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Meetings at the Ministries, 31st March, 2015

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On Tuesday 31st March, 2015, the team travelled to the Ministry of Human Resources, the Labour Department, Peninsular Malaysia. We were welcomed to the department by Dr Wan Amidawati binti Wan Abdullah before meeting with Mohd Jeffrey Bin Joakim, Director General of Labour to talk about employment for people with learning disabilities in Malaysia.

Professsor Dan Goodley said: “We were thrilled to have the opportunity to share our research findings with the Ministry and to learn about the innovative work here in Malaysia.

In the afternoon, we travelled to the Department of Special Education where we were greeted by Dr Noraini Zainal Abidin. This was an opportunity for the team to talk about the recent changes in transition planning for young people with learning disabilities into work in the UK and to learn about developing plans in Malaysia.

Keith Bates, Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, said: “It was great to be able to share the resources from the Foundation’s “When I grow up programme” (http://www.learningdisabilities.org.uk/our-work/employment-education/when-i-grow-up/) with teachers in Malaysia. I’m looking forward to further conversations with them in the future.”

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Author: Katherine RC

Katherine is Research Fellow in Disability Studies and Psychology at the Research Institute for Health and Social Change at Manchester Metropolitan University

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