“I love my job because I can provide wheelchairs for persons with disabilities”: English Communication Empowerment for a Disability Rights Organisation


  • Adaninggar Septi Subekti Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana
  • Arida Susyetina Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana
  • Anesti Budi Ermerawati Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana
  • Andreas Winardi Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana
  • Ignatius Tri Endarto Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana
  • Lemmuela Alvita Kurniawati Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana
  • Mega Wati Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana




Community service, English communication empowerment, training, disability rights organisation


This community service programme was conducted in the form of an English communication empowerment programme for employees of OHANA, a disability rights organisation based in Yogyakarta. The programme consisted of ten 90-minute meetings conducted from early October 2022 up to mid-November 2022. The materials of this training included self-introduction, introducing others, making small talks with a wide range of topics, as well as job descriptions and job responsibilities. The programme was conducted in response to the need for OHANA employees to make more effective communications with foreign partners concerning their jobs as advocates of the rights of women and persons with disability. Despite the low attendance rate in some of the meetings due to the tight schedules of the OHANA employees in providing services to the community, the language empowerment programme can be considered successful seen from the engagement of the attending participants and the generally positive feedback from them. Several conclusions and recommendations are stated considering the degree of success of this programme for the betterment of future similar programmes.


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Author Biographies

Adaninggar Septi Subekti, Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana

The author, who obtained her M.Sc. in TESOL from University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, currently works as a lecturer at the English Language Education Department of Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana (UKDW), Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Editor-in-Chief of SAGA Journal, UKDW, she is also a reviewer of SiELE Journal, Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh, Englisia Journal, Uin Ar-Raniry, Banda Aceh, IJELTAL Journal, IAIN Samarinda, LLT Journal, Sanata Dharma University, and Pedagogy Journal, IAIN Metro. Her research interest includes L2 learner’s individual differences, Global Englishes, and L2 writing, and critical literacies. Throughout her teaching career, she has taught students from various levels of education, including teaching ESP to Medical students and Biology students as well as teaching non-English teachers of High Schools. She was once also a teacher of the Indonesian language at Arizona State University from 2013 to 2014.

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Arida Susyetina, Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana

Arida Susyetina is a lecturer at the English Language Education Department, Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana (UKDW), Yogyakarta Indonesia. She received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Sanata Dharma University Yogyakarta, Indonesia and a master's degree in teaching English Language from De La Salle University Manila, the Philippines. Her interests are in English for Specific Purposes, cross cultural understanding, and international communication.

Anesti Budi Ermerawati, Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana

Anesti earned her master degree on Language Education from English Language Studies, Universitas Sanata Dharma Yogyakarta. She is now one of the faculty members in English Language Education UKDW Yogyakarta and at present she is the vice dean for student affairs, alumni, and cooperation . Her areas of teaching interest are Extensive Reading, Intensive Reading, Language Teaching Methodology, Classroom Management, and Micro Teaching/Teaching Practice. She has been the member of Indonesian Extensive Reading Association since 2018 and been involved in writing workshop module for junior high school teachers entitled ‘Membaca Intensif dan Membaca Ekstensif dalam Pembelajaran’ published by Kementerian Pendidikan, Kebudayaan, Riset, dan Teknologi, Direktorat Jenderal Pendidikan Anak Usia Dini, Pendidikan Dasar, dan Pendidikan Menengah, Direktorat Sekolah Menengah Pertama in 2021.

Andreas Winardi, Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana

Andreas Winardi is a permanent lecturer at English Language Education Department, UKDW. He has been teaching there since 2004. Andreas received his Bachelor’s Degree in English Education from Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta in 1997. He got his Master’s Degree from De La Salle University, Manila, The Philippines in 2007. He is interested in International and Business Communication.

Ignatius Tri Endarto, Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana

Ignatius Tri Endarto currently teaches at the Department of English Language Education, Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, Indonesia. He does research in Educational Linguistics, Applied Linguistics in ELT and English Language Education.

Lemmuela Alvita Kurniawati, Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana

Lemmuela is currently the head of the English Language Education Department and a faculty member of English Language Education Department of Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana (UKDW). She earned her master degree in English language teaching from Sanata Dharma University.  Her specific research interests are the use of technology in English language teaching and learning, curriculum and material development, ESP, pre-service teacher education, and in-service teacher professional development.

Mega Wati, Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana

At present, Mega is the Dean of the Faculty of Education and Humanities at Duta Wacana Christian University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The combination of her education in English teaching from Sanata Dharma University, Online Teacher’s Course of Oregon University and educational management from Yogyakarta State University has given her the opportunity to teach General English to learners of different age groups, English for Specific Purposes, as well as undergraduate courses in education. Her research interests include educational theories, individual differences, teaching reading, learning-teaching methodology in general, and teaching students with special needs.



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How to Cite

Subekti, A. S., Susyetina, A., Ermerawati, A. B., Winardi, A., Endarto, I. T., Kurniawati, L. A., & Wati, M. (2023). “I love my job because I can provide wheelchairs for persons with disabilities”: English Communication Empowerment for a Disability Rights Organisation. ABDIMAS: Jurnal Pengabdian Masyarakat, 6(2), 3343–3355. https://doi.org/10.35568/abdimas.v6i2.3094

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