Persons with Disablities Act 2008 Forum at Bar Council
I attended this Forum in Jan and voiced our concerns about the driving license issue for our dyslexics. Quite a number of our dyslexics who have made it into the workforce face the dilemma of not being able to drive as they are not able to pass the driving tests. These tests are not ‘user-friendly’ for our dyslexics
In this Forum, it was noted that in the PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ACT 2008, the omitted aspects are – i. prevention and early detection of disabilities and ii. anti-discrimination.
It was pointed out that in the US, it is mandatory (not optional like here) that children be identified and receive the required special services as soon as possible. This Act also did not state sanctions or penalties against the discriminator. There should be clear procedures on pursuing remedies to be taken by a disabled person or his family member to enforce his rights against discrimination in any form.
The omitted aspects in this ACT affects our dyslexic community. I suggest that the Association work hand in hand with the Bar Council to fight for the rights of our dyslexic children. They are being discriminated in many areas especially education.
The point raised by Coralie in the recent AGM that our Dyslexic children fail and flounder in their SPM, therefore how can they be able to enter the colleges or universities? Is there a way like overseas whereby our special children are given exemptions. For our kids to have the minimum 3 credits and a pass in BM before they can be allowed to take any Cert or Diploma course in a College is tough going. How many can make this mark?
There has been research done in UK and the US whereby it was found that one out of every 2 prisoners had a learning disability. If we do not help our children they would most probably land in prison and be one of the famous bank robbers as they would have the intelligence to rob a bank.
If we are able to include the above 2 omitted aspects into the PERSONS WITH DISABLITIES ACT 2008, then our children would not be discriminated and they would be able to enter colleges/universities of their choice and be able to pass their driving tests too. Then, they can prove their worth and be given a chance to contribute positively to society.
But this is not going to be an easy task…..therefore we need lots of support to push this through. Not only from the Association but from each and every parent.
“When there’s a WILL, there is a WAY”
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