Room designed for students with autism inaugurated at the University campus
A furnished room for students, who are on the spectre of autism, was inaugurated at the University of Malta. The €35,000 project was carried out in collaboration between Marigold Foundation and the University Students Council.
The Calm Room on the univeristy campus is aimed at facilitating the experience of students on the spectre of autism and those students who need a quiet atmosphere with calm space equipped with sensorial equipment.
The University’s Pro-Rector, Prof. Carmen Sammut, said that for the first time, this year there will be students who are on the spectre of autism who will graduate from the University, while the institution is facilitating the experience of these students on campus. In 2017, she added, a reform was introduced with the support of Marigold Foundation so that the University’s senate implements the requisites of updated entrance for students who are on the spectre of autism.
Marigold Foundation Michelle Muscat said the project is a part of a chain of initiatives aimed to offer concrete support for those with autism. She added that the Foundation is providing financial support to the Parents Association of children with autism so that they update themselves with developments in research and therapies being adopted internationally.
Parliamentary Secretary Clifton Grima thanked the Marigold Foundation and the University Students Council for their collaboration, adding that such projects show the importance of voluntary organisations so that these students do not feel excluded from the students’ community.