30th January 2015 - 6th February 2015
(Right Photo) President - CEO of SMARTER Brunei giving a briefing about the programs and the facilities we provide to the professionals from the Disability and Community Inclusion, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia at the Brunei Autism Centre for Adults (B.A.C.A.) in Kg Jangsak.
(Left Photo) Professionals from the Disability and Community Inclusion, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia were given a welcoming dinner wherein His Excellency, Todd Mercer, Australian High Commissioner and His Spouse, were the Guests of Honour. Individuals With Autism (IWAs) entertained the Guests of Honour, visitors, staff, parents and family members with their singing and dancing performances.
SMARTER Brunei in collaboration with the Australian Trade Commission and with the support of the Australian High Commission organized a Public Forum on the Current Trends and Strategies in Autism held at Dewan Kuhliah, Stadium Hassanal Bolkiah, Berakas, Brunei Darussalam last 5th February 2015. His Excellency, Todd Mercer, Australian High Commissioner graced the event as the Guest of Honour. Associate Professor Caroline Ellison and Ms Debbie Smith, a Lecturer from the Disability and Community Inclusion, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia were the speakers for the event. SMARTER family members, staff, parents with children with Autism, representatives from the different stakeholders such as Child Development Centre (CDC) and RIPAS Hospital of the Ministry of Health, Department of Welfare Development of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Special Education Unit of the Ministry of Education, other NGOs such as Pusat Ehsan, and other professionals.
President - CEO of SMARTER Brunei together with the SMARTER Brunei staff sent the professionals to the airport after their 8-day working visit to SMARTER Brunei. During the sent off, Ms Debbie Smith, a Lecturer from the Disability and Community Inclusion, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia together with Associate Professor Caroline Ellison presented the Evaluation of SMARTER Brunei
SMARTER Brunei was first assessed in 2008 by Ms Debbie Smith, where 3 GOLD STARS were obtained in 3 areas: Individual Evaluation, Instructional Methods and Family Involvement and Support. Now in 2015, Ms. Debbie Smith once again came back to Brunei to re-assess SMARTER Brunei using an amended version of the Autism Program Quality Indicators (APQI) wherein SMARTER Brunei obtained 14 GOLD STARS which is the highest score any schools or programs serving individuals living with autism spectrum disorders.
The APQI are a compilation of research-based review by national experts in the field of autism. The APQI were also reviewed by representatives from regional advisory groups to the New York Autism Network, including parents of individuals living with autism spectrum disorders, advocacy groups and school personnel. The original framework has been modified by other education authorities and this current evaluation of SMARTER Brunei incorporates the original New York Model plus some of the modifications adopted by the Colorado Department of Education (Colorado Autism Task Force, 2010) that remove specific references to the New York Education System.
In the news... (Courtesy of The Brunei Times)
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