Latar Belakang PDK Selayang

PDK Selayang (Pusat Pemulihan Dalam Komuniti Selayang) telah ditubuhkan pada 1hb Sept 1991, oleh sekumpulan ibubapa kepada kanak-kanak kurang upaya (pada masa tersebut dipanggil sebagai kanak-kanak istimewa) yang anak-anak mereka telah dikeluarkan dari pembelajaran wajib di sekolah-sekolah aliran perdana di Selayang, dengan alasan mereka (OKU tersebut) "tidak boleh belajar". Alasan sebenar Guru Besar sekolah-sekolah tersebut ialah mereka takut graf pencapaian sekolah akan menurun.

Bermula dengan 15 orang kanak-kanak kurang upaya kelas diadakan sekali seminggu pada setiap hari Sabtu dari jam 8:30 pagi hingga 1:00 tengahari, dengan dilatih oleh seorang Petugas PDK (panggilan Cikgu PDK pada masa tersebut) iaitu Puan Noraini Othman.

Hari ini PDK Selayang telah berkembang pesat dengan jumlah pelatih OKU PDK seramai 102 orang melalui beberapa program iaitu Kelas Harian EIP, Kelas Harian LPV, Kelas Harian Pemulihan Perubatan (Pemulihan Anggota, Pemulihan Pertuturan dan Pemulihan Carakerja), Lawatan ke Rumah dan Program Rumah Kelompok (lelaki).

Kumpulan Sasar Utama: OKU (Orang Kurang Upaya)

Kumpulan Sasar Tambahan: Anak-Anak Yatim, Kanak-Kanak Kurang Bernasib Baik, Ibu Tunggal/Ibu Tinggal, Warga Emas dan Keluarga Miskin (dari lingkungan kumpulan sasar utama)

Kelas Harian EIP: 5 hari/minggu; Isnin-Jumaat; 8:30am-12:30pm.

Kelas Harian LPV (Latihan Pemulihan Vokasional): 5 hari/minggu; Isnin-Jumaat; 9:00am- 5:00pm.

Kelas harian Pemulihan Perubatan pula dijalankan seperti berikut:

Pemulihan Anggota: 5 hari/minggu; 8:30-11:30am; untuk OKU dari keluarga miskin dan berpendapatan rendah. Sabtu & Ahad pula dikhaskan kepada OKU yang keluarganya mampu bayar penuh kos pakar (OKU dari keluarga kaya).

Pemulihan Pertuturan: 3 hari/minggu 8:30am- 12:00pm; untuk OKU dari keluarga berpendapan rendah dan miskin dan hari 2 hari dalam seminggu dikhaskan untuk OKU dari keluarga kaya yang mampu membayar kos pakar.

Pemulihan Carakerja: 4 hari/minggu; Isnin-Jumaat kecuali Khamis; 8:30-11:30am; untuk pelatih kanak-kanak; 2:30-4:00pm untuk pelatih remaja PDK.

Program Lawatan ke Rumah: 2 kali/minggu; Selasa (2:00-4:00 petang) dan Sabtu (9:30am-12:30pm).

Program Rumah Kelompok (Lelaki): menempatkan seramai 4 OKU yang telah bekerja.

PDK Selayang yang ditadbir-urus oleh satu Jawatankuasa yang dilantik oleh ibubapa/penjaga OKU.

PDK Selayang dipengerusikan oleh Y. Bhg. Dato' Prof. Ir. Dr Haji Azhari Md Salleh, dengan kekuatan Jawatankuasa seramai 13 orang.

Seramai 15 kakitangan berkhidmat di PDK Selayang yang diketuai oleh Penyelia PDK iaitu Puan Noraini Othman, 8 orang Petugas PDK, 3 orang Pakar Pemulihan Perubatan, 1 orang Pemandu dan 3 orang Pembantu. 3 orang kakitangan PDK Selayang adalah dari kalangan OKU.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Innovative coffee outlet run by the deaf opens its doors

PETALING JAYA: Actions speak louder than words at DiB Coffees of Hawaii, the country's first speciality coffee outlet run by the deaf.
The colourful little Hawaiian-themed coffee outlet, which opened in Damansara Perdana yesterday, was set up to train and empower the hearing-impaired to be independent and achieve success.

The cafe specialises in gourmet Hawaiian coffee and also serves a variety of cakes and pastries.

“My plan is to train my staff, who are all deaf, and later when we are ready to expand, hopefully a deaf person can become the owner of a Deaf in Business (DiB) Coffees of Hawaii franchised outlet,” said owner Allen Teh, who has been working with the deaf for over 25 years.

Customers (from left) Zoey Boh, 38, Daniel, 11, Joraimi Jaiman, 40, looking at a DiB Coffees of Hawaii menu held up by cafe workers Rachel (left) and Sharmila (right), who are both hearing impaired. DiB Coffees of Hawaii in Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya, is the country’s first speciality coffee outlet run by the deaf. FAIHAN GHANI/ The Star

He said that despite their handicap, deaf people have skills which they can use to contribute to society.

For Rachel Lam, 26, DiB Coffees of Hawaii was the perfect platform for her to grow as a graphic designer.

Lam who became deaf at seven after an accident, designed all the mugs and posters at the outlet.

“Here I can hone my talent and also learn new skills, like how to make coffee,” she said through sign-language, while Teh interpreted.

Part-time waitress and single-mother Sherene Chan, has been working in restaurants for many years and now trains the younger staff.

“I am thankful for this part-time job as my son is going to college soon. I need to save money to pay his fees,” signed the 45-year-old who was born deaf. Chan also holds a full-time job as a data entry clerk.

Apple Yap, 26, previously worked in various bakeries and is happy with her new position as chief baker at the cafe because she gets to try out new recipes.

Among her new “creations” are the sunflower and cranberry walnut bun, and the Hawaii coconut bread.

“Look forward, set a goal, be independent and don't be lazy. There will be challenges, but don't be too proud to work hard,” signed Yap.

DiB Coffees of Hawaii is located at 11-A, Jalan PJU 8/5A, Bandar Damansara Perdana. Its opening hours are from 7.30am to 10pm, seven days a week.

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