The launching of SMARTER Brunei Bistro and Cafe as well as SMARTER Brunei's Employment Program which aims to generate more job opportunities for Adults with Autism are finally achieved. The launch of the program also contributes to the success of SMARTER Brunei as a centre of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, A-S-D for knowledge, Information and System References, Education and Training, Employment Agency. The SMARTER Brunei Bistro and Cafe and SMARTER Brunei's Employment Program was launched yesterday morning by Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Yang Berhormat in his speech acknowledged the strong collaboration of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education in realising the establishment of SMARTER Brunei Bistro and Cafe in their efforts to ensure that individuals with Autism is not left behind.

SMARTER Brunei has started social entrepreneurship as early as 2008, to ensure Individuals with Autism will have employment, through Brunei Autism Centre for Adult, BACA Centre. The Apprenticeship Program is for 12 to 18 years old students that will undergo 7 types of CBT program. Sheltered Employment is offered to the students 18 years above where their task is simple, repetitive, non-demanding, no deadline, not target oriented, sheltered and protected from any kind of work related stress, Supported Employment is also offered to students 18 years above where their working environment is similar to normal working environment but with High Visual Support, structured with clear steps of more than 2 tasks needed to do and need to meet a set targets and more complex tasks, and Open Employment is offered to every student of working age that needs minimal supervision, can multi-task, have initiative and can solve, with appropriate and relevant support. At present, SMARTER has 17 in supported employment, 4 in sheltered employment and 15 undergoing Apprenticeship Program.

Source: Radio Television Brunei