2014 IDPP Fellowship Cohort
Mr. Tuan Sek "James" Chua
Mr. Chua is an English and Science teacher at The Community Service Centre for the Deaf (CSCD) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In this position, he teaches Form 1 and Form 4 students. Mr. Chua also serves as secretary of the Deaf Club Committee at YMCA Kuala Lumpur and is also volunteer and coach for Swim in 12 Malaysia, where he is both a swimming instructor for deaf children as well as a human resources manager. In 2003, he was elected vice president of the Limkokwing Deaf Students’ Society at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, and in 2006, he served as president of the organization. Mr. Chua has a great deal of experience in professional and business writing, primarily in the accounting and banking industries. He previously worked at Institut Bank-Bank Malaysia and Wolters Kluwer Enterprise Service Partners’ Malaysia office as an editor. Mr. Chua earned his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in Malaysia in conjunction with Curtin University of Technology in Australia in 2006. Mr. Chua’s career goals include working to promote educational literacy for people who are deaf and establishing himself as a leader in the advocacy and training communities for persons with disabilities.
Mr. Erick Marco G. Ramos
Mr. Ramos served as a field researcher with the Special Education Fund Impact Assessment Research Project at The Asia Foundation. In this role, he designed data gathering materials, collected data via informant interviews, interpreted research data, and wrote case reports and field studies. He also volunteered as an English and assistive technology instructor and lead trainer for ATRIEV Computer Services for the Blind. In this capacity, Mr. Ramos designed program curricula and instruction materials and performed assessment and evaluation of student learning. In 2013, he received the Parent Advocates for Visually Impaired Children and Department of Education’s “Outstanding Visually Impaired Award.” In 2013, he also served as a project member and resource speaker at “Project W.I.R.E.D. for PWDs,” a U.S. Department of State Alumni Innovation Engagement Fund. Mr. Ramos has attended training sessions and workshops focused on disability issues including: Seminar/Workshop on Developing Leadership within the Disability Sector by the Liliane Foundation Philippines, Inc. in 2012 and Leadership Workshop for Children with Disabilities by the Norfil Foundation, Inc. in 2013. In addition, Mr. Ramos is a freelance blogger and web content writer. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Philippines Normal University with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a major in English in 2013. During his undergraduate career, Mr. Ramos received a Global Undergraduate Exchange Program scholarship from the U.S. Department of State, Philippine-American Educational Foundation to study abroad at the University of Southern Indiana, USA.
Mr. Muhammad Fadhlullah Bin Sharuddin
Mr. Sharuddin is the assistant director of the Disability Services Unit at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM). Prior to this role, he worked as a project manager at the University of Malaya, where he assisted in managing the Social Media and Information Management Unit. Immediately upon graduating from IIUM, Mr. Sharuddin worked as a technical executive in the IIUM Strategic Technology and Engineering Center. During his time as a student at IIUM, Mr. Sharuddin co-founded the IIUM Ummi Maktum (a club for students with disabilities at IIUM) and served as the organization’s first president from 2010-2012. He graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. His career goals include developing a disability research center in Malaysia and working to create more supportive employment policies for persons with disabilities in Malaysia.
Mr. Hoang Vinh Tam
Mr. Hoang recently completed his bachelor’s degree in English at the Open University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Mr. Hoang completed the work experience requirement of his degree program at Nguyen Dinh Chieu, the only school in Ho Chi Minh City dedicated to educating children who are blind. Mr. Hoang volunteered at the Nhat Hong Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Ho Chi Minh City. He has been involved with this organization for the past eight years and has learned Braille and additional skills through his involvement with the organization. Mr. Hoang’s career goals include working to improve access of persons with disabilities in Vietnam to educational and social services, as well as promoting inclusive education policies, especially in rural areas of Vietnam.
Ms. Thi Hieu Luu
Ms. Thi served as a project assistant for the Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH) Program of Comprehensive and Integrated Support for Persons with Disability, a project funded by USAID. This project seeks to provide comprehensive and integrated support for persons with disabilities in Da Nang, Vietnam. From 2012-2013, she worked as a Language and Communication Intern for VNAH. In this role, Ms. Thi translated documents from English into Vietnamese for use in a textbook on social work for persons with disabilities that was developed by the organization. Prior to joining VHAH, Ms. Thi worked as an English to Vietnamese translator for Chula Fashion Company where roughly 80% of the employees were deaf. She has also been involved with the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation where she served as a social work volunteer. Ms. Thi also established a network of volunteer students with disabilities in Da Nang to aid other persons with disabilities through English language and life skill trainings. Ms. Thi received a bachelor’s degree in German Studies from Hanoi University in 2013. Her career goals include promoting the implementation of policies for persons with disabilities in Vietnam in order to change society’s perspective of persons with disabilities.