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Friday December 7, 2012

Autism centre relocates to Setia Alam

<b>Simply magic:</b> A magician showing two children some tricks at the Nasom One-
Stop Centre open day last weekend. Simply magic: A magician showing two children some tricks at the Nasom One- Stop Centre open day last weekend.

THE National Autism Society of Malaysia (Nasom) will be relocating relocating its autism centre to its new Nasom Kiwanis PJ Autism One-Stop Centre in Setia Alam.

The Nasom One-Stop Centre is a dedicated autism evaluation facility that provides screening, assessment and the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders in children.

“With one in every 88 children born with autism, it is important that parents are given a one-stop resource for accurate diagnosis, assessment and intervention as early as possible, so that they can lead near-normal lives in the future,” said Nasom board of management secretary Cason Ong.

The relocation of the Nasom One- Stop Centre to Setia Alam was made possible through a total of RM212,475 in funds jointly raised by Nasom and Drypers, in tandem with Drypers’ brand proposition of “Caring Completely”.

“Early assessment becomes essential in ensuring that they receive the appropriate support, so we are truly appreciative of Drypers’ invaluable contribution to this centre,” added Ong.

The funds collected were raised through a number of different joint activities throughout the year, including the Drypers ‘Bounce with Joy’ Family Arts and Crafts Explo-ration Workshop in November 2011, a walkathon in conjunction with World Autism Day in April 2012 and a concert featuring The Nasom’s children’s choir in May 2012. The funds raised will be utilised to cover the centre’s relocation cost.

Speaking at the launch of the centre, SCA Hygiene Malaysia senior marketing manager Evelyn Chan said, “We believe that we are in a position to assist Nasom to raise awareness about this condition, as well as create platforms that demonstrate the talents of children with autism and allow families to come together, in support of this cause.”

In conjunction with the opening of the centre, Drypers unveiled a giant wall mural filled will warm wishes and inspirational messages showcasing the heartfelt support for all visitors to the centre, from the Drypers Facebook community and general public.

Nasom also recently organised an open day to commemorate the centre’s opening, which saw a number of autism experts conducting autism awareness talks such as “Autism: Myth & Mystery” as well as “Building the Blocks of Academia through Creative Arts” for parents and care givers alike.

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