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Independent Living (IL) Program

According to Adolf Ratzka, “Independent Living is a philosophy and a movement of people with disabilities who work for self-determination, equal opportunities and self-respect”. In other words, IL is a concept or view that emphasis on OKU's freedom in making decisions, determine the direction or goal in life and have full responsibility for itself for the various aspects of life. It also aims to pay tribute to the disabled as part of the systems that make up a community, and have the rights and needs to be fulfilled in effecting their lives.

In Malaysia, IL was introduced through the Project Support Participation of Persons with Disabilities (OKU) in collaboration undertaken by the Malaysian Social Welfare Department (JKM) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in the 2005-2008 period. Through this project a series of IL courses have been conducted in Japan and Malaysia. The participants of the course, has implemented and expanded the program by organizing seminars and IL campaign in Kuala Lumpur and Teluk Intan

First Malaysia IL Center “Society of Independent Living for The Disabled Selangor” was established on February 6, 2008 in Petaling Jaya, which was founded by Beautiful Gate Foundation grant allocated from JKM.

Philosophy of IL

  1. OKU should live in the community rather than in institutions;
  2. OKU must not be treated as patients, children who given protection or God to be worshiped;
  3. OKU know better about the necessary assistance and needs and be able to manage its own;
  4. OKU are victims of discrimination,rather than victims of their inability.
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