STEPPING STONE WORK CENTRE

53 Jalan Baru, Mk I Pulau Betong,
11000 Balik Pulau, Penang.
Tel : 604 – 8665349
Fax : 604 – 8665887

INTRODUCTION

Increasing the employability of persons with disabilities has always been one goal of independent living within the broader goals of consumer decision-making control and community participation.

Employment is an avenue to economic independence, enroute to social identification, and a source for personal networking for most adults in our society. In our adult years, we define ourselves by our careers, support our lifestyles throught our wages,and develop our friendship through our workplace.

Unfortunately, for many persons with intellectual disabilities, employment and associated benefits of employment have not been a realistic option.

 

ACS STEPPING STONE

Stepping Stone Centre is a part of Asia Community Service’s Support Centre for Community Living project, which provides a work place for people with special needs.

The project is in line with the UN-ESCAP declaration of “full participation and equal opportunities for people with disabilities” in the community. With an initial grant assistance from International Post Office Volunteers’ Fund, the Centre which is based in Balik Pulau, a rural district of Penang Island, began its operations in February 2000.

AIMS

Stepping Stone Centre aims to challenge society’s conventions by offering people with intellectual disabilities work opportunities.

For many of our members this is a rare experience of acceptance and respect, in a society that often rejects those whose difference we fear. This means seeing people with intellectual disabilities as having the same rights, hopes and expectations as any other individual.

We believe that they are people with gifts to offer, experiences to teach and hopes to fulfill. As such, this workplace offering job opportunities will be a stepping stone for them to be more economically independent in ensuring them a valued role in the community.

OBJECTIVES

To provide work for the members with intellectual disabilities in the areas of baking cakes, hand weaving, home made soap and candle making..
To support the members in their choice of the work areas depending on their interest..
To motivate and develop work attitudes and social skills..
To offer behavioral support, health and safety support, and financial management support..
To encourage self determination and decision making in members.
To have opportunities to establish and maintain friendships and relationships.
To enhance awareness of quality of life outcomes that results from the opportunity to work.

TYPE OF WORK

In a conventional way of thinking, people with disabilities must acquire and must consistently prescribe skills and competencies, such as reading, writing, independent in taking the bus etc… before they are considered a candidate for a real job.

The sad fact is that while some may take too long a time to reach that required level, some others will never ever be ready for work.

However, we realise that supports are one to help people with disabilities become more independent and able to control the direction of their own lives.

Therefore in ACS Stepping Stone, we want to view the people with intellectual disabilities as bringing skills and abilities rather than limitations and incapacity. We believe that with the necessary support and given opportunities, the members can develop career growth.

Hence, the Centre provides on-the-job training in the following work sections that have been identified i.e.:

tick Baking Section (e.g. Cakes and Cookies)
tick Hand Weaving and Yarn Dyeing section
tick Creative Craft Section (e.g. Handmade candle and soap making)
tick Batik Printing section
tick Pottery section

NUN jauh di sudut pedalaman Pulau Betong, Balik Pulau, berdirinya sebuah pusat diusaha sepenuhnya oleh sebuah pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) yang menjadi penyuntik harapan kepada golongan orang kelainan upaya (OKU) mental atau ‘Intellectually Disable’ (ID) di negeri ini.

 

SALAH seorang pekerja sedang menyiapkan produk kertas daripada batang pisang.
SALAH seorang pekerja sedang menyiapkan produk kertas daripada batang pisang

Menyediakan pelbagai latihan kemahiran kepada golongan yang sentiasa dipinggirkan oleh masyarakat umum, Stepping Stone : Support Centre In Community Living (SS) merupakan satu-satunya nadi harapan golongan istimewa ini untuk menabur bakti kepada masyarakat.

Dibiayai sepenuhnya oleh Nippon Foundation, ACE Japan, Lion’s Club International Foundation, Persatuan Bunga Tanjung, Mitsubishi Foundation dan beberapa pertubuhan lain, SS bukan berfungsi sebagai sebuah rumah kebajikan yang menawarkan perkhidmatan penjagaan kepada golongan-golongan berkenaan, sebaliknya, adalah menjadi prinsip SS untuk melatih seseorang OKU ID dari tahap permulaan dikenali sebagai ‘pekerja biasa’ kepada ‘pekerja’ mahir’ dan seterusnya sebagai seorang ‘pelatih’ yang mampu berdikari dan mempunyai pendapatan sendiri.

ROZIHAD Yahya menunjukkan proses tenunan yang menjadi kemahirannya sejak 10 tahun lalu.
ROZIHAD Yahya menunjukkan proses tenunan yang menjadi kemahirannya sejak 10 tahun lalu

Penyelia Pusat SS, Hasra Othman berkata, pihaknya akan memproses permohonan sama ada secara bertulis atau ‘walk in’ mengikut kriteria ditetapkan iaitu seseorang perlu berusia 18 tahun ke atas ; mempunyai pengangkutan sendiri (latihan khas dalam tempoh tiga hingga enam bulan menggunakan perkhidmatan pengangkutan awam seperti bas akan diberikan kepada pemohon yang tidak memiliki pengangkutan sendiri) dan keutamaan diberikan kepada pemohon OKU ID berbanding kecacatan fizikal.

“Pada tempoh percubaan tiga bulan pertama, seseorang ‘pekerja biasa’ tidak akan diberikan elaun. Sepanjang tempoh ini, mereka akan didedahkan dengan semua aspek latihan kemahiran di SS sebelum dikhususkan mengikut bakat serta minat masing-masing.

”Di SS, kita bukan hanya berfokuskan kepada latihan penghasilan produk hiasan, sebaliknya, produk kegunaan harian seperti tenunan guni, cebisan kain, benang halus, rafia, penghasilan sabun daripada minyak terpakai, bakeri, memasak, batik, penghasilan kertas daripada batang pisang dan ikat celup merupakan keutamaan khas bagi memenuhi permintaan pasaran komersial,’’

CORAK batik yang dihasilkan mengikut kreativiti pelatih.
CORAK Batik yang dihasilkan mengikut kreativiti pelatih

 sumber : http://www.buletinmutiara.com/stepping-stone-penyuntik-harapan-oku/

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