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Microsoft partners WRTS on coding programme for autistic kids – The Malaysia Reserve

Kids gymnasium We Rock The Spectrum (WRTS) announced its long-term partnership with Microsoft Malaysia to enhance the development of autistic children in the country.

This partnership will include coding experience as part of the gym’s programme.

“We are trying to empower autistic children with technology, with the hopes that they can overcome challenges they face,” Microsoft MD K Raman (picture) told The Malaysian Reserve (TMR).

He said the partnership to include the coding programme is in line with the company’s efforts to democratise technology and bridge the opportunity divide.

“We believe empowerment begins with inclusion and technology should be shared with everyone, especially youths, as today’s digital natives are tomorrow’s digital workforce,” he added.

Microsoft organised an “Hour of Code” in collaboration with WRTS to commemorate the World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) 2018 recently.

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Autistic teen doesn’t eat, but sure can bake – FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Although a little thin, Muhammad Daniel Mohd Idham looks like any other 17-year-old, but there’s something very different about him – he has never eaten solid food in his life.

Daniel suffers from an eating disorder brought about by his autism, which was diagnosed when he was seven years old.

His mother, Shuhaila Saidon, said her son refused to eat solid food and would only consume liquids such as milk or juices and food that has been blended in liquid form.

FMT met Daniel and Shuhaila at the Autism Youth Bazaar, an initiative by Autism Cafe Project (ACP) founder Mohd Adli Yahya and the daughter of former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Nori Abdullah, who is behind We Rock The Spectrum (WRTS).

Speaking to FMT, Shuhaila said when Daniel was three years old, her friends had noticed there was something different about him.

However, at that time, she did not know what to do about it.

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Mall hosts bazaar selling products by autistic youth – FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Activists working to help autistic children today launched a bazaar featuring only products made by autistic youth, in a bid to help the community to be independent.

The Autism Youth Bazaar at the Evolve Concept Mall in Ara Damansara features more than 10 different booths selling items made by the autistic youth and their families. The items include cookies, cakes, handicrafts, paintings, jewellery and clothing items.

It was an initiative by the daughter of former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Nori Abdullah, who is behind We Rock The Spectrum (WRTS), and Autism Cafe Project (ACP) founder Mohd Adli Yahya.

Also present today was United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) representative in Malaysia, Marianne Clark-Hattingh.

Nori, who is the wife of Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, hopes those interested to provide opportunities for autistic youth will come forward to work with her organisation.

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In & Out KL: We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym Launch – Hurr.TV

California-based kids’ gym We Rock The Spectrum specialises in giving children a safe place to play and be themselves. In this episode, Swarna Naidu takes us into We Rock The Spectrum’s first international outpost at Evolve Concept Mall for the launch, where CEO & Founder Dina Kimmel, co-founder Nori Abdullah and our own Minister of Youth & Sports Y.B. Khairy Jamaluddin share their thoughts!

Rock-hard support for those with autism – The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: The sun had barely risen when Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and his second son Timor were getting ready for a morning walk.

All around them, other parents were raising their children’s spirits with motivating words and promises of treats afterwards at the 2.8km-long The Rock Walk 2017.

Father, son and his other family members led the 200-strong group for the walk yesterday morning to raise awareness for autism and also funds for the National Autism Society of Malaysia (Nasom).

Raising Timor, who is autistic, means Khairy is keenly aware of parents’ concerns on how to empower them to live independently as adults.

“Early intervention for autistic children is a good move but it is not enough to ensure they are cared for. As a nation, we cannot call ourselves developed or progressive if we are unable to care for all our people,” he said in his speech after the walk.

Things are about to change for the better as Nasom and the ministry are discussing details for a pilot programme offering skills training to school leavers with autism.

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Where special kids can come out to play – The Star Online

WITH the opening of We Rock The Spectrum (WRTS), a US-based special-needs gym franchise, at Evolve Concept Mall, Ara Damansara, there is finally a place where autistic children can play with their friends without worry.

WRTS provides children of all abilities with a place in which to play and grow together.

The gym at Evolve Concept Mall offers 10 uniquely designed therapy-based equipment to help children improve their sensory stimulation and neural development, namely zip line, zip box with slide, crash pit, trampoline, tunnel, carpet swing, hammock swing, climbing structure, bolster swing and swivel rotators.

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Special Needs Gym Franchise Opens First International Location in Malaysia – Crossroads Today

We Rock the Spectrum, the rapidly-growing franchise that provides a sensory-safe gym for children of all abilities to play and grow together, announces its first international location to open in Malaysia on December 22nd. The company became a franchise in 2014, and in less than two years has grown to more than 60 locations in the United States. Each location features 10 uniquely designed pieces of therapy-based equipment that provide children with the sensory stimulation and input they need for improved development.

CEO and Founder, Dina Kimmel, opened the first gym in Tarzana, California in 2010 after her son, Gabriel, was diagnosed with autism. She struggled to find a place where he could be accepted and understood without having to apologize for his behavior. Upon opening, Kimmel received overwhelming local support — especially from the autism and special needs communities.

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Criticise constructively, Khairy tells youth movements – The Star

PETALING JAYA: Youth movements who want to criticise or provide feedback to the Government on issues should do so constructively, says Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

“Although the youth may not agree with government policies or have a critical view of the Government, at least they can contribute constructively towards the development of the country.

“If they want to contribute to the development of the youth, as minister, I welcome them. But it must done positively,” he said after launching the first children’s special needs gym franchise at Ara Damansara here yesterday.

Khairy was commenting on the setting-up of a youth movement called Demi Malaysia as a counter initiative to the Government’s Malaysian Youth Parliament initiative.

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