Lorna Dawson, director of the new Autism Programme, gives government ministers a tour of the Lower Estate centre on Monday. Photo: NGOVOU GYANG

Autistic residents and their families will no longer have to travel abroad to seek help, officials said Monday during the opening of the new Autism Centre in Lower Estate.

The facility is already offering services, said Autism Programme Director Lorna Dawson.

“To date we have seen over 25 children. Not all of them will be diagnosed with autism,” Ms. Dawson said. “People have been concerned about what is happening with their children, and we now have a team on the ground that has the skills to provide that initial assessment.”

The centre is now seeing five adults and two children regularly, and it is expecting more clients soon, the director said.


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