KOTA KINABALU, June 19 (Bernama) -- Sabah Community Development and Consumer
Affairs Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun lauded a suggestion by the Prime
Minister''s wife for the government to set up a special school for autistic
children so they too can receive a wholesome education.
She said this showed Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor''s concern towards the welfare
of autistic children.
"In Sabah, the Sri Mengasih school accepts autistic children, but it is
better for a special school to be established especially for this group of
children," she told reporters after chairing a State Women and Family
Development meeting at Wisma Wanita, near here today.
Azizah was asked to comment on the suggestion made by Rosmah yesterday on a
school for autistic children in Malaysia.
Rosmah was quoted as saying the school could emulate the Ivymount School in
Rockville, United States of America, where its staff help autistic children to
gain confidence through music, dance and singing.
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Based on her visit to the school in 2010, Rosmah, who is also Permata Negara
patron, said autistic children could better understand what is being taught
Azizah hoped when the school is established, one could be set up in Sabah.
"We welcome the federal government to create such schools. This is a good
sign and shows the government''s concern towards all groups, in line with the
Prime Minister''s policy to ensure no one is neglected in development efforts,
including education," she added.
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