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Jochebed Isaacs, 33

Jochebed Isaacs, 33

Director, Senior Supervisor and Psychologist, EAP Malaysia

Growing up, my siblings and I were always encouraged to look out for the disadvantaged and to help others as much as we could. I started visiting orphanages at 4 years old and held my first “fundraiser” at 7 years old with the help of my parents. For my tertiary education, I had decided to pursue a degree that would help others and so I chose Psychology. I started working with children with autism as a part-time job and was blown away by the progress the children were making through the ABA programme. I’ve continued with this field ever since!

I have been always been passionate about education and children and I have worked with individuals with autism for over 10 years now. At EAP (Early Autism Project Malaysia), we hope to be able to help more people through our video resources that are regularly uploaded on our social media sites. We also hope to soon start our own nonprofit initiative as well as to see ABA treatment be established as public policy. I love to watch how the children learn new skills, overcome their challenges and experience breakthroughs. I love to watch the team deliver therapy in fun and exciting ways and then celebrate their child’s progress. I love to see the relief and hope in the parents’ faces as they see their children learning and developing.

Family and relationships are important to me so all ‘free time’ is typically spent with family, friends or at church. I guess people are my hobby! As a leader, a mother, and a wife, my attitude and behaviour in how I respond to challenges is not just for myself as I am responsible for many others. And so I always have to keep an optimistic perspective on life, realizing that there will be both high and low moments in all seasons and staying focused on the positives and our vision. I am very grateful for a very supportive husband, family and friends who offer wise counsel in difficult times. Also I am a Christian and fully rely on God’s grace, strength and wisdom.

Women carry strengths and gifts that are different to men. Not better, not worse, just different. And if we could learn to be satisfied and content with the strengths and gifts we carry, we would be able to make a more positive impact in our spheres of influence. We are a lot stronger than we realize and strength clothed in grace is dignity much needed in our society today.