Image by Sara Lam (Instagram: @saralam7).
What does Persatuan STAND do?
Mr Lee Hock Cheng (Far Left) with Trainees at STAND’s Shop.
Sarjit Singh Is the Current Chairman of STAND.
Each Individual Is Involved in Constructing a Delicious Meal for Their Customers.
How do adults with learning disabilities get jobs?
Adam Khoo (Far Left), Who Raised His Own Son with Autism, Joined STAND to Empower More Young Adults with Learning Disabilities.
So far, STAND has successfully found jobs for two of their trainees: one in a restaurant and another in a kindergarten. This job hunting process presented its own challenges. “It wasn’t easy to find a company that would have the patience and empathy to train a person with learning disabilities. Many rounds of discussion, negotiation, and persuasion were needed before the employers could accept one of our trainees in their workplace,” recalls Adam.
Securing a job also depends on whether it is logistically viable. Many of the adults aren’t able to drive, so they have to walk or rely on their parents or public transport. After they had been signed onto their new jobs, Adam had to drop by at their new workplace to provide technical and emotional support until the PLDs were fully able to adapt to the new workplace.
“We are glad to hear reports from the employers that our trainees are showing a huge improvement in their work,” he adds, beaming with pride.
What can you do to support persons with learning disabilities?
STAND’s Variety of Savoury Pies, Quiche and Dessert pies Are Well-Loved by KL Locals Like Jasmine Kaur (Instagram : @jaseatshereandthere).