Day­care cen­tres for chil­dren with autism com­ing to Man­dalay, Mawlamyine

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TWO day­care cen­tres for chil­dren with autism and other spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion needs are ex­pected to open in Man­dalay and Mawlamyine around the start of 2017, ac­cord­ing to the Myan­mar Autism As­so­ci­a­tion.

The cen­tres are be­ing built through col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Autism As­so­ci­a­tion, the New Life Foun­da­tion, and the Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare.

Teacher train­ing is com­plete, said Autism As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent U Myint Lwin, but fund­ing is needed for the teach­ers.

There are many chil­dren with autism and other spe­cial needs in the coun­try, said a New Life Foun­da­tion of­fi­cial, but there are not enough pub­lic or pri­vate schools sup­port­ing them.

“It is not easy for the govern­ment to open these schools, now,” Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare deputy di­rec­tor gen­eral Daw San San Aye. “Govern­ment schools will be opened later. We can­not get these schools into the

‘We can­not get these schools into the bud­get at this time, thus our depart­ment is col­lab­o­rat­ing with pri­vate as­so­ci­a­tions.’ Daw San San Aye Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare

bud­get at this time, thus our depart­ment is col­lab­o­rat­ing with pri­vate as­so­ci­a­tions. We wel­come these cen­tres.”

There are govern­ment schools for chil­dren with spe­cial needs in Yan­gon and Man­dalay.

There are cur­rently 16 pri­vate autism cen­tres na­tion­wide: 10 in Yan­gon, three in Man­dalay, two in Pathein town­ship, and one in Pyin Oo Lwin town­ship.

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