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By Pavithra Gopalakrishnan & Yoong Chia Chuen (BAC Apprentices) Malaysia may just be a small country made up of multiple races, diverse cultures, and religions but when it comes to sports, we have only one emotion, MALAYSIA BOLEH! With the recent Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympic Games still fresh in our minds, let’s pay tribute to each hero who showcased the best of their talents in the international arena. Heroes Who Won...
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” This quote by Benjamin Franklin resonates well with those who are faced with challenges yet managed to overcome them through the sheer persistence and determination they have within themselves. No community demonstrates this better than persons with disabilities (PWDs) especially in challenging times like this, and with the country battling an economic downturn. The food and...
What does an ideal workplace mean to you? Undeniably, one would equate “ideal” as having a reasonable salary, a positive work culture, personal development, career growth, great perks and benefits, as well as a good employer-employee relationship. Nevertheless, it is also vital for an employee to feel safe and comfortable at the workplace. This includes all employees, both abled and differently abled. However, the...
You are a company, and wish to hire PWDs (persons with disabilities). But strangely, you find none of them applying! Take a step further to encourage them to join you.          Here are some tips where you can get the attention of PWDs in hiring them:   1) Add promotional messages and welcoming language The purpose is to shift someone away from thinking “it is not for me”. Here...
Contrary to popular belief, there are more people with disabilities living amongst us than you think. The World Development Report, by the World Bank, reported that one billion people (15% of the world’s population) have some form of disability. In Malaysia, the number of registered PWD with the Social Welfare Department in 2017 was 453,258. Out of this number, 35.2% are physically disabled. Given that the pandemic has affected...
Education is the gateway to a better life. Complete access to education is the first step towards realising the dream of equal opportunity. Yet, access to education, by itself, is insufficient. What also matters is whether or not the education provided adequately caters to the needs of all who have access to it. It is an undeniable truth that not all children are the same. Some children have physical and/or learning disabilities which a...
Are you a PWD/Marginalised community looking for a decent job opportunity: Requirements:  OKU Card holder (Preference will be given)  Above 18 years old  Have basic computer skills  Own a laptop  Willing to work remotely  Can converse in English    Kindly submit your latest CV/call   Mr Sashi Kumar- shashi.vr@gmail.com / 012 2535702 OR Mr...
Here are four ways employers can make workplaces more accessible and friendly for wheelchair users: Make workstation arrangements with your employee before their first day in the office. Have a conversation with a new employee about the layout of the workspace, including details about the height of the desk, before their first day on the job. Although standing desks are becoming increasingly popular at workplaces for...
Many people may recall looking for our first job as a teenager or young adult and the angst it may have caused. Visiting neighborhood businesses to ask if they were hiring could be intimidating. Interviews brought stress, and even once a job was secured, there was apprehension for the first day on the job. “Would I do well?” “How would my coworkers treat me?” “What would my boss be like?” How many 17 or...
Cristian Rogers is a 19-year-old man with Down syndrome living in Johns Creek, Georgia. After graduating from high school, Rogers began working at his local Hilton Garden Inn in June 2018. He folds towels and bedsheets; organizes stockrooms and closets; and helps out in other parts of the hotel in a pinch. For instance, when the hotel lobby got very busy one morning, he was asked to jump in to assist with cleaning and bussing...
For a graduate student, the job market is an intimidating space full of uncertainty. Add to that a disability, and the navigation of the professional world becomes even more daunting. From simple validation to the more complex navigation of identifying positions, interviewing and networking, individuals with disabilities face distinct challenges. That’s why the two of us -- Allison, a doctoral student with a disability, and Brian,...
This article was written by an external contributor as guide for any disabled graduates who are hunting for a new job.  Let’s be honest, the education system wasn’t built with disabled people in mind. That said, every year countless disabled students graduate and embark on successful careers in the industry of their choice. Nearing the completion of your studies and thinking about work can feel overwhelming. So, here are...