KOTA KINABALU – Center and home based training programmes for disabled children, their parents and guardians are available at the Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR) Centre.
The programme introduced by the government is an avenue for rehabilitating children with special needs in Malaysia as well as the community in Sabah where trainees increased every year.
For Madam Fong Kong On, 64, the CBR opens new opportunity for her grandchild Sanli Lian who is one of the special children trained in the Kota Kinabalu CBR Centre in Taman Jaya Likas.
“My granddaughter has been training in the Kota Kinabalu CBR for three years. She has develop and show positive growth and I am so happy with her progress,” she said to reporters at the Chinese New Year Celebration and presentation the special allowance to the Kota Kinabalu CBR trainees, here today.
Her seven-year-old granddaughter suffered physical disability and has to breathe through a tracheotomy tube in her throat.
“All parents want their children to have equal education and be treated the same way as normal children. The CBR Centre allows special children like my granddaughter to have the necessary education and life learning,” she said.
However, even with the establishment of 32 CBR Centre in Sabah there is only two Vocational Schools for special children located in Lahad Datu and Kudat.
The Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Edward Yong Oui Fah stated that having a vocational centre for the special adults is important.
“The centre for special adults is important to ensure they have the necessary skills and knowledge as they grew older. I don’t think that the parents can look after them forever and the centre can help them to be independent,” he said earlier to reporters before presenting the special allowance to the Kota Kinabalu CBR trainees.
There are 145 registered trainees in the Kota Kinabalu CBR Centre with physically and mentally handicapped children, hyper actives children, Down Syndrome and slow learners. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah