3rd Meeting of the Task Force on Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community

Source:Asean

The Task Force on Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community has concluded its third meeting on 22-23 June 2017 in Phuket, Thailand. The Meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Leo Herrera-Lim, Chair of the AICHR and Representative of the Philippines to the AICHR and H.E. Dr. Mu’man Nuryana, Chair of SOMSWD and SOMSWD Focal Point of Indonesia.

The Meeting extensively discussed the outline of the Regional Action Plan on Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN, taking into consideration the priority areas indicated in the Mobilisation Framework of ASEAN Decade of Persons with Disabilities 2011-2020. Read more

Let workers with dyslexia thrive in right roles

Source: Free Malaysia Today 

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Malaysian Employers Federation executive director Shamsuddin Bardan says bosses must identify what are the hidden talents of their employees who are dyslexic – Pic taken from FMT news

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) says companies should bring out the best in their workers if they are known to have dyslexia.

Its executive director Shamsuddin Bardan said that bosses must know the strengths of their dyslexic workers and assign them jobs which they can perform well. Read more

Creating opportunities for those with disabilities

Source: NST Online

National paralympian (from L) Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli, Siti Noor Radiah Ismail, Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi, and Abdul Latif Romly pose with their respective gold and bronze medals they won at Rio 2016 Paralympics. Bernama pix.

National paralympian (from L) Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli, Siti Noor Radiah Ismail, Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi, and Abdul Latif Romly pose with their respective gold and bronze medals they won at Rio 2016 Paralympics. Bernama pix.

IT is nice to talk about a society that is inclusive and accessible to Persons with Disabilities (PWD), but do we know what that entails?

What do they need to take care of their families as well as attain their ambitions?

How many Malaysians have asked themselves these questions?

Social welfare workers and activists do not count.

The average Malaysian is likely to look at a PWD and express sympathy to a friend or two, besides making a small donation when someone asks for it, but it stops at that. The reality suggests that Malaysia has yet to wake up to disability. PWD are among the vulnerable groups in the society, according to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam).

The country ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on July 6, 2010, with reservations about Articles 15 and 18.

It has not signed the Optional Protocols to this convention. However, the Commission notes that ratification of the CRPD is a step towards proving Malaysia’s readiness to translate these rights into action. Read more