Workshop Title:

Disability Etiology: Unpacking the Complexities for Effective Prevention and Treatment.


September 1st, 2023 (GMT+8)


Faculty of Education, Languages, Psychology and Music, SEGi University


  • Etiology
  • Disability
  • Medical Science
  • Healthcare Practice
  • Prevention
  • Intervention
  • Treatment

Workshop Chair:

Dr. Sheiladevi Sukumaran
Associate Professor in SEGi University

Personal Bio:

Associate Professor, Dr. Sheiladevi Sukumaran is a program leader and senior lecture in Segi University. She obtained her Bachelor of Science (Hons), Master's in Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Education Management from the University of Malaya. Her job scope currently is managing research postgraduate students. She has taught subjects like Research Method and Statistics, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Psychology, Human Anatomy and Physiology.Her interest in research involving Biotechnology, STEM, Science and Technology. She currently involved in numerous research includes FRGS, Grant Program Pembangunan Masa Depan Malaysia, REIG Grants, Seed Grant, PSIF grants and two Segi University Internal Grants. She also has several Scopus publications, ebook, conference proceeding publication and poster presentation. One of the publication in Asia Pacific Journal Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, that won best poster is Knowledge, Attitude and Perception towards Cancer Prevention Practice among Public in Putrajaya Cancer. She has four industrial collaborations that involved eye specialist center, natural product, health device industry and berry product distributor. She is also actively involved in National STEM Malaysia organizing many activities in school and higher education level.

Workshop Description:


Disability is a complex phenomenon that affects millions of people worldwide. Understanding the root causes of disability is crucial for developing effective prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies. In this paper, we explore the latest research on the etiology of disability in medical science and its implications for healthcare practice. We distinguish between congenital and acquired disabilities, discussing how genetic and developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, chronic disease, and social determinants of health can contribute to disability. We also examine the environmental and social factors that can interact with genetics to cause disability. Finally, we discuss how a better understanding of disability etiology can inform the development of effective prevention strategies, early interventions, and targeted treatments. This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the key topics related to disability etiology and highlights their importance in advancing healthcare and educators' practice.


  1. Enhanced understanding of the etiology of disabilities: Educators who attend this workshop will gain a deeper understanding of the factors that contribute to the development of disabilities. This knowledge can help them recognize early signs of disabilities and provide appropriate support to students who may be struggling.
  2. Improved ability to develop effective teaching strategies: By understanding the root causes of disabilities, educators can tailor their teaching strategies to better meet the needs of students with disabilities. They can incorporate evidence-based practices in their teaching and create a more inclusive learning environment.
  3. Explore prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies: The workshop will also explore the latest prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies for disabilities. It will examine the evidence-based practices in the field and highlight their effectiveness in improving outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Participants will learn about the role they can play in implementing these strategies to promote better health outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
  4. Increased awareness of resources and support services: The workshop will provide educators with information about the latest resources and support services available for students with disabilities. They will learn about the role they can play in connecting students with these resources and advocating for their needs.
  5. Networking and collaboration opportunities: Educators will have the opportunity to network and collaborate with researchers, healthcare professionals, and disability advocates. This can lead to new partnerships and collaborations that can advance the field of disability research and healthcare practice.

Scope and Information for Participants:

These themes would focus on research that integrates knowledge of disability etiology across multiple domains, including genetics, environment, and social determinants of health. The goal would be to develop more effective prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies that address the root causes of disability and promote better health outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Research topics could include the role of genetic testing and counseling in disability prevention and treatment, the impact of environmental factors on disability development, and the intersection of social determinants of health and genetics in shaping disability outcomes.

I.Etiology-Driven Approaches to Disability Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment: Integrating Genetics, Environment, and Social Determinants of Health

II.Translating Etiological Research into Actionable Strategies for Disability Prevention and Treatment

III.Innovations in Disability Etiology Research: Advancing Knowledge and Practice


A workshop “Understanding Disability Etiology: Unpacking the Complexities for Effective Prevention and Treatment” on 1st September 2023 from 9am-11am. Around 15 participants attended the workshop. The participants get to explore the fascinating intersection in understanding of the etiology of disabilities. They also had a better understanding of the social determinants of health and how they can contribute to disabilities.The medical model views disability primarily as a medical condition or impairment. It focuses on diagnosing and treating the individual's physical or mental health condition to alleviate symptoms an improve functioning. The medical model emphasizes medical interventions, medications, surgeries, or therapies, to address the individual's impairments and promote their adaptation to society.We also need to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the support and resources they need to live fulfilling and meaningful lives. This includes access to healthcare, education, and employment opportunities, as well as accessible and inclusive environments that allow people with disabilities to participate fully in society. In conclusion, disability etiology is an essential area of research that has the potential to improve the lives of millions of people around the world. While there is still much that we don't know, we have made significant progress in recent years, and I am confident that with continued research and innovation, we can continue to make strides in understanding the causes of disabilities and developing effective interventions and treatments.

Access to Workshop:

ICBioMed 2023 Workshop -- Petaling Jaya - YouTube


9, Jalan Teknologi, Pju 5 Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia


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