Website launched to provide information on autism
Asia-Pacific, ICT, November 8 2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor yesterday launched the Malaysian Information Network on Disabilities’ (MIND) website which has been upgraded with comprehensive and detailed information on autism.
In her speech, Rosmah, who is also PERMATA programme patron, said the upgrading of the website was a strategic collaboration between the Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (BAKTI), MIND and the PERMATA Kurnia national autism centre to disseminate information about autism in a more comprehensive manner.
“Realising the rising phenomenon of autism and the needs of parents involved, I had proposed for BAKTI-MIND to upgrade its website by providing hyperlink to PERMATA Kurnia (autism) centre’s website.
“This way, the functions of MIND’s website, which already has a large user base, can be optimised in the wide dissemination of information about autism, besides creating new target groups,” she said.
Rosmah said the website could also function as a networking platform connecting persons with disabilities (OKU) and the relevant bodies that could help them improve their potentials.
Rosmah said the hyperlink to the PERMATA Kurnia’s website made available in the MIND’s website would facilitate parents, therapists and the general public to obtain latest information on autism quickly and accurately.
She said the findings of research on autism, which was conducted via evidence-based practice had also been uploaded into the website to enable users to learn the latest development on autism.
Also developed to help the target groups was the iKurnia, the country’s first online education courses covering the aspects of Basic Autism, Basic Intervention and iKurnia LIVE.
“It is available through the OpenLearning or YouTube platform, which can be accessed around the clock,” she said.
Meanwhile, Rosmah said research conducted by scientists across the globe revealed a steep rise in the number of autism cases with the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated one per cent increase in the prevalence of autism in a country.
“If that is the case, with the current population of 31 million, it is estimated that 310,000 children in Malaysia are living with autism,” she added.