Tuesday, July 22, 1997,
Course to Dispel Myth about the Disabled
Ipoh, Mon - The Yayasan Sultan Idris Shah, a rehabilitation centre for
thedisabled here, has launched a "community-based rehabilitation" or
CBR course to dispel the myth that the disabled are a liability to the
Its President, Tan Sri V. Jeyaratnam, said that with greater public
awareness through the course, the due respect as human beings, to live
a better quality of life with dignity and be accepted as productive
members in society.
"The old-fashioned way is to focus on the person's disability and prescribe
him the treatment the professionals deemed fit. The new method is to
look at the disabled as a whole person - what he can do," he said at
the opening of the six-week course today.
"It has been one of the divisons of The Yayasan Sultan Idris Shah to
take on the role as a training centre in providing facilities to train
rehabilitation workers in CBR skills, who in turn will transfer the
knowledge and skills to the community," he said.
"Yayasan has been providing orientation courses to CBR workers from
CBR centres and to students in nursing and occupational therapy, even
before moving into this rehabilitation centre at Bercham."
Jeyaratnam expressed his gratitude to Associate Prof Dr. Zaliha Omar
of Universiti Malaya to recognise the Diploma in Rehabilitation Practice.
The rehabilitation centre, he said, was also grateful for the encouragement
and support from the Malaysian Community and Education Foundation for
making the CBR training possible.
The course is being conducted by a team of global BR experts, namely
Gabor Tiroler, Dr Irene Lopez, Dr Krisno Nimpuno and Professor Dr Birgitta
The format includes formal lectures, group discussions, assignments
and related readings, field trips, hands-on training, and manufacture
of low-cost technical aids and devices.