Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Lions Clubs of District 308 B1 Malaysia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation (MOU) with Special Olympics Asia Pacific, continuing its worldwide efforts to achieve the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in their communities.
Building on the organizations' 14-year history of collaboration, the MOU strengthens ties between Special Olympics and Lions Clubs District 308 B1 Malaysia in the community through the following:
- Provide high quality Special Olympics vision screening and follow up services for people with intellectual disabilities.
- Engagement and inclusive sports opportunities to reach more young people and Leos through inclusive sports programs.
- Conduct Family Health Forums to educate families and carers of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
People with intellectual disabilities are one of the most marginalized, isolated, and neglected populations in the world. Out of the 27 countries in Special Olympics Asia Pacific region, Special Olympics estimates that there are as many as 72 million people with intellectual disabilities and 900,000 in Malaysia alone.
“By formalising this partnership to benefit communities in Malaysia, Lions Clubs International is continuing its efforts to help Special Olympics empower people with intellectual disabilities to achieve their best both on and off the playing field.” Says Dr. John Dow, Jr.,Acting President & Managing Director, Special Olympics Asia Pacific.
“It is our responsibility to ensure that no one is left behind in our communities, especially the less fortunate. We are pleased to collaborate with Special Olympics for this common purpose,” says Lim Hoe Guan, the newly installed District Governor 308 B1 Malaysia.