Teen sues school, govt for failure to provide special needs education

Source: FMT News 

PETALING JAYA: A teenager, diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), has filed a suit against his school and government for failing to provide good-quality special education for him.

The 19-year-old boy also claimed the school had failed to protect him from being bullied by other students.

“The school does not have the facilities and system to categorise disabled students based on their learning disabilities.

“For instance, autistic students are generally labelled as students with learning difficulties, without focusing on their needs,” he said.

He pointed out that he was placed in a classroom (5DTP2), based on the school’s discretion without checking what his learning difficulties were.

The boy is a disabled (OKU) card holder and cannot be named for legal purposes.

He claimed the school and government had the responsibility to provide a safe and comfortable environment for his learning and were tasked to ensure the teachers and support staff were trained in handling special education classes. Read more

Mentally ill need a social lifeline

Source: The Star Online

Learning to get by: Nurses conducting a domestic therapy class for recovering mental health patients as part of UMMC’s rehabilitation programme. Pic from the Star Online.

Learning to get by: Nurses conducting a domestic therapy class for recovering mental health patients as part of UMMC’s rehabilitation programme. Pic from the Star Online.

KUALA LUMPUR: Mental health patients who have just recovered from severe or long-term illnesses could be at risk of slipping back without psychosocial rehabilitation, a service that is sorely lacking in Malaysia.

According to the Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA), many hospitals and treatment centres focus more on symptom remission, but not all provide extended care to ensure patients can reintegrate into society.

MMHA deputy president Datuk Dr Andrew Mohanraj gave an example of a schizophrenic patient who is brought in for treatment and given appropriate psychotropic medications to cure hallucinations and delusions.

“After a period, his hallucinations and delusions go away and symptom remission is achieved, but what about the skills lost in the process, the low self-esteem, the interruption in studies or work life, and social awkwardness? Read more

Welfare home with occupants in ‘cage’ under probe

Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry (KPWKM) is awaiting a report from its officials sent to a welfare home in Perak whose occupants were reportedly placed in a fenced cubicle like a cage.

Minister Rohani Abdul Karim said she was waiting for the follow-up report about the home, which has gone viral on social media.

“I instructed officials to go to that place … I am now waiting for a detailed report from them,” she told Bernama after appearing as a guest in a programme aired by the Bernama News Channel today. Read more