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Bengkel Disability Equality Training (DET) at Universiti Malaya

December 31st, 2011 - Saturday

The Seksyen Kaunseling, Kerjaya dan OKU (Counselling, Career and Disabled Persons Section) of Universiti Malaya organised the Bengkel Disability Equality Training (Disability Equality Training Workshop) on December 29. This workshop at the Dewan Perdana 1 at Kompleks Perdanasiswa was to promote awareness of disability issue in the campus. The participants include students, staff from the various faculties, Student Affairs Divisons (Bahagian Hal Ehwal Pelajar), Residential College (Kolej kediaman), library, Examination Section (Seksyen Peperiksaan), security and the Counselling, Career and Disabled Persons Section.

Disability Equality Training (DET) Workshop at Universiti Malaya
Emcee opening the Disability Equality Workshop (DET) Workshop at University Malaya.
Photo by Wuan.

The two-hour session on DET was conducted using the Facilitated Participatory Learning (FPL) with modules created by Dr. Kunji Kuno and DET Trainers from the United Kingdom. Participants were led through various exercises using images and videos to deepen their understanding on disability and methods to remove barriers using the “open box solution”. Although one session is insufficient for DET, I am glad to note that the participants already had a good grasp of disability issues.

Peter Tan conducting Disability Equality Training (DET) Workshop at Universiti Malaya
Peter Tan explaining about Disability Equality Training (DET) Workshop at Universiti Malaya.
Photo by Wuan.

I was made to understand that the Seksyen Kaunseling, Kerjaya dan OKU will be organising a follow-up workshop with a longer duration some time next year. This is good news to end the year with where disability matters in Malaysia is concerned. Society is slowly making an effort to understand issues faced by disabled people and also warming up to the notion of making the built environment accessible. I hope the other universities and schools will emulate Universiti Malaya in taking this step in changing attitudes and breaking barriers to make education accessible and available to everyone in Malaysia. A big thank you to Puan Maznah Azis for coordinating this workshop and making sure that everything that I requested were provided for a smooth running of the session.

Participants in group discussion at Disability Equality Training (DET) Workshop at Universiti Malaya
Participants discussing in groups during one of the DET exercises.
Photo by Wuan.

Video analysis poster for group exercise at Disability Equality Training (DET) Workshop at Universiti Malaya
Group work poster on video analysis for DET Workshop.
Photo by Wuan.

Peter Tans haring a light moment with participants at the Disability Equality Training (DET) Workshop at Universiti Malaya
Peter Tan joining in one of the group discussions at the DET Workshop.
Photo by Wuan.


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