Enabling Academy

Enabling Academy

Enabling Academy

In 2013, Gamuda launched Project Differently-Abled (Project DA). Since then, 20 employees with autism have been employed. This success inspired us to establish the Enabling Academy in 2017, aimed at preparing more people with autism for gainful and sustainable employment. The Enabling Academy conducts an employment transition programme that trains and places young adults with autism into companies that embrace diversity and inclusion in their workforce.

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To aid educators, trainers and facilitators in their efforts to prepare their target group in achieving gainful and sustainable employment, Enabling Academy launched the Employment Transition Programme – Trainer’s Manual, focusing on the right training and support to improve the quality of life for people with autism.
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Opportunities, training and the right support can improve the quality of life for people with autism.
Promoting gainful and sustainable employment for those on the autism spectrum would not be possible without the commitment of our partnering companies to embrace workplace inclusivity and diversity.
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Project Aims

Offer an employment transition programme that provides pre-employment training and job placement support for adults with autism to achieve sustainable administrative or professional employment
Collaborate with partner companies to create sustainable employment opportunities for people with autism

Malaysia's first Employment Transition Centre for people with autism initiated by a private company.

Project Aims

Offer an Employment Transition Programme that provides pre-employment training and job placement support for adults with autism to achieve sustainable employment
Collaborate with partner companies to create sustainable employment opportunities for people with autism
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What is autism?

Professionals diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by looking at a person's difficulties in two areas - social communication and restricted, repetitive and /or sensory behaviours or interests.

Common signs of autism in adults:
  • Finding it hard to understand others’ thoughts and feelings
  • Getting very anxious about social situations
  • Finding it hard to build and sustain friendship or preferring to be on their own
  • Seemingly blunt, rude or not interested in others without meaning to
  • Finding it hard to express one’s feelings
  • Taking things literally
  • Prefer fixed routine and getting very anxious with changes
Consult a registered clinical psychologist or psychiatrist if you have suspicion that you may have autism. Getting diagnosed will enable you in getting the support you need.
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Challenges at work

At work, some people with autism may have certain challenges that require understanding and support.

Social communication issues:
  • Talking too much or giving too much information
  • Making inappropriate comments
  • Interrupting or being repetitive
  • Making or maintaining eye contact
  • Reading facial expression and recognising faces
  • Interpreting sarcasm or idioms
  • Dealing with social situations and office politics
Sensory issues: (Sensory processing is not a fine-tuned integration system.​ The ‘filter’ is not working well, letting in too much or too little stimulation​)
  • Hyposensitive – require greater stimulation for the person to experience the stimuli
  • Hypersensitive – extreme sensitivity to certain stimuli
Executive functioning issues:
  • Planning – Prioritise, organise thoughts and materials
  • Focusing – Follow through and complete tasks, avoid distractions and shift attention
  • Being flexible – Transition between tasks, cope with changes in routine
  • Managing time – Estimate and allocate time needed, adjust processing speed
  • Retrieving information – Remember details, draws on past learning
Regulating emotions – Manage frustration and emotions, think before speaking/acting
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Our approach

We believe in seeing each person as a unique individual before considering the person's abilities. Such notion directs our approach in our mission in promoting sustainable employment for people with autism. In Enabling Academy, each individual is assigned to a Job Coach for a customised individualised support plan. The plan detailed the person's interests and abilities considering the areas that require support.

Employment Transition Programme

This three-month employment transition programme, sponsored by Yayasan Gamuda, comprises two courses designed to equip trainees with relevant soft skills and practical job training that are essential for employability.

Employment Transition Programme

In 2013, Gamuda launched its Project Differently-Abled (Project DA) to sustainably employ adults on the autism spectrum. This success inspired us to establish Enabling Academy (EA) in 2017, aimed at raising awareness and enlarging the network of partner corporates to provide administrative or professional jobs to individuals with high-functioning autism. EA conducts an Employment Transition Programme (ETP) that trains and places individuals with autism into companies that embrace diversity and inclusion in their workforce.

