People with special needs (OKU) represent a cluster of the community who also have the opportunity to live a life like other members of the community.
This is among the concept portrayed in an exhibition put up by Government Departments and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) in guiding and training the (OKU) in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration organised by Yayasan Sultan Haji HassanalBolkiah.
It is also a manifestation of care by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam towards the welfare and well-being of such group of people. His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri as well as members of the royal family consented to view the exhibition at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the International Convention Centre.
This exhibition is in line with the celebration theme to enhance understanding of the OKU Group on His Majesty’s Aspiration for all levels of the community including the OKU to be aware of the importance of their responsibility and role to increase their self-esteem as individuals who are self-reliant and able to contribute to the nation-building.
As an inclusive society, the welfare and well-being of the OKU in the country is always given due attention. With government policy of providing several aid schemes and programmes, guidance and training, they are able to enjoy the privilege of equal rights and opportunities to live a life like other members of the community. Each of them has his own capability and potential that can be developed towards becoming individuals with high self-esteem like other people.
Taking part in the exhibition were the Special Education Unit, PusatBahagia, the Community Development Department and the Children Development Centre, as well as 9 non-government organisations that conduct aid programme in providing assistance, guidance and training to the Groups of People with Special Needs namely the Association of Disabled Children, KACA, SMARTER Brunei, PusatEhsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam, Special Olympics of Brunei Darussalam Association (SOBD), Brunei Darussalam National Association for the Blind (BDNAB), the Paraplegic Association (PAPDA), the National Hearing Impaired Association and the Down Syndrome Association.
The Exhibition took the form of appreciation for the achievements and success of the OKU in specific fields that can inspire and motivate other OKUs to achieve success in the future. The exhibition was also most relevant with the call in His Majesty’s titah for all sectors to cooperate in carrying out their responsibility as a caring community towards the OKU.
Given the appropriate guidance, education and skills, they would certainly be able to develop their self-esteem towards becoming independent and successful individuals who are capable of contributing towards the development of the community and nation.