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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...
In 2016, Starbucks opened its  first store dedicated to providing employment opportunities for members of the deaf community. Today, Starbucks is celebrating yet another milestone with the opening of its second Signing Store in Penang. On Tuesday, 19 November, Starbucks announced the grand opening of the Penang Signing Store on its  Facebook  page. The post read, "Our second Signing store in...
Paul Simon knows a talent when he hears the person sing. That is why the singing icon allowed Kodi Lee to perform Simon And Garfunkel’s 1970 hit  Bridge Over Troubled Water  during the quarter-finals of  America’s Got Talent . On Wednesday, Lee crossed the final bridge to become the 14th season’s champion, netting US$1mil (RM4.19mil) and a chance to headline shows at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in...
For some people like R.Sriramanujam, there is a great scope despite being blind. He was not someone who usually cursed his fate but instead, he decided to change his chapter by achieving something great in his life. This goes to show how determined he is. He approached his life with a fresh perspective and today he is the world’s first blind news reader. Hailing from Tamil Nadu, he has received praises for his attitude. He may not...