KOTA KINABALU: Elected assemblywoman, Datuk Amisah Yassin has urged all parties to be more sensitive to the plight of people with disabilities.
She said that the community should provide encouragement in the form of moral support and necessary assistance or help to the group of special people as well as their caregivers.
She reminded that it is not easy to manage people with disability, particularly children with Down Syndrome, autism, dyslexia, slow learning and slow communicators.
“These special people may lack physically or mentally, yet they are the bridge that leads us to bigger rewards from the almighty. Moreover, children with these special attributes can contribute to the society if they are trained through effective learning and therapy,” she said when visiting Bukit Harapan at Tuaran Bypass yesterday.
Amisah who is also the Ranau Srikandi division chief said that this group needed special attention and care in order to live as well as possible.
She also said that the government must study so that the special group is looked after well and not considered as burdens since they are part of the community.
“They should not be left behind in terms of development,” she said.
There are presently 45 people residing at Bukit Harapan which began operation in 1989 in Keningau before relocating to its present location at Menggatal in 2007. The home was founded by Datuk Anne Keyworth and managed by Audra Keyworth and Jerry Kamijan.
Those wanting to contribute to the home can contact 088-424567 or call Jerry at 0138656622.