Turning disability into a national asset

By Khor Hung Teik

September 2010 FEATURE
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Can disabled persons become effective economic contributors to society? According to a World Bank estimate from 2000, the exclusion of disabled persons from mainstream society worldwide causes a total loss to gross domestic product of US$1.37–1.94tril. For Malaysia, the loss is estimated at US$1.18–1.68bil!An intellectually-disabled person working in a retail outlet.Disabled people in the Malaysian workforceMalaysia is signatory to numerous conventions on equal opportunities and equal treatment for disabled persons. However, Malaysian society has yet to give adequate thought to...

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Khor Hung Teik

is a manager at the Penang Institute and has been tracking practical and workable green practices since 2000. He has also authored manuals on household composting and initiated several community composting projects in Penang.