COOPERATION: Malaysia to benefit from world's leading body on autism care
NEW YORK: MALAYSIA'S Permata Kurnia, a programme of early intervention for autistic children and their families, will collaborate with Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science, awareness and advocacy organisation here.
The cooperation will educate the public and enhance a community's sensitivity to the needs of autistic individuals and their families.
Permata patron Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is also the wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, said Autism Speaks would offer advisory service to Permata Kurnia.
A Permata Kurnia centre for 10 autistic children is scheduled to open in Kuala Lumpur in 2015.
"We have presented our plans, approaches and programmes to ensure they are in accordance with international standards," Rosmah said after attending the Sixth Annual World Focus on Autism here on Thursday.
She was one of the guest speakers at the event.
Autism Speaks was founded by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism, in February 2005. Bob Wright is a former vice-chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal.
Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than US$200 million (RM645 million) to research and develop innovative programmes.
Autism Speaks has established partnerships with more than 40 countries to foster international research and awareness. Bernama