Karachi is home to a free-of-cost centre
PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari wants the Sindh government to inaugurate satellite centers of the Centre for Autism Rehabilitation and Training Sindh (C-ARTS) in rural Sindh.
During the inauguration of the C-ARTS facility in Karachi’s Gulistan-e-Jauhar on Saturday, he said establishing this centre in the public sector was a great achievement.
He directed Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to establish satellite centres in the rural areas of the province. “Our poor people living in rural areas have no knowledge of autism and if someone manages to diagnose the problem in their child, they have no resources to rehabilitate the child,” said Bilawal.
He added that rehabilitating children with autism is a gigantic task and involves dedicated professionals who are aware of the delicacy of problem and also have loving hearts. “Children with autism need our love, care and affection for rehabilitation,” he said.
Bilawal was appreciative of CM Shah for establishing the centre where more 15,000 children have been enrolled. “I quite happy to see the parents of children with autism being given training to handle their children,” he said, adding that the state-of-the-art institute would flourish and provide the best services because it has the best team to run it.
The CM said the provincial government has always kept the health of its people as its utmost priority, even more so when children are concerned. “So it gives me great pleasure to announce that the centre is the first of its kind in Pakistan,” he said.
Private institutions have been taking advantage of desperate parents for too long, he said, announcing that C-ARTS will be operating free of charge.
But C-ARTS won’t just be focusing on academics. Shah said it will help develop skills that these children can use later to get jobs. “Aiding them in this long journey will be a multifaceted team including but not limited to special educators, occupational therapists, psychologists, speech therapists and skilled trainers in sports, music and art,” he said, explaining that there will also be a consultant clinic that will provide medical provisions to children.