Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam
Pusat Ehsan is a non governmental, charity organization that is committed to providing rehabilitation, quality education and training programmes for individuals with special needs.
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The organisation aims to focus on understanding the behaviours of both children and adults who have disabilities; and to help them develop skills that will enable them to integrate and become independent members of society. They do this by providing rehabilitation, educational, pre-vocational and vocational programmes.
Supports both children and adults with neuromusculoskeletal disorders and is free of charge. Physiotherapy and occupational therapy services are conducted by a team of certified professionals. More than 130 patients in Bandar Seri Begawan and Kuala Belait districts have been rehabilitated with a total number of 3,000 treatment sessions annually.
The programme aims to target areas that stimulate creative, social and emotional, cognitive as well as physical development within an individual.
This is done by encouraging students to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through different outlets like art, social interaction with peers and problem-solving.
The programmes center around helping students become more independent in different environments, such as at home, work and school.
Pusat Ehsan believes in the importance of students being able to meet their potential by not being restricted by their dependence on others and pushes this idea forward by teaching students personal developmental skills, like how to communicate and socialize with others as well as how to manage themselves independently. Functional academics such as reading, writing and numeracy are also taught.
This training programme that will enable individuals with disabilities to transition into certain roles within the public and private sector.
The vocational programme is split into two categories: in house employment, which focuses on skills in handicrafts and organic farming; and outside employment, which helps prepare them for occupations within the service industry.
Only 56 persons with disabilities are currently employed, out of the 9,282 individuals registered with the ministry
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports
My Ability Counts Campaign
During the 14th Legislative Council meeting, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports disclosed that only 56 persons with disabilities (PWD) are currently employed, out of the 9,282 individuals registered with the ministry (Disability Rights Activists Call for Equal Opportunity in Employment, The Scoop, March 2018).
Pusat Ehsan has pushed for the inclusivity of persons with disabilities within the employment sector through their campaign “My Ability Counts”.
The campaign aims to highlight and empower individuals with disabilities by providing them an opportunity to become more independent through paid placements within supporting vendors, banks and hotels.