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Learning Includes

That the Disabled are not Left Behind in their Education and Economic Enabling

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No one must be left behind in education and economic enabling opportunities!

Our missions is to provide equal access to education that will be operated remotely to students stricken with all forms of disabilities and medical conditions which are tutored and coached by trained employed Adults stricken with all forms of disabilities and medical conditions. 

Since 2016, our Social Enterprise has collaborated with our nation, Malaysia's largest education content and resource provider to renovate and innovate their existing Virtual and Mobile Tuition Platform to be 100% accessible friendly for the Disabled students and tutors to use within their comfort zone safely without barriers. The Gap in education and economic enabling opportunities and equalities has left many of this marginalised and needy PWD communities trapped in poverty. 

But now, more than ever, the Digital Age can transform this landscape thanks to the easy availability of accessible technology on computers and mobile devices that has even enabled the Blind and Deaf people to navigate around this space easily within their comfort levels i.e to learn and earn without barriers. The wide coverage and usage of Wifi and Mobile has further enhance equalities for all. Technology is truly inclusive and our work is to collaborate with existing and proven digital platforms, be it in education or digital commerce  i.e  to renovate and innovate their platforms to be 100% accessible for the PWDs to operate and use. Our project equips and enable this PWD students and adults to both learn and earn equally remotely even in Pandemic times such as the Covid-19 now, in meeting 3  of UN SDGs of equalities in education and  economic enabling opportunities leading to Zero  Poverty!   

What is the need are you focusing on?

Lack of Accessible Friendly Virtual and Mobile Education and digital commerce platforms
for the Disabled to study and earn equally. Lack of Accessible Friendly Virtual and Mobile Education and digital Commerce platforms for the Disabled to study and earn equally. This apparent lack often leaves a huge gap in the learning performances  of this often left behind Visually, Physically  and Hearing Impaired students in their Education which is often a barrier  to their Employment and other economic enabling opportunities leaving many of them living in poverty when they grow up. This Gap in Learning and Economic Enabling opportunities is even more evident during the Covid-19 when Special Schools are closed and the Blind, Crippled  and Deaf Adults are unable to earn an income virtually remotely  due to the lack of training and the availability of accessible friendly education and digital commerce sites for this group of people to learn and earn; often leaving  them behind pre or post Covid-19

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Sharing an actual pivot your organization has already made

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

We are collaborating with our nation largest Education Content and Resources provider to renovate their existing online and mobile learning and tutoring platform to be 100% accessible friendly to the Blind, Deaf and Crippled students and adults alike. In making it 100% accessible friendly this targeted communities can learn interactively without barriers remotely even with limited WiFi coverage and for the PWD Adults to earn income by offering tutoring and coaching services to not only this PWD students but also the Abled students. Thus ensuring equalities in education and economic enabling opportunities pre or post Covid-19 leading to No One being left behind. PWD Adults can be trained and employed to give tuition and coaching to this PWD students virtually; equalities in education and employment opportunities leading to zero poverty in meeting 3 of UN SDGs

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

There is an estimated 1.3 billion PWDs globally with a third of this, being children. In ASEAN alone there is an estimated 90million PWDs &10 million are Children. More than 90% of them live in poverty. Often left behind in Education & Economic Enabling opportunities, we believe our Solution can transform this landscape. We want to provide equal opportunities for the Children to be educated & the PWD Adults be equipped to earn from the Virtual & Mobile Space without barriers. Today's technology & wide availability of Internet coverage can turn this inequalities around in the shortest time possible. Since 2017, in collaboration with an Education Content & Resource provider we have since given tuition & coaching aid virtually provided by 3 employed Blind Graduates to 200 Blind & Deaf students studying in 11 Special Public Schools in Malaysia. With more support & collaborations we believe our scalable & expandable solution can aid even more PWD children and adults beyond Malaysia!

What is the name of your business or organization?

DID MY Academy Sdn Bhd

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

Our Social Enterprise formed since 2012 vision is to see PWDs included in society globally thru works of providing equal education, employment and entrepreneur enabling opportunities to the targeted PWD and Medically Challenged communities leading to 0 poverty in collaboration with other Social, Private, Public and Education partners. Our website www.includes.my.

What is your profession?

CEO and Founder

Where are you located (country)?

Malaysia

Where are you located (region)?

  • South-eastern Asia

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Non-Profit/Philanthropy

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • 5-10 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Social Enterprise

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

Smart Phone/Devices Manufactures who can provide low cost smart phones/Devices for the Needy Disabled students and Adults to access the Learning and tuition resources platform.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

1. Lack of Funds to improve the accessibility structure especially in audio graphics description & sign language intrepretations 2. Lack of market awareness on adaptation of web & mobile applications availability & usage for this students resulting in misinterpretations that this students can use many of the free learning & e-commerce platforms available in the virtual space which are not disabled friendly. Most cannot understand why our solution need such monetary & technical support to renovate this platforms for the PWD to use 3. Due to lack of education & training opportunities we often face the lack of qualified PWD coaches & tutors 4. Access to low cost smart phone/devices & Subsidised Data Packages for this community

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

Always be ready to Accept, be Aware and be Resilient to adapt to changes and be humble.

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

No. N/A

Website URL

www.includes.my

Attachments (1)

SROI Learning Includes 2018 (May2019).pdf

Report of Social Return on Investment for our Learning Includes program

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Welcome to the challenge Stevens Chan  and thanks for sharing your idea. Could you share more around the progress so far?

Might be interesting to also check out the work WonderTree- Reinventing learning experiences  is doing and see if there could be some potential collaborations?

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Hi Isaac Jumba , we are now still in the midst of fund raising to continue with the remote tuition for the 200 students.. and yes, we would love to be connected with WonderTree- Reinventing learning experiences 

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Isaac Jumba Thanks for connecting us.
Hi Stevens Chan , You are doing great work in promoting inclusive education!
We have online Augmented reality based games to develop motor, cognitive and learning skills of children with special needs. We also have an in-built reporting system tracking the progress of each child. Currently, all our games are available for free download on our website: https://www.wondertree.co/

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Hi Maham Khalid . We're looking at possible ways of collaboration with Wondertree. Perhaps we could take this conversation further? I can be reached at stevens@did.my or you could share with us how we can be in touch

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Stevens Chan Yes, absolutely. I have emailed you. My email is mahamk@wondertree.co
Thanks!