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It has not been easy for Sharon Lee, 60, single mother of a child with special needs, these last few years. Lee set up the Tender Hearts Cafe in Subang Jaya, Selangor, in April 2018 to offer skills training and job opportunities for special needs youths aged 17 and above who have completed their special or secondary education. The following month, at the end of May, Lee was diagnosed with breast cancer. After completing her...
To cope with the first movement control order (MCO) in March, Bake with Dignity – a social enterprise that provides paid employment for people with learning disabilities – sold vouchers in order to secure some income for rent and salaries. “The team decided to sell vouchers that could be redeemed for baked goods and savoury foods later,” said Pang Hin Yue, job coach and supervisor in charge of kitchen operations....
Grace Strobel has been making waves in the fashion industry for several years as a model, with her stunning photos seen around America and the world. She's quickly becoming a household name, as people learn about the 24-year-old who has Down Syndrome, from her appearances on local and national television and in the media.  This year, Strobel, from St. Louis, Missouri, was asked to participate in a campaign that fell close to her and...
Muhammad Salim Harmanain has a law degree and completed his chambering four years ago which in itself is a huge achievement for him considering that he is a wheelchair user and only his left hand is fully functional. However, he is forced to put aside his ambition of working as a lawyer simply due to the lack of facilities for people with disabilities (OKU) in workplaces. For five years, Muhammad Salim, 29, who has triplegia cerebral...
Self-employment is something persons with disabilities (PWDs) could consider. The lack of employment opportunities notwithstanding, it may just pay off handsomely, as attested by Mohd Sukur Ibrahim, who hails from Sungai Udang in Melaka. Mohd Sukur is the recipient of numerous awards including Best Person With Disability (PWD) Award (Entrepreneur Category) at the National PWD celebration 2014 and Reader’s Digest Inspiring Asian...
A university degree is often perceived by undergraduates as the ticket to jobs with a steady income and promising career advancement. But with a competitive job market and unpredictable economic landscape, this is no longer the case. For graduates with disabilities, the situation is even more challenging. With an uncertain business climate, many organisations and companies prefer to employ graduates who they think can hit the ground...
KUALA LUMPUR: Melaka Umno Liaison Committee deputy chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Mohamad and television personality Ras Adiba Radzi were sworn in as senators at Dewan Negara here today before the Senate President Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran. Both of them were appointed for the first time for a period of three years. Mohd Ali, 56, whose appointment took effect on May 11, will be representing Melaka in the Senate, while Ras Adiba, 51, who is...
These are some companies that hire people with disabilities, enabling them to contribute productively and be independent. McDonald’s Malaysia There are about 150 special needs employees working at McDonald’s Malaysia. Their work responsibilities include clearing tables, cleaning up the restaurant and working in the food production area. These individuals are hired based on their ability to communicate and understand simple...
ARRAS, France – Eleonore Laloux has battled all her life to be treated like others. Now the 34-year-old is waging a new campaign: to become one of the first women in France with Down syndrome to win a local council seat in this month’s municipal elections. Armed with a broad smile and a gritty determination, Laloux is canvassing for support in Arras, her hometown in northern France, talking up her ambitions for a cleaner town...
Ibrahim al-Kholy, an Egyptian who was born with Down syndrome, was appointed as a teaching assistant in the University of Canada in Egypt’s Mass Communication, Radio and Television department.   The 24-year-old fresh graduate launched his academic career this October in the same university, where he also received his bachelor’s degree. “The University of Canada in Egypt, led by its President Mhamoud Abo Elnasr...
Heba Atef became the first-ever Egyptian flight attendant with Down syndrome to embark on a special flight from Cairo to Khartoum entitled “The Journey of Humanity,” starting on Saturday, November 30 and lasting until Thursday, December 5.   Atef, a student at the Arab Open University in Egypt (AOU), accompanied a group of passengers with special needs alongside their families during the journey. In collaboration...
In this day and age, lots of people have the habit of going cafe-hopping during the weekends to look for good coffee and pastries. Well, we have one place to recommend to you! Located at Sungai Petani, Kedah, this cafe is run by children with special needs! They bake the bread themselves and at the same time, they make the coffee too! This cafe is at the  PEKAKA centre  in Sungai Petani. PEKAKA (Parents’ Support Group...