The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines Community Based Rehabilitation
strategy for enhancing the quality of life of disabled people:
more quitable opportunity and
their himan rights'
In short with CBR the disabled person is facilitated with re-entry into
society and a passage back to activities with local community resources.
YSIS has taken the lead to be the first non-government organization
to pioneer, practice and continuously develop the CBR concept. Since
then, we have been advocating the CBR approach as the most cost effective
method of bridging the gap in rehabilitation needs, which would include
the readjustment process of a modified lifestyle, within a disability.
Mobility and means of transport for persons of a disability is a progressive
and continuous treatment activity and the CBR team draws upon the resources
of he local statutory establishments like Road Transport Department
(JPJ) to hold written tests for them. The tests are at times held at
the foundation itself, as it is conducive, convenient and less stressful
as the CBR team are with them. For others who need transport to centers
there is support from the Army, Fire Department, Police, Public Health
Centres, Electricity Board and others who assist to alleviate problems
of transport and finance. Where there is a need for the purchase of
recommended wheelchairs, equipment, aids and artificial limbs the CBR
Officers act on behalf of the people with disabilities to secure sponsorships
coordinating activity carried out is the facilitation of issue of driving
and petty trade licenses by networking with relevant authorities and
agencies including the Social Welfare Department, Socso and Employees
A key activity of CBR Officers is to organize social gathering from
sports to picnics and an active involvement in two support groups that
come under the wings of the foundation - the Special Wheelers Club and
Special Bikers Club. The main aim of these clubs is to encourage comrade
ship and group support. These club members in turn facilitate towards
job placement, home industries and self-employment through exchange
of discussions, motivation and encouragement of their individual capabilities
during their meetings and social activities.