Month July 2023

Using Respectful and Appropriate Disability Language

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This is an open letter to all media practitioners, especially editors, Members of Parliament (MPs) and State Assemblies (ADUNs), and Ministers. We thank those of you who have demonstrated support of persons with disabilities. With Malaysia’s aspiration to be a developed nation, it is time to consider the use of inappropriate language for referring to persons with disabilities and disability-related matters. How do we use terminology that shapes behaviour, to break barriers and exclusion? Not reinforce those.

Misconceptions of Savant Skills

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Savant skills refer to extraordinary abilities in a particular area, such as music, art, mathematics, or memory, exhibited by individuals with a developmental disorder, such as autism or Asperger's syndrome. Despite the many extraordinary abilities displayed by savants, there are several misconceptions about these skills.