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Improvement of functioning conditions in the Vientiane Autism Centre and support for social integration of children with autism in Laos

Vientiane is the capital of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The level of public awareness about autistic disorders is still low in Laos, particularly in rural and mountainous areas. Lack of knowledge leads to children with autism being perceived as children who “take more time to learn to speak” or who are “somewhat introverted.” The Vientiane Autism Centre focuses on providing help in education and therapy for children and adults affected by autism.

Improvement of functioning conditions in the Vientiane Autism Centre and support for social integration of children with autism in Laos

Between 1 June and 31 December 2015, the Embassy of Poland in Bangkok prepared a project to renovate and furnish the Vientiane Autism Centre, designed for persons affected by autism. The centre is an education and therapy institution situated in Vientiane, the capital of Laos.

The project envisaged the construction of special kitchen premises that would also serve as a canteen. The interior was adapted to the needs of the wards of the Vientiane Autism Centre. In addition, premises were prepared for vocational training in the baking and the confectionery trade. At the moment of project completion, the centre was waiting for the delivery of furnishings for the premises, which were provided by the other donor participating in the project (a private Australian-Lao joint venture).

Improvement of functioning conditions in the Vientiane Autism Centre and support for social integration of children with autism in Laos

Thanks to the project’s implementation, the wards of the Vientiane Autism Centre (more than 40 children) and the teaching staff (20 people) can use the premises set aside for a canteen and kitchen. These premises can also be used for vocational courses for project beneficiaries.

The project was a response to the need for modernisation of the surroundings for the centre’s wards, combined with the need for the wards’ personal and vocational development. Thanks to the project, individuals under the care of this institution will be able to raise their qualifications and acquire practical skills in the baking and confectionery trade.