New care centres for children with disabilities to open early 2017

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A SPECIAL care centre for children with disabilities is planned to launch in Mawlamyine, the capital town of Mon State, at the beginning of next year, according to the Myanmar Autism Association.
With contributions of well-wishers and local charities, including the New Light Foundation and the Myanmar Autism Association, the new training centre will be located in the compound of the youth training centre in Sangyi Ward in Mawlamyine Town with the permission of Mon State government.
Daw San San Myint, vice chairman of the MAA, said well-trained experts will systematically provide individual care with the use of suitable teaching facilities.
Plans are underway to offer technical support for disabled children to care providers by both organisations.
The move aims to improve the lives of those children by providing specialised care, allowing for various kinds of disabilities, including physical, intellectual, audiological and visual impairments.
The centre will allow those from different backgrounds to receive special care. Needy children will not need to pay any fees for the rehabilitation services, but the centre will collect appropriate fees from those who can afford it.
The privately owned centers have been opened in Yangon, Mandalay and PyinOoLwin. There are eight centres in Yangon—two in Mandalay and one in PyinOoLwin. U Thike Tun, the father of an autistic child, said he welcomes the establishment of the training centre and believes it can help autistic children.
“There are many reclusive children with disabilities who are facing barriers to receive adequate rehabilitation services from the outside because of different reasons,” he said.

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