PERMATA Kurnia is part of the PERMATA programme and as the Patron of PERMATA Programme, YABhg. Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor’s interest in autism came about when she visited a centre for children with autism managed by a non-profit organisation in Malaysia in 2012. While she understood their good intentions to give the best to the children, they had insufficient resources and facilities to do so. The learning environment at the centre was not conducive to the children’s development and the facilities were inadequate compared to other established centres around the world. Hence, it is for this very reason that she is extremely determined to set up a centre that can provide children with autism and the families with excellent and conducive learning environment.
Hence, through research, observations, visits and learning from the experience of others, PERMATA decided to establish a centre which primarily aims at enhancing awareness on ASD and provides early intervention to help children with ASD develop their fullest potential, and to prepare them for mainstream primary school education.
PERMATA literally means “jewel” signifying that children are the jewels of the nation while “Kurnia” means a special gift. We chose the word “kurnia” because these children are special gifts for us to accept them as they are and to nurture them to the best that we can. We have the power to unlock their potential and nurture them into wonderful, productive citizens who are able to contribute to society.
The primary aim of PERMATA Kurnia is to enhance awareness on autism. It is a well thought and comprehensively designed programme. PERMATA has collaborated with Autism Speaks, an international autism advocacy organization based in the United States.PERMATA Kurnia also receives unwavering support and assistance from the Prime Minister’s Department, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and also NGOs.
PERMATA Kurnia is established to meet the following objectives
To educate children with autism to become independent, contributing members of society
To empower parents to enable them to provide appropriate care giving to nurture their children’s development
To provide training and consultation to teachers and therapists on evidence-based strategies in educating children with autism
To heighten public awareness on autism and the challenges faced by individuals with autism and their families
To become a model for future centres throughout the country