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EmpowerFest 2024 Celebrates Inclusion and Neurodiversity

KUALA LUMPUR: Oasis Place, Malaysia’s premier transdisciplinary intervention center, proudly hosted EmpowerFest 2024 at Avenue K Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from Friday, May 10th to Sunday, May 12th, 2024.

Event Details:
Event Title: “Through Our Heart – EMPOWERFEST – Carnival of Inclusion & Neurodiversity”
Date: Friday, May 10th – Sunday, May 12th, 2024
Location: Avenue K Shopping Mall, Level G, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

EmpowerFest 2024 served as a groundbreaking festival dedicated to celebrating inclusion, empowerment, acceptance, and community engagement. It provided a unique platform for showcasing inspiring stories, achievements, and challenges faced by neurodivergent individuals. The festival’s theme, “Through Our Heart,” underscored the potential for every unique individual and community stakeholder to succeed and make meaningful social impact contributions.

Highlights from Selected Presenters and Panelists:
1. Joshua Teow – Neurodivergent autistic adult and long-time employee at Uniqlo, exemplifying meaningful professional success.
2. June – Co-owner of Nozig, sharing her family’s journey in managing neurodiversity through sporting activities.
3. Joyce Teoh Lay Bee & Sabrina Teoh Weber – Mother and Down syndrome daughter duo, emphasizing the importance of avoiding comparisons in parenting.
4. Linda & Amir – Owners of Dyslexia Café, showcasing Amir’s journey from dyslexia diagnosis to becoming a trained chef and café owner.
5. Grace Gan – Manager at Yayasan Gamuda Enabling Academy, highlighting the importance of employment transition programs for neurodivergent individuals.
6. Dr. Cheah Boon Eu – Autistic medical doctor, sharing her personal journey of managing challenges and inspiring others in the healthcare community.
7. Dr. Hazli Zakaria – Consultant Psychiatrist, advocating for mental health support and social advocacy.

Awareness and Empowerment Through EmpowerFest 2024:
EmpowerFest 2024 aimed not only to provide a platform for learning and connection but also to challenge societal perceptions of neurodiversity. The three-day event featured highly interactive activities, engagement forums, presentations, and panel discussions, allowing the public to immerse themselves experientially with experts and lived-experience stories from the neurodiverse community.

About Masteron:
Masteron Group, along with Nisai Group, played a crucial role in ensuring the success of EmpowerFest 2024. Both organizations are dedicated to creating opportunities and providing resources that empower individuals with special needs to succeed.

Oasis Place’s Vision:
Dr. Choy Sook Kuen, Mother and Founder of Oasis Place, expressed gratitude for the support received from sponsors like Masteron Group, emphasizing the event’s goal of breaking boundaries and promoting neuroinclusion. Oasis Place’s collaborative efforts with organizations like Nisai Group reflect a commitment to making a positive impact on the community.

EMPOWERFEST Event Sponsors & Partners:
– Hosted By: Oasis Place
– Main Sponsor: Masteron Group
– Co-Sponsors: DOREMI, Kintry, Nisai Group, KyoChon
– Community Partners: Four Points by Sheraton, Chinatown, NASOM, SENIA, AVENUE K, Limkokwing University of Creative Arts, Kita Family Podcast.

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