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Contact us: Tel: +603 7710 8800 Email: enablingacademy@yayasangamuda.my
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graduates secured and sustained jobs at partner companies for at least a year
0
candidates have been trained
60 st
in Malaysia to publish an Employment Transition Programme Trainer's Manual

Public awareness outreach on the employability of persons with autism

  • 150 companies
  • 2,840 local communities
  • 2,253 Gamuda employees

Public awareness outreach on the employability of persons with autism

  • 150 companies
  • 1,963 local communities
  • 2,253 Gamuda employees

EA ETP Trainer's Manual distribution

  • Total of 3,268 book were distributed
  • Among all of it, 1917 were to schools with special education programme, 586 were to Community-Based Rehabilitation and 100 to universities, the rest are other organizations and private sectors.
*All data from 2017 to April 2021
60% graduates secured jobs at partner companies
63 candidates have been trained
1st in Malaysia to publish an Employment Transition Programme Trainer's Manual

Public awareness outreach on the employability of persons with autism

  • 150 companies
  • 1,963 local communities
  • 2,253 Gamuda employees

EA ETP Trainer's Manual distribution

  • Total of 3,268 book were distributed
  • Among all of it, 1917 were to schools with special education programme, 586 were to Community-Based Rehabilitation and 100 to universities, the rest are other organizations and private sectors.
*All data from 2017 to 2020

Course I: Personal Development for Career Sustainability

This course focuses on soft skills development and covers two modules: Personal Development and Career Development. Training is conducted in a classroom setting with creative approaches that encourage active participation from trainees for more effective learning. Lessons learned are then applied during practical training.

Course II: Job Skills Development

To develop their employability skills, a mock office with a simulation-based approach is set up at the academy so trainees may experience the corporate environment and their work in clerical, administrative, IT-related and research assistant roles. Practical training will be arranged for trainees with professional qualification during the second or third month of training.  Besides practical job training, basic work etiquette such as communication skills, accountability, teamwork and time management are taught in practical ways.

  • 21 years old and above
  • Official autism diagnosis or medical report from a registered psychologist/psychiatrist
  • Completed secondary school or tertiary education
  • Vocational aptitude suitable for administrative or professional jobs in a corporate setting
Screening
  • Applicants’ resume and diagnosis will be reviewed
Interview
  • Shortlisted applicants will attend face-to-face interview
Offer
  • Selected applicants will be notified by Enabling Academy
In effort to foster an inclusive and diverse work culture by replicating more Employment Transition Programmes (ETPs) nationwide, Enabling Academy proudly present the ETP Trainer’s Manual as a guide for special education teachers, vocational trainers and job coaches in preparing adults with autism and other learning disabilities for sustainable employment.

Testimonials

Group Human Capital, DRB-HICOM: We knew there were challenges but we also knew we could be an agent of change. So, we took it on board, and we have been delighted with the experience. We wanted this to be a learning experience not merely for the EA graduates, but also for us. Indeed, it has been an eye opener, and we’ve learnt as well. Tolerance, acceptance, inclusivity has a deeper meaning now.
Leow Khang Heng, CEO of Macro Dimension Concrete Sdn Bhd: Initially we were quite apprehensive how we would be able to adapt. We are very grateful that having him (the hired graduate) on board with us has enabled us to accept him and to accept our own people as team players. It has impacted us very positively with him around and we truly believe that we can move forward with that.

Adriel Sim-Yii

I am able to meet new friends with autism.

Shahbudin Proehoeman

I am more confident to go to work.

Putri Khalid

I feel happy and grateful. I learned a lot from Enabling Academy.

Imran Bazil Kamal

I feel grateful for the opportunity Enabling Academy had given to me. It helped me to be more engaging to people.

Khalidah Lee Abdullah
(Putri’s mother)

Putri is more independent and confident.

Ahmad Kamah Abdul Hamid
(Imran’s father)

My son has changed to be more responsible.

Zamiah Zainal Abidin
(Farid’s mother)

He can adapt to the working environment. He became more independent.

What do Employers say?

