NST, National
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 society.

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 Linguist.

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.