A new advocacy campaign was launched by the Adventist Possibilities Ministry (APM) in Sabah on 30 April 2023. The two-day program was organized by Dr. Jane Yap, Malaysia Union Mission Health and APM Director, and Ms. Rozelene Gulon, Children and APM Director of Sabah Mission, and was attended by over 70 people, including parents, teachers, pastors, and community leaders. The campaign focused on people with neuro-developmental disorders, such as Intellectual and Learning Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The program included speakers from the Adventist University of the Philippines and Malaysia Union Mission who provided information on various aspects of neurodevelopmental disorders. The speakers also highlighted the need for more awareness and advocacy for such cases, as there has been a growing number of children born with these conditions in recent years.
One of the attendees, Madam Susannah Johnny, a mother of a 16-year-old with diagnosed ASD, expressed her support for the campaign, stating that it is about time that the church takes up this advocacy. She believes that the APM’s goal to set up an advocacy platform for children with ASD is a much-needed step toward creating a more inclusive society.
The APM’s initiative is a significant step towards improving the lives of people with neuro-developmental disorders in Sabah. With the support of parents, teachers, pastors, and community leaders, the APM aims to create a more supportive environment for people with these conditions. Through its advocacy campaign, the APM hopes to raise awareness about the challenges faced by people with neuro-developmental disorders and promote greater understanding and acceptance in the community.
11, May 2023, Thursday.