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The development process of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) included physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually, and others.  Unfortunately, the ASD available symptoms have been shown to significantly affect negatively such a low negative well-being (Gardiner & Iarocci, 2012: Ilias, Liaw, Cornish, Park, & Golden, 2017) and lead to stress among caregivers especially family as the main starter for ASD development.  This study focuses on autism caregivers which is one of the mental health prevalence that commonly affecting youth beside bipolar disorder, conduct disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders, learning disorders, eating disorders, and childhood onset schizophrenia (Kamarulzaman & Jodi 2018).  The rising of this ASD prevalence has raised concerns about the burden on government subsidies and government, caregivers still been burdened by financial stress to proper raised children with ASD.  Beside financial, the psychological stress also burdens autism caregivers.  According to Picardi et al., (2018), for caregivers, having a child with ASD are multifaceted and pervasive.  This study aimed at exploring the subjective and objective burden of autism caregivers, and at the same time, improving the understanding about their internal burden, child’s characteristics, and parents’ coping resources and strategies.  In fact, government or policy maker should move towards setting up alternative in a planned manner in ensuring that the alternative selected are in place.  The general finding of this paper will show that, there should be strong willingness from government to devote, and make waqf institution as one of the financing capitals for ASD prevalence.  Waqf as a financing instrument plays a huge role in upgrading the capabilities of the needy, especially to children with ASD and their caregivers.  The function of waqf as Islamic financial instrument is proven in enhancing well-being in general and specifically for improving the quality of life of Muslim.  Hence, this institution surely can assist the issue as alternative resources for government’s ASD expenditure.


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Faculty of Business and Management & Center for Islamic Philanthropy and Social Finance, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Alor Gajah Branch, KM26 Jalan Lendu, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka, Malaysia 1,2,3

Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Alor Gajah Branch, KM26 Jalan Lendu, 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka, Malaysia 4



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