It has been undeniable that in our society especially in countries like Malaysia, the disabled have not been properly taken cared of. Everything right from the basic amenities to work opportunities for these less fortunate groups are being overlooked. To the general public, these people do not exist and that is truly a very sad case.
However, in this internet age, the disabled groups should take full advantage of this opportunity to make something out of it as the internet discriminates no one. Since an internet marketer could work from practically anywhere like in their own home, that has eliminated the physical challenge for the disabled in terms of transportation and travel.
On the psychological aspect, the disabled will usually tend to have lower self-confidence due to their disabilities and the public perception of them. But in the internet, one could sell his or her products without the need to reveal themselves physically. I have been a full time internet marketer for the last 8 years and I have never even once having to reveal my personal identity in order to sell. Yet I could still sell without any difficulties.
In the internet marketplace, it is the product that buyers are more interested in. Not so much on who the sellers are. As such, their disabilities will no longer be a major factor. Moreover, it is easier to take rejections in the internet compared to doing hard selling face-to-face. In the internet, it is the sales page (webpage) that will be doing the selling and taking the rejections. Not the business owners.
I have always believe that God is fair. Those that have physical disabilities are always compensated with other talents that normal people lacks. These people are very creative when it comes to arts and crafts. The internet is a very big marketplace that their wares could be sold on the internet instead of peddling them on the street or selling it cheaply to the retail outlets. The internet provides them the medium to get connected directly with the buyers. That way, they could reap all the full benefits and rewards. And not forgetting in a more scalable process too. They could setup their own online stores or sell their produces in Ebay. For Malaysian, other alternatives would be Mudah.com, Lelong.com, etc.
Today, I have the opportunity to speak on the phone briefly with Mr Moses Choo, the Assistant Executive Director of the National Council of the Blind, Malaysia. I am hoping that I could actually move one step further in creating awareness on the internet marketing to the community. If possible, I would like to get involved and explore further on how I can use internet marketing to teach these less fortunate groups to be more self-reliant, instead of just depending on others and the open employment. Everyone deserves a fair opportunity to survive. And what other better ways, than to impart my skills and knowledge to help them. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than to see another person benefited greatly from my effort.
Actually, I’ve got to know Mr Moses from Penny Leong, one of our current IM participants who is also a volunteer with the disabled people like St. Nicholas. It was Penny who wanted to register some visually impaired friends to participate in our free evening IM program that triggered the whole idea. Eventually, she managed to identify a few places that have a computer training rooms that is handicapped friendly like in St.Nicholas and the YWCA. We still need to get approval to use these places and we will start off with a few participants initially and see how it goes from there. The IM training for them will be conducted in the morning as I will be fully occupied in the evening doing IM sessions with the normal folks. After dropping my children off to school every weekday, I am practically free the whole morning until noon.
In order to teach these disabled groups, the current method of teaching is no longer applicable. First, I need to know how these people learn because I have never had any experiences working with them. It is not a problem but more of a challenge. I would probably have a lot to learn from them too. To ensure the trainings are more effective, I will need to get more input from others on what is the best ways to go about it. Especially from people who have done it, and what better places to get those answers than to participate in such related internet forums. And hopefully, I could also get some comments and suggestions here as well.