I will be attending a Disability Equality Training (DET) organised by the Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat Malaysia (JKMM) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) from November 19 to November 24 at Hotel Grand Continental. The resource person is Kevin McLaughlin, a DET Trainer from the United Kingdom. He is the author of DET training book titled Towards Inclusion: A Widening Access Initiative (2003), Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast. A copy if the book is available here in pdf.
Disability Equality Training (DET) has been developed by the Disability Movement over the last two decades in the United Kingdom. Disability Equality Training (DET) is about raising awareness and examining peoples’ thinking about disability. DET explores solutions that aim to eliminate discrimination and prejudice experienced by disabled people.
It consists of a one-day seminar and five-day training and is fully sponsored by JICA but participants have to pay for their own travelling and accomodation. My accomodation is being funded by the Persatuan Orang-Orang Cacat Anggota Malaysia of which I am a member. Participants of the five-day training are expected to work with their organisations and JICA in implementing DET in Malaysia for the next three years.