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Jakarta's underprivileged disabled get social assistance funds

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, August 29, 2019   /  12:40 pm
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Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan symbolically hands over a Jakarta Disability Card at the Matraman Sports Center, East Jakarta on Wednesday.(wartakota.tribunnews.com/Fitriyandi Al Fajri)

Expenses incurred by families looking after their children with disabilities can sometimes become overwhelming as medical or other special treatments are often required. East Jakarta resident Karmilah, 37, expressed that she was overwhelmed by the amount of money her family had to spend for her 18-year-old son Muhammad Syarifudin, who uses a wheelchair and has scoliosis, to go to school for people with disabilities that is located more than 10 kilometers away from her house.  “My son can only ride in a car. I could spend up to Rp 3 million (US$210) a month just for transportation. Not to mention diapers and vitamins,” she told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. As a stay-at-home wife whose husband works as a laborer, Karmilah said it was tough to make ends meet. Therefore, she was grateful when finding out ...