KUCHING AUTISTIC ASSOCIATION (KAA)

KUCHING AUTISTIC ASSOCIATION (KAA)

About Us

VISION

 

To enable people with autism to achieve their full potential in living useful, independent and economically productive lives.

 

MISSION

 

  • To provide educational and training opportunities for children and young persons with autism, through appropriate intervention programmes.
  • To equip care-givers and parents of people with autism with coping skills and training skills through seminars and support groups.
  • To develop public awareness of autism and promote community involvement and support for people with autism and their families.

OBJECTIVES

 

  • To promote the identification, treatment, education and rehabilitation of people with autism so as to enable them to achieve their full potential.
  • To provide early intervention programmes for children with autism, with emphasis on developing social, communication and living skills
  • To prepare pre-school children with autism towards integration into the school system
  • To provide pre-vocational training for teenagers with autism, with emphasis on developing their potential towards employment opportunities
  • To set up vocational training opportunities for young persons with autism
  • To conduct training programmes for care-givers, parents and educators of people with autism
  • To provide assistance and advice to families of people with autism
  • To enhance care-givers’ and parents’ coping skills through mutual support groups
  • To promote knowledge and sympathetic understanding of the problems and behaviour of people with autism
  • To familiarize and advise the community of the special skills, services and understanding necessary for the care and management of people with autism.
  • To act in the interests of people with autism.



What We Do

PRESENT TRAINING FACILITIES, STAFF & STUDENTS

 

The KAA is presently providing individualised special education and training for 105 autistic children, aged between 3 years and 36 years with the help of 30 staff at our permanent educational centre at Lorong 15, Jalan Desa Wira, Batu Kawa, Kuching.   The morning session is from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and the afternoon session is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The training sessions are held on Monday to Friday. The training session is 2-4 hours per day per child from Monday to Friday.

 

TRAINING PROGRAMMES AT KAA TRAINING CENTRE

 

Our programmes offer individuals ongoing opportunities to learn new skills. Areas of particular focus include:

  • Academics
  • Behaviour management
  • Functional language and communication
  • Gross and Fine Motor Skills
  • Self-advocacy / Self-help skills
  • Social skill development
  • Vocational skills

 

 

Programme Types and Structures

Elementary Instruction Programme (EIP):

  • For students ages 3-12
  • Programme features:
    • Duration = 2 hours
    • 1:1 session (1 hour): Ratio of 1 teacher to 1 student instruction in a classroom to work on student’s individual goals (i.e. academic, social, communication, self-help etc.)
    • Gym time (1 hour): Ratio of 1 teacher to 2 student instruction in the gym to work on play, social, group learning, as well as gross and fine motor skills

 

Secondary Instruction Programme (SIP)

  • Students 13-18 (graduated from EIP)
  • Programme features:
    • Duration = 2 hours
    • 1:1 or 1:2 teacher to student ratio
    • Programmes are individualized focusing on academic, pre-vocational and/or living skills

 

Vocational Programme (VP)

  • Students above age 18
  • Programme features:
    • Duration of programme: 2-4 hours
    • Students work on completing various vocational tasks: beadwork, arts and craft, office assistance, packaging etc.
  • Criteria for admission into the programme: ability to complete vocational tasks with minimal help; have basic self-help skills (e.g. toileting skills); space/openings available

 

Adult Day Programme (ADP)

  • Students above age 18 who do not meet criteria to enter the VP programme
  • Programme features:
    • Duration: 2-4 hours
    • Programme focuses more on student’s care needs (e.g. exercise, hygiene care, hobby, personal interest based on ability)
  • Criteria for admission into the programme: space/openings available

 

How You Can Help

The operation cost of KAA Resource and Educational Centre is high because of the need for one to one training. The current training / therapy fee is RM100 to RM350 per child per month, but the operating cost is about RM800 per child per month.  The deficit for 2017 is RM549,305.00 a year.  Hence the need for financial support from government, private organizations and the general public. Sponsorship of poor students is also welcomed.


**All donations are tax exempt.

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 On behalf of the less fortunate heart patients, thank you for your generosity and acknowledgement.

Location and Mailing Address

Kuching Autistic Association (KAA)
Lot 5492, Block 225 KNLD,
Lorong 15 , Jalan Desa Wira, Batu Kawa,
93250 Kuching, Sarawak.
Tel: 082-686363 / 010-2686363
Email: kaakch@gmail.com 

For more information, please visit our website: www.kaa.org.my

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