Stanley Chee, CEO and Co-founder of SalesCandy International Sdn Bhd: I think definitely having him (the hired graduate) join us make us a bit more sensitive in terms of communication. We like to be able to have more viewpoints on all matters. As a company, we believe that gives us a better shot in getting any of our products right. There are more angles to look at one problem.

Leow Khang Heng, CEO of Macro Dimension Concrete Sdn Bhd: Initially we were quite apprehensive how we would be able to adapt. We are very grateful that having him (the hired graduate) on board with us has enable to accept him and to accept our own people as team players. It has impacted us very positively with him around and we truly believe that we can move forward with that.

What do our graduates say?

Adriel Sim-Yii: I’m able to meet new friends with autism.

Elizabeth Goh Ching Yi: After I do the work (tasked in Enabling Academy), I get a sense of satisfaction. The most valuable lesson is to be resilient.

Shahbudin Proehoeman: I am more confident to go to work.

Putri Khalid: I feel happy and grateful. I learned a lot from Enabling Academy.

Imran Bazil Kamal: I feel grateful for the opportunity Enabling Academy had given to me. It helped me to be more engaging to people.

What do the parents say?

Khalidah Lee Abdullah (Putri's mother): My child is more independent and confident.

Ahmad Kamah Abdul Hamid (Imran's father): My son has changed to be more responsible.

Zamiah Zainal Abidin (Farid's mother): He can adapt to the working environment. He became more independent.

Apply Now

To apply, email your resume, medical diagnosis report and copies of certificates to Enabling Academy
(Intakes: January and July)

Our partner companies

For Partner Companies

Employment Transition Programme Trainer’s Manual

The manual aims to aid educators, trainers and facilitators in their effort to prepare their target group for lessons on topics regarding personal development, career sustainability and job skills development, leading each one towards achieving gainful and sustainable employment.

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Total of 3,386 books and e-manuals were distributed

1,911Special Education Division and Schools
586Community-Based Rehabilitation Centres
225Non-governmental Organisations and Social Enterprises
169Department for the Development of Persons with Disabilities
71Parents and individuals
69Corporate Companies and partner companies of EA
66Foreign Organisations
53Private Universities
48Public Universities
35Polytechnics and Community Colleges
34Private Centres and Consultants for People with Disabilities
28National Youth Skills Institutes
13Government and Private Hospitals
48Other Ministries and Government Agencies
30Other Private and Foreign Education Institutions

*Updated as of July 2021

This introductory workshop aims to equip practitioners to develop an Employment Transition Programme (ETP) that prepares persons with disabilities for gainful and sustainable employment, and independent living. The key takeaways include:

  • Strategies to develop an ETP
  • How to use / adapt Enabling Academy ETP Trainer’s Manual
  • Recruitment and assessment of candidates
  • How to develop contacts and cooperation with employers
  • Pre-employment preparation
  • Job placement
  • Working with parents / carers
  • Individualised training
  • Job placement support for PWDs during COVID-19

To register for the workshop, email us at enablingacademy@yayasangamuda.my

Practitioner’s Workshop has reached 147 participants over 69 organisations. (NGOs, Institutions, Schools, Hospitals and Private Centres)

*Updated as of July 2021

Total of 3,300 books were distributed

  • 871 Special Education Programme in Secondary Schools
  • 586 Community-Based Rehabilitation Centres
  • 28  National Youth Skills Institutes
  • 35  Polytechnics and Community Colleges
  • 45  Public Universities
  • 53  Private Universities
  • 45  Private Companies
  • 14  International Schools
  • 183 Non-governmental Organisations
  • 28  Private centres for people with disabilities

*Updated as of 15th April 2021

This introductory workshop aims to equip practitioners to develop an Employment Transition Programme (ETP) that prepares persons with disabilities for gainful and sustainable employment and independent living. The key takeaways include:

  • Strategies to develop an ETP
  • How to use / adapt Enabling Academy ETP Trainer’s Manual
  • Recruitment and assessment of candidates
  • How to develop contacts and cooperation with employers
  • Pre-employment preparation
  • Job Placement
  • Working with parents / carers
  • Individualised training
  • Job placement support for PWDs during COVID-19

