The rights of PWDs have been raised and discussed at length. They are among the vulnerable groups in the society. Malaysia ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on 19 July 2010, with reservations to Articles 15 and 18. Malaysia has not signed the Optional Protocols to this Convention. However, ratification of the CRPD is a step towards proving Malaysia’s readiness to translate these rights into action.
Complaints and issues with regard to the PWDs continue to be raised with the Commission. These include, among others, the registration of PWDs, the education system, access to public facilities, amenities and services and buildings, public transportation facilities, employment opportunities, and healthcare services.
The Commission has been calling upon the Government to fulfil its obligations under the CPRD by ensuring that PWDs enjoy their inherent right to life, non-discrimination, equal rights, access to justice, and participation in political life. PWDs are entitled to exercise their civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights on an equal basis with others.
The Commission is currently studying issues concerning the right to education of Children with Learning Disabilities (CWLD) by conducting activities to gather information and identify issues. These included field visits to schools with integration programmes and to schools run by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to observe the teaching of, and lessons for, CWLD; public fora on the right to education of CWLD; and teacher-training workshops.
The Commission has also organised a series of workshops on Human Rights for Special Education Teachers who teaches SES (Vision and Hearing Inpairment) and SEIP (Learning Disabilities) based on region in Peninsular Malaysia. The workshops provided them with information on children’s rights and identified related educational needs.