With better knowledge and understanding as well as proper help, persons with different abilities can acquire life skills that allow them to be less dependent on others.
This was said by La Vida Board of Directors Chairman Dr Sherlock Chin yesterday.
“Specially-tailored education, strong family ties and social connections, including involvement in activities such as cooking, art, sports and music can be important and helpful tools used to prepare the differently-abled for a better life,” he said at a two-day camping at Bintudoh Green Spring Resort.
The event was organised by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) and La Vida.
Dr Chin said, “I am reminded that one of our problems in today’s world is that everyone seems to be in a hurry so much so that if something is no longer in our sight, it is soon out of our mind,” he said.
Touching on persons with different abilities, he said, “Not many years ago, they lived a very sheltered life.
“They stayed at home mainly because of the fear that they may face difficulties when they are left by themselves outside of home.
“However, this has changed now. It is only when we are prepared to assist special needs individuals and work towards their equality and inclusiveness in our community, can we look forward to making our community a happier and more harmonious one.”
Meanwhile, the event was joined by 80 La Vida trainees.