Living With Cerebral Palsy in Malaysia: Me, Myself, and Others

Living With Cerebral Palsy in Malaysia: Me, Myself, and Others

Rajvin Kaur Randhawa (HELP University, Malaysia) and Kiirtaara Aravindhan (HELP University, Malaysia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6073-9.ch009

Abstract

The authors in this chapter highlights the reality of cerebral palsy in Malaysia. The chapter is a blend experiential account and factual details. The experiential fragment includes a personal case study, providing 32 years' worth of experience and first-hand details on the life of a cerebral palsy individual in Malaysia. The factual fragment provides researched information on the general reality of cerebral palsy in Malaysia, which includes regulations, existing services and support systems, ergonomics, awareness, and inclusion. This chapter also includes an interview with a fellow CP individual. The chapter ends with an interesting take-home message that aims to encourage and motivate those negatively affected.
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Cerebral Palsy In Malaysia: An Overview

Regulations

Malaysia signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on the 8th of April 2008 and later ratified the convention on the 19th of July 2010. The signing of the convention led to the establishment of The Persons with Disability Act 2008. The Persons with Disability Act 2008 is “an Act to provide for the registration, protection, rehabilitation, development and wellbeing of persons with disabilities, the establishment of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (PWD), and for matters connected therewith” (Act 685, 2008). This act has since then provided the legal foundation for policies and legislations concerning disable individuals.

The act defines person with disability as “Those who have long term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society.” (Act 685, art. 2), therefore includes those with cerebral palsy.

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