Going to the extra mile

Students with disablilities are thankful for the measures taken by the nation’s public and private universities in making their learning journey a pleasant one.

BEING PARAPLEGIC after a tragic car accident did not prevent Jeslinda Paul Devasahayam from learning and growing as a person.

A year after being involved in a hit-and-run accident, Jeslinda enrolled in a business course.

“It was difficult at first, but it was pointless wallowing in self pity,” she says. Jeslinda, 24, who is now pursuing a business degree at Sunway College Victoria University.

“It’s a big change for me but I need to have qualifications in order to find a job and be independent,” she said.

The Government is supportive of disabled people wishing to pursue higher education.

The Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 and the Higher Education Blueprint 2015-2025 are clear about the needs of students with disabilities.

Both documents mention about how our education system aspires to be “holistic, accessible and inclusive”.

In Jeslinda’s case, this has been translated into a disabled-friendly approach at her campus – the university provides her with a designated parking lot that’s close to her lecture halls, while security guards are often on hand to help her and others with special needs.

In the public education sector, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh had said that 80 special needs students were offered places in the nation’s 20 public universities for the first semester of the 2015/ 2016 session.

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) student Sharifah Murnira Syed Kamal praised the varsity for being attentive towards students with special needs.

by SANDHYA MENON.

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