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Challenges Media - The Voice of Ability

Challenges Media is a social enterprise promoting disability advocacy and inclusive community development at schools, colleges and workplaces. We are based in Petaling Jaya, Selangor and our main task is to initiate skills training and mentoring programmes to promote self-advocates.

Bangsa Ria, a home in need of support

The residents of Bangsa Ria was out and about in the porch of their new residence in Section 17, Petaling Jaya. Ahmad Faris, 47 and Vincent, 24 were doing physical activities with the guidance of a caretaker.   Inside, we met Mr.Nagappan, chairman of Bangsa Ria and Ms.Johanna Tan, the tresurer. According to Nagappan, Bangsa Ria was first founded by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. Bangsa Ria is a day care centre for people who are mentally and physically challenged The centre initially operated in Bangsar. However, the church that started it decided to close down the … Continued

Media Guidelines for Reporting on Accessible Election

A workshop on Advocacy Guidelines for Political Participation of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) in Malaysia, an initiative organised by the National Council For The Blind, Malaysia (NCBM) was held on recently at Grand Seasons Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Since the 14th General Election for Malaysia will be held by 2018, Malaysians with disabilities have the right to participate in the election process as citizens of this country. However, persons with disabilities find it difficult to realise their political rights due to systemic barriers within the election process. Thus, NCBM has conducted this project on political participation among persons with disabilities in … Continued

When the Blind Transcend Borders

Is vision important for one to be visionary? To Braille Without Borders, the answer is a simple “No”. Instead this “humble” organisation believes, given the chance, blind people too can prove to be visionaries. One such example is Braille Without Borders (BWB) founder Sabriye Tenberken, 38, who went on to gather blind Tibetan who had been left to die by society. Tenberken, who became blind at age 12,  set up a school for the blind in Tibet, which saw many blind Tibetan children going on to become self-supporting individuals. BWB, although a small international development organisation aims to create training … Continued

Hideto Kijima speaks to the media in Osaka, Japan, June 28

Airline apologizes for making wheelchair user climb up boarding ramp on his hands

A Japanese budget airline has apologized to a passenger in a wheelchair who was made to board a recent flight by crawling up a staircase using only his hands. The incident took place on June 5, as Hideto Kijima was preparing to return to Osaka from a trip to Amami Oshima Island. His time on the southern Japanese island had been fantastic, he wrote in a Facebook post. He had stayed in a fully accessible villa and even gone swimming with sea turtles, he wrote. However, the return flight would be a decidedly less accommodating experience for Kijima, who lost the use of his … Continued

The Joy of a Sandwich Carer

“Keep Calm and Be a Carer” Almost a quarter of century ago, I returned to Malaysia after 11 years of studying and working in the US. Returning into traditional Malay culture, a close knit family provided me the support system for my young children and aging parents. Therefore, against this backdrop my story as a sandwich carer unfolds and highlights the turning points of my special child and my elderly mother.   When my children were growing up, my mother and in-laws would often come to the house and spend time taking care of them. However, my mother noticed that … Continued

Factors to Consider When Moving With Special Needs Child

The decision to move, whether across town or across the country, can be a stressful and even chaotic time. For a family with a special needs child, it can be particularly stressful as you determine how to make sure your child receives all the necessary resources to thrive and grow no matter where they are. However, there are a few factors to consider when moving. Find a Group Moving to a new place means unfamiliar faces, so it may be beneficial to both you and your child to identify special needs parent support groups in the new area ahead of … Continued

Cybersecurity Malaysia Issue Alert on “Wannacry Ransomware”

SERI KEMBANGAN (13 MAY 2017) – CyberSecurity Malaysia, the national cyber security specialist agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI), today issued an alert on ransomware attack known as ‘WanaCrypt0r 2.0’. The ransomware uses a vulnerability first revealed to the public as part of a leaked stash of NSA-related documents to infect Windows PCs and encrypt their contents before demanding a ransom for the key to decrypt the encrypted files. The co-ordinated attack had managed to infect large numbers of computers across the health service around the world after it was first noticed by security researchers on … Continued

Remembering Sandra on Mother’s Day

Qistina Low is the youngest daughter of the late Sandra Tan Saw Kim. She shares her thoughts this Mother’s Day with Challenges readers. What is my Mother to me I am not expert in English writing. This is a short story for Happy Mother’s Day . My mother told me that “Loving & Caring” is important to me. When I was born  a premature baby and I was staying in hospital, my mother  went to hospital to visit me everyday by bus from her home until I discharged from hospital. She often worried about me, because  I was a small … Continued

PJ Car Free Day 2017

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) continue efforts to make Petaling Jaya a green and sustainable city through a program PJ CAR FREE DAY or Petaling Jaya Car Free Day on 15 April 2017 from 6.30 am to 12.00 am.   The purpose of this program is one of conservation of energy and resources to reduce the use of vehicles so as to control air pollution in the city. The program is also in line with the Selangor State Government to reduce carbon consumption in a holistic manner.   In addition, MBPJ also want to promote bike paths that have been … Continued

Dr Cheri Blauwet is IPC Women of the Year

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has paid tribute to the achievements and contributions of Dr. Cheri Blauwet, awarding the triple Paralympian and prolific medical professional its International Women’s Day Recognition. Dr. Blauwet is a seven-time Paralympic medallist in wheelchair racing. She claimed one silver and three bronze medals at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, followed by one gold and a further two bronze at Athens 2004. She is also a quadruple winner of the Los Angeles Marathon and a double victor from both the Boston and New York City marathons. Following her retirement from her illustrious athletics career in 2008, … Continued