Yayasan Sultan Idris Shah's toil of more than twenty years had earned
the Foundation tremendous progress and success. This success is rated
by the increasing number of children with disabilities who seek our
assistance especially in the area of Community Based Rehabilitation
It has been generally recognized
that Institutional rehabilitation can only account for 10-15% of rehabilitation
needs of a person with disabilities. The rest of the rehabilitation
work comprising between 85-90% has to be the responsibility of the Community
as advocated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that 'Community
Based Rehabilitation is a strategy for enhancing the quality of life
of people with disabilities'. This requires a holistic establishment
of a networking system of getting the community involved with various
support from families, caregivers, hospitals, government departments,
doctors and private sectors rendering assistance.
The Foundation's emphasis on such outreach programmes has lead to the
establishment of eleven community based rehabilitation centres in the
state of Perak, especially to enable the poor within the rural community
with an easy access to rehabilitation services, without having to travel
to Ipoh, which can be a burden to the families and cumbersome to the
person or child with a disability.
Rehabilitation within the community helps the disabled overcome their
discomforts and with the support of the right professional therapy,
they are able to lead happy and meaningful lives in the area of mobility
Foundation practices an open door policy that provides free rehabilitation
services to people with disabilities irrespective of age, race and religion.
Expenses mainly include salaries, maintenance of vehicles, therapeutic
equipment and financing new and existing community based rehabilitation
centres throughout the length and breadth of Perak.
I must sincerely express here that our great progress and success has
largely been due to the support of well wishers, the caring public and
most of all, my dear friends and close associates. The Foundation rests
on you all good people out there. A special note of appreciation also
goes to all staff, helpers and volunteer workers at the foundation.
Without all of you the success would not be achieved.
I wish also thank His Royal Highness Paduka Seri Raja Azlan Shah, Sultan
of Perak, for his continuous support to the Foundation.
Tan Sri Dato Seri V Jeyaratnam
L.L.B. (London), Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln's Inn) PSM, SPMP, JP, Chairman