Ep1. Creating an Inclusive Society for the Differently Abled
In this episode, True Complexion’s Rozella Marie sits down with three reputable people in the local entrepreneurship community, which are Dr. Naziaty Mohd. Yaacob, an Associate Prof. at the Department of Architecture Universiti Malaya and founder of ZasVe; Zhariff Afandi, a developmental psychologist, social entrepreneur and author as well as Azman Samer, founder of the Pulze, a movement to assist differently abled people through entrepreneurship and employment. The three discusses on how differently abled people can embark themselves into not just entrepreneurship, but job opportunities out there. They deliberately point out factors and issues of inclusivity such as discrimination and pitch in ideas and notions to encounter these issues. Besides that, they also shed light on how employers should be aware of the social environment and understand that people with special needs are also as capable to carry out their duties.
Being fortunate enough to have supportive parents and friends, the three guests for this week’s podcast share their story and how they became the individuals they are now. They impart their objectives of entrepreneurship as mainly to build a better nation to make the world a better place to live in, rather than focusing on money-making programmes. Dr. Naziaty and Azman Samer talks about their initiatives, ZasVe and the Pulze, which aids in helping the elderly and the differently abled with technologies, applications, training programmes and talks. Laying out steps for the both the society and authorities in order to aid differently abled people achieving their dreams, they believe that education on inclusivity of the special needs in the community is very much needed. Although there are many government financial grants, employers still deem differently abled as ‘expensive employees’ and that there would be a handful of modifications to make for them to work in a suitable environment. Thus, all three of them strongly emphasize on the convention and rights of the differently abled and how people should provide support and even counselling services to cater their needs. They too believe that with enthusiasm for change, nothing is impossible.
Social stigmas are one of the biggest challenge for the differently abled people!