| Izah Azahari |
SMARTER Brunei yesterday held a dinner to welcome two of the speakers for the ‘Public Forum About Current Trends and Strategies in Autism’ which will be held in collaboration with the Australian Trade Commission and the support of the Australian High Commission on February 5, 2015.
The guest of honour at the event was Todd Mercer, the Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, who was welcomed by Malai Haji Abdullah bin Malai Haji Othman, the Chief Executive Officer of SMARTER Brunei.
The two Australian speakers, who were welcomed at the dinner held at the Royal Brunei Golf and Country Club, are Associate Professor Caroline Ellison from Finders University, Australia and Debbie Smith.
During the forum, Smith will be talking about the APQI, covering the autism specific issues around DSM-V changes in diagnostic criteria, current theories and approaches, useful/practical tools and strategies, while Associate Professor Ellison will be discussing disability and service delivery trends, National Disability Insurance Scheme being introduced in Australia, and Person-centred approaches to support.
They are also here to discuss with the relevant agencies about the eight interns they will be sending to Brunei in September 2015 for a three-week attachment to learn about autism in the sultanate.
The forum will be held at the Lecture Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas. Those who wish to attend should contact Malou Radovan at 2661830 or 8918127 to register because seats are limited.