Special Needs Learning Centre graduates their first batch of students

The Special Needs Learning Centre (SNLC), part of the work of the Archdiocesan Office For Human Development (AOHD), celebrated their first ever graduates, Rubenraj Senthirajah, Adrian Michael Arulappu, Soosairaj Francis Jacob, Kumarendran@ Kannan and Jonathan Lee Thien Shui. The students received their certificates from Anthony Soter Cardinal Fernandez.

As April is an Awareness month for Autism, the school organised mass with the students and parents participating in the liturgy. Others came to help out too. Mass was celebrated by Father Bernard Hyacinth and con celebrated by Emeritus Archbishop Murphy Pakiam, Anthony Soter Cardinal Fernandez and Father Gregory Chan. We also launched the Autism Awareness month by lighting up a puzzle display and had a simple graduation ceremony after mass at Assumption church, Petaling Jaya. This was followed by lunch at Volle Hall. It was truly an emotional moment seeing the first batch of students dressed in their full suits and receiving their certificates. His Grace Archbishop Julian Leow joined us in the graduation ceremony.

The Special Needs Learning Centre (SNLC) first started in 2001 by a group of parents wanting to help their children who were diagnosed with Autism. As these boys grew, the need to train them life skills was crucial in order to help them manage their lives better and this is when Vocational Training Centre (VTC) opened in 2012.

The boys were taught using two widely accepted programmes which are Life Centred Career Education (LCCE) and Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH). Based on these curricular, the boys were taught six areas of life demand such as Vocation Skills, Vocational Behaviour, Interpersonal Behaviour, Independence Functioning, Leisure & Recreational Skills and Functional Communication.

We are very proud of these students and of their achievements. The next intake will be in August 2019.

Cheryl Kristine

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