To  register for the workshop, email us at enablingacademy@yayasangamuda.my

Practitioner’s Workshop has reached 123 participants over 62 organisations. ( NGOs, Institutions, Schools, Hospitals and Private Centres)

*Updated as of 15th April 2021

Total of 3,300 books were distributed

  • 871 Special Education Programme in Secondary Schools
  • 586 Community-Based Rehabilitation Centres
  • 28  National Youth Skills Institutes
  • 35  Polytechnics and Community Colleges
  • 45  Public Universities
  • 53  Private Universities
  • 45  Private Companies
  • 14  International Schools
  • 183 Non-governmental Organisations
  • 28  Private centres for people with disabilities

*Updated as of 15th April 2021

This introductory workshop aims to equip practitioners to develop an Employment Transition Programme (ETP) that prepares persons with disabilities for gainful and sustainable employment and independent living. The key takeaways include:

  • Strategies to develop an ETP
  • How to use / adapt Enabling Academy ETP Trainer’s Manual
  • Recruitment and assessment of candidates
  • How to develop contacts and cooperation with employers
  • Pre-employment preparation
  • Job Placement
  • Working with parents / carers
  • Individualised training
  • Job placement support for PWDs during COVID-19

To  register for the workshop, email us at enablingacademy@yayasangamuda.my

Practitioner’s Workshop has reached 123 participants over 62 organisations. ( NGOs, Institutions, Schools, Hospitals and Private Centres)

*Updated as of 15th April 2021

Autism is a neurological condition. The brain of individuals with autism are wired differently, resulting in sensory sensitivities, repetitive routines, intense focus on narrow areas of interest and an inability to read social cues the way the rest of the world does. 
 
Professionals diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by looking at a person’s difficulties in two areas – social communication and restricted, repetitive and /or sensory behaviours or interests.
 
Common signs of autism in adults:
  • Finding it hard to understand others’ thoughts and feelings
  • Getting very anxious about social situations
  • Finding it hard to build and sustain friendship or preferring to be on their own
  • Seemingly blunt, rude or not interested in others without meaning to
  • Finding it hard to express one’s feelings
  • Taking things literally
  • Prefer fixed routine and getting very anxious with changes
Consult a registered clinical psychologist or psychiatrist if you have suspicion that you may have autism. Getting diagnosed will enable you in getting the support you need.
Social communication issues – Theory of mind and hidden curriculum play a big part in day to day social communication. Issues in these two areas bring difficulties for adults with autism in their social skills. 
 
Difficulties in these areas may be seen through:
  • Talking too much or giving too much information
  • Making inappropriate comments
  • Interrupting or being repetitive
  • Making or maintaining eye contact
  • Reading facial expression and recognising faces
  • Interpreting sarcasm or idioms
  • Dealing with social situations and office politics
Sensory issues: Sensory processing is not a fine-tuned integration system.​ The ‘filter’ is not working well, letting in too much or too little stimulation​
  • Hyposensitive – require greater stimulation for the person to experience the stimuli
  • Hypersensitive – extreme sensitivity to certain stimuli
Executive functioning issues:
  • Planning – Prioritise, organise thoughts and materials
  • Focusing – Follow through and complete tasks, avoid distractions and shift attention
  • Being flexible – Transition between tasks, cope with changes in routine
  • Managing time – Estimate and allocate time needed, adjust processing speed
  • Retrieving information – Remember details, draws on past learning
Regulating emotions – Manage frustration and emotions, think before speaking/acting
 
It is important to note that not all individuals with autism will display all of these behaviors. Each individual on the spectrum is different, and their challenges related to autism will be unique to them.
We believe in seeing each person as a unique individual before considering the person’s abilities. Such notion directs our approach in our mission in promoting sustainable employment for people with autism. In Enabling Academy, each individual is assigned to a Job Coach for a customised individualised support plan. The plan detailed the person’s interests and abilities considering the areas that require support.
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