About Peter Tan
Peter Tan is a senior facilitator on Disability Equality Training (DET). This is a participatory and solution-oriented course to promote inclusion in society. He has honed his skills in this field for the past 11 years under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Department of Social Welfare Malaysia (DSWM) collaborative projects.
He currently acts as the International Coordinator of DET Forum, a network of more than 300 DET facilitators from 38 countries and territories across Asia Pacific, Africa and Latin America.
He is also a resource person on Independent Living for People with Disabilities. He was trained in Malaysia and underwent further intensive training in Japan under the International Program of the Government of Japan and in Thailand at the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD).
Peter has been involved in advocacy for accessible built environment and public transportation in Malaysia since 2005. He was part of the group that successfully pushed for the introduction of accessible stage buses and non-discriminatory air travel in Malaysia. He is often invited to speak at local and international conferences in recognition of his passion in promoting accessibility, equality and inclusion.
Seeing the need to provide a formalised, systematic and professional approach to education on disability, he established Peter Tan Training, a company specialised in providing disability-related training for the public and private sectors in 2013. To date, he has conducted workshops and courses for ASEAN Secretariat, JICA, DSWM, Social Security Organisation (SOCSO), Job Coach Network Malaysia, universities, hospitals, multinational corporations and disabled people’s organisations.
He writes extensively on disability in a weekly column called “Breaking Barriers” for The Borneo Post, the leading English newspaper in East Malaysia.
At present, he is providing consultancy on Independent Living to the DSWM together with JICA and Human Care Association of Japan for the establishment of 7 Independent Living Centres to serve 11,000 disabled people under the 11th Malaysia Plan running from 2016 to 2020.
Peter is living with tetraplegia from spinal cord injury sustained in a swimming accident in 1984 when he was 18 years old. He and his wife share their home with 3 cats in a quiet suburb of Kuala Lumpur. His interests include writing, reading, photography, Lego and fountain pens.