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  Suva Special School, Hilton Early Intervention Centre and Fiji School for the Blind celebrated World Autism Awareness Day yesterday. School asssistant headteacher and chairperson of Autism Awareness Programme of
02 Apr 2016 12:56
Understand, Inspire And Empower
Aman Kumar of Suva Special School enjoy the play equipments donated by New Zealand High Commissionet during World Autism Awareness day . Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

 

Suva Special School, Hilton Early Intervention Centre and Fiji School for the Blind celebrated World Autism Awareness Day yesterday.

School asssistant headteacher and chairperson of Autism Awareness Programme of Fiji, Rosie Baleiwai said that they have been celebrating the awareness programme for the past five years.

“We celebrate Autism Awareness Day for parents, teachers and the society to educate and understand on what autism is,” Mrs Baleiwai said.

New Zealand High Commissioner Mark Ramsden who was the chief guest of the event, said that the celebration values the right and full participation of individuals with autism.

“It is the chance for us to recognise and take measures to encourage people to be more tolerant of those with autism,” Mr Ramsden said

“Families and education are the main mediums we can improve the quality of life and functional independence of children with special needs.”

Mr Ramsden said the New Zealand High Commission Fund has provided financial assistance of  $3,000 for play equipment such as double seat sea saw, trampoline, adventure tables, four sides rides, tower with tunnel and team work play parachute.

In addition to this, there has been a $2000 worth of library books to assist in the children’s academic work.

“We hope the donations will have lasting positive effect on children’s development and the educational facilities benefit students to increase its capacity to cater for more children with special needs,” Mr Ramsden said.

Emotional Mrs Baleiwai said: “Always recognise the ability and not look at the disability of these children.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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