Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Persons with Learning Disabilities – MOVING FORWARD
We are delighted to invite you to a very special event, the 2010 Dignity & Services High Tea at the KL Convention Centre on 31st July.
Conceived by the family of our late chairman, Datuk Dr. Sam Abraham, the event will be a major fundraiser for Dignity & Services, where we help disabled young people to help themselves.
Our fundraising target is RM 100,000 from sponsorship of tables at RM 2,000 and RM 5,000. We already have the generous support of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and we hope that you will also support us.
The funds raised will help develop our principal project called OPTIONS for Supported Living. This gives young adults the chance to live in sheltered accommodation in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur and learn to look after themselves.
At the High Tea, there will be a chance to meet the youth and families we are supporting. We will also be launching a book entitled “Sam’s Story” which is a biography of our late chairman, the most remarkable Datuk Dr Sam Abraham.
Sam, as he was universally known, was his own Facebook long before social networking was invented.
A pioneering peadiatrician, he was at ease with the high and mighty, and the poor and disadvantaged. From his student days in Australia and post graduate training in the United Kingdom, he built a network of friends all over the world, and was a particular champion of those without a voice. Empowering disabled children and young adults In Malaysia was a concern very close to his heart.
We do hope you can join us at this special High Tea and thank you for your support that enables us to continue our work with individuals and families with learning disabilities.
Chairman, Directors of Dignity & Services
Thursday, June 3, 2010
i) Art Project: Art pieces for hanging in the house or for sale & Making costume jewellery
Objectives: To enable the OPTIONS members to be part of the fundraising event on the 31st July by making their own items for sale with help from Monash students.
i) Art Project: Blowing Technique with water colours.
Teaching our group on how to create a "blow-art" piece,using straws to blow different colors in different directions on art paper.
i) Making Muffins
Objectives: So that the SL members learn how to bake cakes for tea
ii) Discussing Art Projects with the Monash students.
Objectives: Planning the art process for the coming High Tea event.
By ANTHONY MIRANTI
MY wife Intan had noticed for many months that our two-year-old was not developing normally. For me, I was not in a state of denial; I just did not recognise that anything was wrong. Intan was worried that our boy did not seem to understand any language, was unable or unwilling to look at a person’s face, and played with toys by lining them up or by spinning their wheels. She fretted that our son was not bonding with any of us, and that he screamed uncontrollably for hours over noises or situations he could not control.
During those early days, the predominant feelings we had were fear and helplessness. We feared for his future, and we felt helpless, not knowing what to do. To my wife’s credit, instead of running away from reality, she faced it head-on. “I was heart-broken but I got down to work,” said Intan. She talked to other parents, read books and research articles, explored interventions, signed up for training and joined autism online discussion groups.