Austism not a disease: Murad

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Inaugurates Rehabilitation Centre

Zafar Ahmed Khan

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah has inaugurated the first ever Center of Autism Rehabilitation & Training (C-ART) at Gulistan-e-Jauhar and said Center will facilitate children of poor and needy people.
On the occasion Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Abbas Baloch, Professor Dr Nabila Soomro and others were present.
He said Autism or disability was not a disease but it was a problem which the parents and the society have to understand to handle lovingly, medically and carefully. “It is our responsibility to support our children who are differently able,” he said.
He said that it was a big problem to establish institutions but the problem is to find dedicated and devoted professionals to run them in the public interest and make them genuine institutions. “Today we have established C-ART and we have found some dedicated persons like Dr Nabila Soomro and others to make this institution one of the best in South Asia,” he said and proudly said that it was the biggest C-Art institution in public sector in South Asia.
He pointed that through different presentations he has found that more people of administration were working in C-Art than the trainers or experts. “We have to increase the strength of trainers and teaching staff to make it a professional institution,” he said and added that he was ready to provide funds whatever the C-Art administration needs but “I want to see the actual results and genuine rehabilitation,” he said.
The chief minister urged C-Art administration to establish its satellite centers in others parts of the province. “There is dire need of such rehabilitation and training centers all over Sindh,” he said and gave the example of NICVD and said it has about eight satellite centers in different districts of the province.
Murad Shah said that the C-ART would cater to the needs of the children whose parents could not afford the fee of private institutions.

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