Disability Equality Training In Malaysia 2010

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
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
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
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.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

2 thoughts on “Disability Equality Training In Malaysia 2010”

  1. My Prof and I are developing a book on Disability in Everyday Life in Southeast Asia. We are looking for essays on experiences of SE Asians. Can you please email me your contact email so we can discuss possible collaboration. I will email you our CALL for ESSAYS. Thank you.

    University of Hawaii at Manoa

    1. Hi Cecilia, My contact details can be found at the Contact link at the top and sidebar. Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

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