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Autism Awareness Carnival

Posted at April 29th, 2011 | Categorised in Events And Promotions

Many of us may not be aware of the fact that April is ‘Autisme Awareness Month’ or a time to be thoughtful about the challenges faced by autistic persons.  In conjunction with Autisme Awareness Month, a mini carnival is held at Palm Square, 4th Floor, Centre Point Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, from the 29th April – 30th April 2011.

Autisme Awareness Carnival

Autisme Awareness Carnival’ is organised by an NGO, C.H.I.L.D. and participated by a few other parties such as the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Public Welfare Department, Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

The theme being ‘The Many Faces of Autism’, the organisers hope that it will instil awareness about autisme among parents and knowledge on how to approach the issue.

Autism-Awareness-Carnival2 Palm Square

The participants also provided explanation on how to recognise the signs of autism in children and alternative ways of managing autistic children.




There are a few centres in Sabah that provide consultation to help autistic children and C.H.I.L.D. is one of the famous ones.  Before my son was placed in Special Education Class in a school here in Kota Kinabalu, he has attended a few sessions at C.H.I.L.D. and few other special centres such as Seri Mengasih and Stepping Stone Child Learning Centre.

Sensory Integration

At the carnival, I had the opportunity to view the latest reference books published by Universiti Malaysia Sabah and being introduced to ‘Sensory Integration’ therapy provided by Sensory Integration Centre located at Taman Kinenty Luyang, Kota Kinabalu. 

For those interested to learn more, do visit the carnival.

The Welfare Department

The Welfare Department is available to give info on how to register a child as a disabled person (‘OKU’) which is necessary for those who wishes to enrol their child into the Special Education classes.

Registration as an OKU is a pre-requisite for enrolment into Special Education.

There are a few schools in Kota Kinabalu that offer ‘Integrated Special Education’ such as:

  • S.K. Luyang
  • S.K. Bukit Padang
  • S.K. Kolombong
  • S.K. Bahang, etc. 

For more info on how to enrol a child into the ‘Integrated Special Education’ program, please enquire from the Education Department, who also participate in the carnival.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is there to impart info on their own occupational therapy.

Their paediatric department is also there to answer questions on how to get treatment and reference letter for OKU registration.


I was delighted to see the products handcrafted by autistic children at the Autism Awareness Carnival. As you can see from the photos, they are lovely and creatively done. The price is also very reasonable.

For those in Kota Kinabalu, I hope you can spare some time to support this Autism Awareness Carnival. Your visit is much appreciated.

Thank you.

Kota Kinabalu Travel Guide

6 Comments for Autism Awareness Carnival

  • Lara says:

    What a great thought. I would like to say thanks for telling us your thoughts. We will for sure share your page. Sometimes tough to find quality comments.We just purchased a book on the exact matter and was pretty informative, but you explained a few things that the book failed to do.

  • nesmaly says:

    Helo.. I found out early this year tat my son hv mild autism so since then i enroll him in stepping stone school … I c tat school participated in your programme so i need to know when will your event this year 2014. I sure hope can come to the carnival. Thank you

  • ENRICO says:

    Hi there ! Thank you so much for your very informative article about kinaautism awareness in Kota kinabelalu I have a child who was diagnosed woth autism disorder he is now currently in Kota Kinabalu He is 4 years old coming 5 this september and barely speaks I just Wanna ask you if theres a cetre that can help the speech develepment of my child like the one lyou mentioned CHILD but im trying to find its address at the net but i couldnt lfind it can you help me send me the link of their website. Thank you so much and God bless us all

    • Hi Enrico,
      I understand your concern & will try to assist you. Frankly, it has been quite a long time since I had any contact with CHILD and Stepping Stones. Both CHILD and Steeping Stones were in the Kepayan Ridge area. I will drive by the area this weekend and see whether they are still there. Will update you soon ya. Meanwhile, you could also visit the Seri Mengasih Centre in Tg Aru and inquire whether they can help you with this matter. I’m very certain that they would have some ideas on how to go about this. Hang in there ya.

      • neslty says:

        Hi enrico did u find the stepping stone place im already enroll my son in tat centre also i also waiting list at seri mengasih. Just email me if u hv another school for ur son thk u

  • ENRICO says:

    hi there we are at the same boat… im just wondering if you know a centre where i can send my 5 year old son who was diagnosed of autism just this june to help him with his speech development thank you so much..can you send me the address of the stepping stone school

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