Photograph of Alfred Teoh Siang Huat sitting in his wheelchair
Alfred Teoh Siang Huat
IT Manager, Agile/Scrum product owner | Penang, Malaysia
I have spina bifida. I’ve been paralyzed from the waist down since childbirth, and I’ve been wheelchair-bound ever since. But I don’t let my disability be a barrier to my work life.
I joined Intel in August 2005. Back then, my first job was with IT’s Technical Assistance Center, helping employees resolve phone-in issues. Fourteen years later, I’m still with IT, doing what I love most: enabling business capabilities and Intel’s success via best-in-class IT solution and support. I’m now an Agile/Scrum Product Owner managing an IT Scrum team.
When most people first see me in a wheelchair, they immediately offer to help – it’s a gesture I am very grateful for. I’m also very appreciative of Intel Malaysia’s site management, who, over the last fourteen years have been supportive in ensuring my workplace is accessible and disability-friendly, and that I get equal opportunities in my career.
My advice for how people should treat disabled employees? That’s easy – treat us no differently than you would any able-bodied employee. Don’t be afraid to approach me, and please don’t treat me any differently. Other than the fact that I’m in a wheelchair, and might have some challenges if infrastructure is inaccessible, I am no different from any other person. By treating everyone equally without prejudice, we’re all able to play our role in contributing to Intel, and to get involved in advancing the company and community where everyone with the right skill sets and support system can thrive.