Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Visually Impaired Children Encouraged To Enroll With MAB Centres
KUALA LUMPUR, August 15 (Bernama) -- Visually impaired children in the country are encouraged to enroll into the three preliminary education centres run
by the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB).
MAB's president Prof Datuk Dr Ismail Md Salleh said the centres located at Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur, Klang (Selangor) and Kota Baharu (Kelantan) would
provide early training for blind children by exposing them to community and living skills, as well as braille reading.
"The centres are free and open for the visually impaired children aged between three to six years old," he said, adding that the centres were supported
by Yayasan Budi Penyayang and Yayasan PELITAWANIS TNB.
He told this to reporters at the closing of the 12th International Council For Education of People With Visual Impairment (ICEVI) World Conference at Dewan
Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here today.
Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Datuk G. Palanivel closed the conference.
One thousand delegates from 96 countries attended the five-day conference that ended today.
Titled "Achieving Equality In Education: New Challenges and Strategies For Change" the conference was aimed at ensuring education for all by 2015, a visionary
statement that was spearheaded by ICEVI.
Six ICEVI leadership awards have been awarded to four individuals and two institutions for their significant contribution to the field of education for
the blind and low vision persons.
They were Heather Labon Mason from United Kingdom, Lucia Piccione (Argentina), K.Piyasena (Sri Lanka) and Larry Campbell who was also the ICEVI's President
(United States), while the two institutions were Christian Blind Mission and Sight Savers International.
SOURCE: MALAYSIAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND
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