Colombo Plan.

SMARTER Brunei President Malai Hj Abdullah Malai Hj Othman said the camp will include teambuilding activities for the staff and university students.

Activities include treasure hunts, swimming, games, morning exercises, creating artworks, indoor activities and a talent show.

“The concept of having a camping activity is to give individuals with autism an EDGE (education, development, growth and empowerment,” said Malai Hj Abdullah.

This means education on the concepts involved, further development of their skills... especially in their social aspect, the growth of individuals with autism as independent individuals and empowerment of these individuals so they will be able to adapt, function and experience being fully involved and accepted in a real life scenario, he said.

SMARTER Brunei and Flinders University will also be holding the 8th National Conference on Autism from September 30 to October 1 at the Al-Afiah Hall at the Ministry of Health (MoH).

The conference will carry the theme ‘SMARTER’S WISE (Welcoming, Inviting, Supporting and Encouraging) Strategy’.

Malai Hj Abdullah said the papers that will be presented at the conference will touch and focus on looking at programmes and strategies used by SMARTER Brunei and stakeholders in Brunei such as the Ministry of Education through the Special Education Unit, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS), and the MoH.

He said the conference will also see a sharing session from the relevant agencies, parents of individuals with autism and participants from the work attachment programme.

The conference will also see a keynote address from Debbie Smith, a lecturer and first year coordinator of the Bachelor of Disability and Development Education, Disability and Community Inclusion course, School of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University.

Dr Kerrie Lante, a lecturer of Interprofessional Communication for Health, Human and Disability Service Professionals at the university, will also deliver a talk during the conference.

The Brunei Times