KUALA LUMPUR, July 19 – Tuanku Syed Putra Foundation (YTSP) aims to raise another RM5.5 million to realise its first full-fledged autism centre in Perlis.
Its board member, Datuk Dr Kamarudin Hussin said the foundation needed around RM6 million to expand an existing temporary centre operating within the campus of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP).
“Through various fundraising innitiatives, we managed to raise RM500,000. We need another RM5.5 million to establish the fully-equipped centre.
“This is because we want to serve a larger community and provide the best educational approach and support for people with autism, their parents, caregivers and professionals involved.
“With the expansion, we are committed to offer services such as early detection and intervention through treatment, therapy and other assistance.
“Usually the cost of education can be quite high, especially in Perlis and Kedah due to the lack of a specific centre for the group,” he said.
UniMAP vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said in Perlis, the number of people with autism are on the rise thus pointing to the need to expand the centre.
“Also, parents and caregivers too require support on how to deal with their autistic children,” he said.
The A-Heart Autism Centre project is an initiative which was started two years ago in collaboration with UniMAP.