The good news: My abstract for the Disabled Peoples’ International World Assembly (DPI WA) was accepted. The WA will be held in Seoul from September 5 – 8. The DPI is an international human rights organisation that strives to ensure that the human rights of disabled persons are acknowledged, respected and upheld. The IL Global Summit which will be held alongside the WA will fund my air ticket, accommodation and conference fees.
Bad news #1: I am in need of a personal assistant for the event. Most of the people I know who can accompany me are working. As the conference is from September 5 to September 8, my personal assistant and I would need to be in Seoul Korea on September 4 and leave on September 9. Not many people can take a one-week leave.
Bad news #2: The IL Global Summit is short of funds and is unable to cover the expenses for my personal assistant. I need to look for other sources of funding for this. Time is short and I am hard-pressed to raise at least RM3,500 for the air ticket, conference fee and miscellaneous expenses for my personal assistant.
I had to defer registering for the WA until I can settle the personal assistant and funding issues. Registration will close on July 31. I am keeping my fingers crossed that these issues can be resolved before then.