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Jakarta Post

Special needs children find place in society

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 11 2012   /  12:50 pm

Noreen Flores had a difficult time trying to enroll her son in school.

The boy, Jibrail, has Asperger’s Syndrome, which is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and repetitive routines. This condition made it’s difficult for Flores to find a school that her son liked.

“He would spend around an hour at one school, before telling me that he did not like the place. I would then have to register him at a different school,” Flores said.

Flores repeated this ritual of registration and rejection four times. It wasn’t until Flores discovered the Australia International School (AIS) in Jakarta that Jibrail found a school where he could settle down.

“I believe he immediately liked the AIS because of its orderly environment and friendly staff. In short, he didn’t feel alienated,” Flores said.

Jibrail is now 20. After spen...