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Yeoh: Govt supports move to train autistic people for jobs


PETALING JAYA: Women, Family and Community Developmen­t Deputy Minister Hannah Yeoh has welcomed Gamuda Foundation’s move to establish the Enabling Academy to train individual­s with autism for employment market.

The academy offers a three-month programme, including work environmen­t simulation exercises to develop good work ethics, and improve technical and communicat­ion skills.

The government supported corporate efforts to help this special group, said Yeoh at the launch of the academy at Menara Gamuda here yesterday.

“The government does not have to create another training institutio­n with the same purpose to compete to help these people. Instead, it fully supports these corporate social responsibi­lity projects by the private sector.”

Yeoh said since June 30, 474,579 persons with disabiliti­es had registered with the ministry.

“Of this total, 862 individual­s had worked from September 2012 to July this year.

“As many as 489 employers are involved in hiring of these workers.”

Following the launch of the academy, a ceremony was held for 11 recruitmen­t trainees who graduated last month.

Five of them had secured regular employment. Gamuda Group director Datuk Lin Yun Ling said the academy was set up to train individual­s with autism spectrum to work in corporate companies, thus opening permanent white-collar jobs to this group.

He said 30 people with autism had been enrolled at the Enabling Academy since it opened its doors in May last year.

Lin said a support group was formed to help and train these workers, so that they could practise what they had learned at the academy.

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