Disability in Cambodia

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Re: Disability in Cambodia

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:49 am

There is little help for deaf people and their families in Cambodia. The Deaf Development Programme is a Catholic-based NGO working in Phnom Penh.

US priest aids Cambodia's deaf
Father Charles Dittmeier combats isolation and the myth that the deaf are mentally deficient
March 6, 2019

Kids playing in a large suburban compound in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh greet Father Charles Dittmeier with broad smiles. And a young girl uses sign language to ask when he will be coming back.

Father Dittmeier, a diocesan priest from Louisville, Kentucky, and a Maryknoll Associate Priest, has for the past 19 years been director of the nation's Maryknoll Deaf Development Programme (DDP).

It's one of only a few organisations in the country that helps deaf people. And it is the only one in Cambodia that provides job skills allowing deaf people to support themselves and their families.
https://international.la-croix.com/news ... -deaf/9609
The Deaf Development Programme
The Deaf Development Programme (DDP) is a project of Maryknoll Cambodia, a US-based Catholic Mission organization serving the poor in 35 countries worldwide. At DDP, we are dedicated to: 1) working alongside deaf people and their families to assist them to integrate into society; and, 2) achieving independence and equality for the 51,000 plus deaf people in Cambodia.

We work to remove the barriers preventing deaf people in Cambodia from achieving equality by providing Cambodian Sign Language research and development, education and job training courses, community development activities, Cambodian Sign Language interpreting services and social services.

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By Phone:
855 (23) 987-931
855 (17) 993-321

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855 (23) 211-731

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http://www.ddp-cambodia.org/about-us/
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Re: Disability in Cambodia

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:14 pm

Cambodia ministry vows opportunities for the intellectually disabled
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Published 3 April 2019

As Cambodia marked World Autism Day on Tuesday, the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation said it has set the goal of removing the obstacles that those with autism and Down’s Syndrome face when interacting with society.

The ministry has pledged that those with intellectual disabilities will be able to receive education from specialist teachers as they lead independent lives with support from their communities.

To mark World Autism Day, the Ministry of Social Affairs this year held a meeting with the theme Removal of Obstacles to Social Participation by Autistic and Down Syndrome Children at a teacher training centre in Kandal province.

Approximately 900 people attended the event, including those affected by autism and Down’s, teachers, civil servants and relevant civil society organisations.

Minister of Social Affairs Vong Soth said he was pushing for the removal of economic and social barriers so those with autism and Down’s Syndrome do not face discrimination and can live with dignity.

“This year, I am calling for enhanced human resources development, especially for teachers and professors to have the capacity to train intellectually disabled persons from the primary school level to higher education, with the goal of providing them opportunities to receive equal rights in the education sector,” he said.

The secretary-general of the Disability Action Council at the Ministry of Economy Em Chan Makara said awareness of autism has risen in Cambodia over recent years.
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Re: Disability in Cambodia

Post by TOG » Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:04 pm

pczz wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:09 pm
In the UK we have had problems for a long time with a disproportionate number of disabled children being born to Pakistani families and the cause has been put to the tradition of marrying cousins. As so many Khmer died they started with a smallish population after pol pot and difficult travelling conditions so i wonder if ther are similar traditions here, or if maybe the small gene pool in an area leads to this sort of problem much here?
One of the few times I agree with pczz but expect to see the usual remarks such as this is racism.

Not only Pakistani's. Our own Royal family were in danger of becoming far too inbred but a few affairs and children by others rather than their married partner have managed to water the gene pool down a bit. It goes on. Irish travellers have for generations only married within their own society and I am sure there are many more examples.

Good reason for inter race marriages and children of mixed race. Good healthy genes and a bright future for their children. (and I am accused of being a racist?)
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Re: Disability in Cambodia

Post by pczz » Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:00 pm

TOG wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:04 pm
pczz wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:09 pm
In the UK we have had problems for a long time with a disproportionate number of disabled children being born to Pakistani families and the cause has been put to the tradition of marrying cousins. As so many Khmer died they started with a smallish population after pol pot and difficult travelling conditions so i wonder if ther are similar traditions here, or if maybe the small gene pool in an area leads to this sort of problem much here?
One of the few times I agree with pczz but expect to see the usual remarks such as this is racism.

Not only Pakistani's. Our own Royal family were in danger of becoming far too inbred but a few affairs and children by others rather than their married partner have managed to water the gene pool down a bit. It goes on. Irish travellers have for generations only married within their own society and I am sure there are many more examples.

Good reason for inter race marriages and children of mixed race. Good healthy genes and a bright future for their children. (and I am accused of being a racist?)
Well before the "you are a rascist" comments start i would point ou that the research regarding pakistanis was done by the NHS in conjunction with pakistani charities as part of an initiative to develop education on the matter and change traditions.
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Re: Disability in Cambodia

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:44 pm

@ The above commenters.
This is a thread about Disability in Cambodia, situated in a forum for discussion on Cambodia language and lifestyle. The aim of this thread was to discuss or inform people about what is being done, or not done, for Cambodians with disabilities. There is not much information available, so the intention was to gather any information picked in the media, or elsewhere, and pass it on here, as it may be interesting or useful for those living in Cambodia.

