My plane ticket and that of my personal assistant was delivered to me this afternoon. Looks like it is all systems go for my trip to attend the 7th Disabled People’ International World Assembly in Seoul, South Korea although the organisers have not responded to some of my queries. My hotel booking has not been confirmed yet. Likewise, there is no indication of airport transfer arrangements upon arrival. I will be following up with the organisers on this in the following days. This World Assembly will be held at KINTEX from September 5 – 8.
My plane ticket was sponsored by a benefactor who prefers to remain anonymous while that of my personal assistant will be paid for by the Disabled Peoples’ International World Assembly Korean Organising Committee and the Independent Living Global Summit. I was also informed that my registration fee and accommodation will be covered as well.
Additionally, Associate Professor Tang Hang Wu has generously sponsored my personal assistant’s registration fee and other expenses not covered by the organisers. This has saved me a lot of work looking for sponsors to fund my participation and allowed me to spend more time working on the manuscript and presentation. Thanks Prof.
The title of my presentation is “Independent Living Movement in Malaysia.” Apart from speaking at the World Assembly, I will be attending other meetings on the sidelines of the conference, namely the Asia Pacific Network on Independent Living Centres (APNIL) Meeting and the Independent Living Global Summit. I foresee that it will be a busy four days in Seoul. Hopefully, the food and hectic schedule will not be too taxing on my health.