Nuraqilah Fatin Swat has mild intellectual disability but that is not all she has. She also has capabilities and ambitions. A barista at a café chain, she is not content to simply brew coffee. She wants to sharpen her skills in latte art and plans to carve out a career in the food industry.
Not everyone with a disability has the same kind of chance to be employed. Fewer still have the opportunity to pursue a career they are passionate about. In fact, many find transiting from school to work daunting. Those who acquired a disability also often face difficulties re-integrating. Buildings and environments pose obstacles. Employers are not always inclusive or willing to make adjustments in the workplace to accommodate them.
All this can change. You can help. Encourage transition and employment efforts for people with disabilities. They want to maximise their learning and work potential. They want to lead independent lives that have purpose and meaning. They want to contribute to society. With the proper vocational training, with the right job placement, with you on their side, they can.