[Please everyone feel free to discuss the British royal family, racism in the Uk, and other UK-related subjects elsewhere. But try to remember that this is a Cambodian forum, because certain posters seem to forget that, and time after time, discussions on Cambodia get hijacked by people who want to discuss their own country and its problems. Plenty of room for that too, but not on every thread.]
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Re: Disability in Cambodia

Post by TOG » Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:52 pm

CEOCambodiaNews wrote:
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:44 pm
This is a thread about Disability in Cambodia, situated in a forum for discussion on Cambodia language and lifestyle. The aim of this thread was to discuss or inform people about what is being done, or not done, for Cambodians with disabilities. There is not much information available, so the intention was to gather any information picked in the media, or elsewhere, and pass it on here, as it may be interesting or useful for those living in Cambodia.

[Please everyone feel free to discuss the British royal family and other UK-related subjects elsewhere. But try to remember that this is a Cambodian forum, because certain posters seem to forget that, time after time.]
Actually you were pretty vague about the thread.

The article was about a visit to Singapore and you even wrote " I really enjoy going out to places like Singapore and different countries" so it sort of left it open for interpretation.

Perhaps your heading should have read £Cambodia comments only". I only look at new posts and not always in the forum heading so missed the fact it was in the Cambodia section.

By the way, as a supporter of disabled military personnel, I am in full support of your cause.
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Re: Disability in Cambodia

Post by Duncan » Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:09 pm

Well I'll agree the disabled and the blind certainly need a better deal than what they are getting,, if they are getting anything at all.
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Re: Disability in Cambodia

Post by SternAAlbifrons » Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:41 pm

Hi folks. This is slightly off-thread but it may be a good audience..
Around 2006-7 a study was released here. Comprehensive survey of amputees sampled from around the country.
The big finding was that on all indicators (except maybe one??), those from communities of former Khmer rouge scored higher.
The conclusion was that a strong culture of self-sufficiency within those communities, and a refusal to accept outside help, led to better outcomes - than for all other models of recovery/assistance/empowerment. Significantly better outcomes.

Unfortunately I have not been able to find this study since. (it was reported in C.Daily when first released)

About 5/6 years ago a major conference of various Cambodian and international amputee agencies happened to show up in my little town. When I asked a few of the participants if they had heard of this study, they got a bit defensive and quickly steered the conversation elsewhere.
They probably thought I was just one of those old expats who hates NGO's, "do-gooders" and all their work. I am not.

Anybody got any thoughts on this quandary - the empowerment V. dependence dance? Here in Cambodia.
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Re: Disability in Cambodia

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon May 06, 2019 9:40 pm

Another business getting the Cambodian deaf and disabled into the job market:

Bi Salon: The beauty parlour employing deaf, disabled staff
Soung Sovanny | Publication date 02 May 2019 | 17:47 ICT
Eam Vibol uses a tiny clip as he tries to attach an artificial eyelash to his client’s eyelid, who is sitting calmly under a spotlight shining on her face. It’s a recognisable scene from any number of beauty salons around the globe.

But unlike your average salon, in which the air is filled with idle chit-chat between patron and beautician, this salon sits in complete, undisturbed silence as Vibol focuses hard on the job in hand, occasionally exchanging smiles and soft glances.

After he finishes the eyelash extensions, his client bursts into a broad smile, pleased with the final look.

This is the reality of daily business at Phnom Penh’s Bi Salon, a beauty parlour that hires deaf people and those with disabilities.

Born both deaf and unable to speak, Vibol is one of seven staff members with a disability employed by the salon. The 20-year-old – wearing a pair of jeans and a black t-shirt featuring the Bi Salon logo, along with his stylishly coiffed dyed brown hair and earring – has worked at the salon for several months now.

Speaking in sign language, interpreted through sign language translator Srey Mom, Vibol tells The Post: “I was a sign language student from an organisation working with disabled people. The organisation asked me what skills I would choose for my career. It can be tailoring, laundry or salon work. I chose the latter because I always wanted to work in beauty industry from the bottom of my heart.”

Giving people with disabilities an opportunity to work in the beauty industry is the mission of Bi Salon’s owner Kem Khemara, a Cambodian former IT graduate who also studied Japanese in Japan – also working in a beauty salon while there.

Bi Salon is located on Street 310 in Phnom Penh’s Boeng Keng Kang I district. You can visit their Facebook page for more information (@Bisalon2011).
Full article: https://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-life ... bled-staff
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Re: Disability in Cambodia

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Thu May 09, 2019 12:58 am

May 8, 2019
Ministry wants more disabled students in college
The Ministry of Education is encouraging disabled students to apply for scholarships it provides.

Minister Hang Chuon Naron in a Friday statement said his ministry offers scholarships to all students, including those who are impoverished and disadvantaged.

However, Mr Chuon Naron said that for the 2019-2020 academic year, the ministry is prioritising scholarships for disabled students.

“To receive a scholarship, applicants will have to have a high school diploma in 2019,” he said. “Applicants with a disability, such as deafness or blindness, can receive a scholarship application and apply by May 30.”
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50601819/m ... n-college/
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