Personal Assistants (PAs) are an integral part of the Independent Living Programme for People With Disabilities. PAs enhance the quality of life for disabled persons by peforming tasks that are beyond the physical functional capabilities of the disabled person. Depending on the needs, the work required of a PA may range from assisting the disabled person with personal hygiene to feeding. The services required and provided will have to be worked out between both parties.
I have been nominated to attend two training courses in Bangkok beginning February 28. The first course, Training of Managerial Personnel of Independent Living Centres, runs from February 28 to March 7, the second, Peer Counselers for People with Disablities, is from March 9 to March 17. Participants have been invited from Malaysia, The Philippines and Pakistan. Both courses are organised by the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), an agency of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand.
APCD was jointly established with the collaboration of the Government of Japan and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand on 1 August, 2002. APCD is also working in close cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), other United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations whose work is related to persons with disabilities.
For the entire duration of both courses, I will need a PA to assist me, mostly with mobility matters such as helping me traverse barriers and loading and unloading my wheelchair. I can manage my own personal hygiene tasks. The PA accompanying me will be provided with a return ticket, lodging and meal/meal allowance. One of my friends has confirmed that he is able to be my PA for the first course. The position for a PA is still open for the second course. Therefore, I would like to invite applications for the position of Personal Assistant for the duration from March 9 to March 17. The qualifications needed are that applicants must be physically healthy, able to handle a wheelchair and have a keen interest to learn about disability issues. Please leave a comment here, send an email or IM me for more details.