My daily routine was interrupted the whole of November. The first to weeks of the month was spent commuting daily to Bandar Baru Sentul and back. There, I spent most of the time learning and co-facilitating on Disability Equality Training with nineteen others from Thailand, India, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Malaysia.
Group photo of Disability Equality Training TOT 2010 at MAKPEM.
Photo courtesy of Japan International Cooperation Agency Malaysia.
I had to wake up at five to get ready and brave the Jalan Loke Yew traffic jam with Wuan every morning. After dropping me off at MAKPEM, she took the LRT from Sentul to get to work. Those days, we barely slept more than five hours as we usually reached home at around 9.00 pm. By the time we were ready for bed, it was well past midnight already.
Disability Equality Training TOT 2010 at MAKPEM.
It was a tough routine but what I learnt from the training was worth the effort. Dr. Kenji Kuno, the course facilitator, not only enlightened us on the two models on disability, namely the Social Model of Disability and Medical Model of Disability. He also taught us the finer skills to facilitate effectively.
Group work at Disability Equality Training TOT 2010 at MAKPEM.
Although two weeks were barely sufficient to cover all the training modules, we basically had a good grasp of how we could promote a better understanding of the issues faced by disabled people and how those issues can be resolved through proactive actions, not only by disabled people but society in general as well.