Daycare centres for children with autism coming to Mandalay, Mawlamyine
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.