For more than two years, members of United Voice (UV) a self-advocacy society of people with learning disabilities, worked in earnest towards one dream and that is to own a building for the society’s activities and employment projects.
The team raised more than RM1mil for their Building Fund Project through various fundraisers and donations.
United Voice (UV) president Johari Jamali said: “I thought it would take much longer to raise funds. Thankfully, we managed to achieve our goal fast because we had the support of parents, dedicated volunteers, individuals, and several corporations.”
He also thanked the Prime Minister’s Department for their contribution towards the society’s cause.
The two-storey headquarters in Section 17/12, Petaling Jaya, is accessible to wheelchair users and consists of an administrative office, a computer room, seminar hall, art gallery, gift shop, and a bakery.
UV, a registered society, was in need of a centre as their membership has increased to 130 members since its inception more than 10 years ago.
The society strives to enable its members to live independently by equipping them with skills and experience so that they could earn a living and join the community, instead of living in isolation.
“I wish to see better inclusion in educational institutions and at work for people with learning disabilities,” Johari said.
The foundation was initially founded by Peter Young, director of Dignity & Services.
He believes every single person is equal and therefore those at United Voice are just as important as anyone else.
UV treasurer Ester Moh said: “Who would have thought people with learning disabilities could lead their own society. This has been made possible by Peter Young without whom there would probably be no UV today.”
The opening ceremony was attended by many friends and family, and one self-advocacy group, Mutiara Voice Club came all the way from Penang to celebrate the occasion.
The centre is located at 603, Jalan 17/12, Petaling Jaya.
For details, visit www.unitedvoice.com.my