UNITED Voice, the first society in Malaysia that is led by persons with learning disabilities, is celebrating the first anniversary of its I’mPossible Cafe.
The cafe was set up under the organisation’s Employment Project (Project I’mPossible) that was established as a means to provide unemployed members with the opportunity to experience working life and earn an income.
I’mPossible serves as a platform to train United Voice members in vocational and social skills with the aim of empowering them to be independent.
Starting off with handmade cards, bookmarks and magnets, it has since included producing handwoven merchandise and baked items.
The pastries, cookies and cakes they bake are sold at the I’mPossible Cafe, which opened on March 9 last year.
The cafe is also a place for United Voice to showcase its members’ woven or sewn products as well as paintings.
United Voice president Felicia Fang said the cafe served as a training ground for persons with learning disabilities to be employed.
“We strongly believe that the cafe is an excellent platform for helping these young individuals gain confidence in interacting with customers and building their self-esteem.
“They have learnt customer service, food handling, coffee making and operating the cash register.
“Through the cafe, we are also creating public awareness about persons with learning disabilities. We are proud of our members’ achievements and happy to be part of their growth,” she said.
Julie Quah, whose daughter is a member of United Voice, said, “I find comfort in knowing that my daughter has friends who understand her without saying a word, colleagues who support and give her encouragement for simple tasks that we take for granted.
“She has learnt that she has a responsibility as a colleague in her workplace and she is able to comfort and give strength to her circle of friends, at her own pace.”
To celebrate its anniversary, the cafe is offering a “Buy 1, Free 1” promotion on beverages.
In addition, it also has weekly promotions on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/unitedvoicemalaysia) and Instagram (unitedvoice_malaysia)
United Voice is a self-advocacy group registered in 2005. Its members, currently numbering 130, include persons with Down Syndrome, autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, global developmental delay, cerebral palsy and other specific learning disabilities.
I’mPossible Cafe is open Tuesdays to Thursdays, from 9.30am to 4pm.
Delivery is available via Beep, Grab and Maybank Sama Sama Lokal.The cafe is housed inside the United Voice headquarters at 603, Jalan 17/12, Petaling Jaya. For further information, WhatsApp 011-5639 7318 or send email to email@example.com