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.

Reserved Parking Bays for PWDs

The pinching of parking bays meant for people with disabilities (PWDs) by able-bodied drivers has become a nuisance. The blatant disregard for parking spaces reserved for PWDs has made it difficult for disabled drivers to leave home for shopping. To assert this point, an accompanying picture shows it all. It speaks of the insensitivity of an able-bodied driver who has conveniently parked his car in the bays reserved for disabled people. This uncaring attitude deprives a wheelchair-bound driver of the parking bay rightfully reserved for PWDs. While the parking bays for PWDs are more spacious than the regular bays, this … Continued

WAO Art Exhibition to highlight Invisible Women

The Invisible Women exhibition is a joint effort by Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) and Leo Burnett KL. It aims to raise awareness of the discrimination that pregnant women and working mothers face in the workplace. At the moment, women who work in the private sector have no protection against discrimination. However, WAO aims to change that. WAO is currently collaborating with several other NGOs to draft a Gender Equality Act, which will regulate employers if it passes into law. More information regarding the campaign can be found on the campaign microsite at www.invisiblewomen.com.my   The Art Exhibition will feature the … Continued

Gold Coast 2018 to deliver an inclusive Games

GC2018 is going for gold in its quest to deliver an inclusive Games and will proudly host the largest integrated Para-Sport program in Commonwealth Games history.   GC2018 will set a new Commonwealth Games record by hosting up to 300 para-athletes and 38 medal events across seven sports – an increase of 45 per cent more athletes and 73 per cent more medals compared to the para-sport competition staged at the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. Further highlighting GC2018’s commitment to equality and inclusion, there will also be an equal number of men’s and women’s events across all … Continued

LET’S VOTE

  Voting is a right for everyone in a general election but thousands of Malaysian with disabilities and also the elderly with mobility restrictions face many obstacles when they go out to vote. To help minimise this issue, Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled, together with Persatuan Mobiliti and Faithworks (Wheels on Wheels) are organising a Lets Vote Campaign which will provide accessible transport for the elderly and persons with disabilities to cast their votes.   During the press conference that was held on 11th of April 2018 at SS2/44 Beautiful Gate Foundation, Pastor Sia Siew Chin, Executive Director of … Continued

Creating a culture of kindness against bullying

  By Lee Xin Ying     Kindness. How do we understand what kindness is? A simple gratitude. A small hand shake. A moment of shared laughter. However, I would  say the best form of kindness is understanding. Being understanding to others, the people around you, is the best form of kindness one could give to another. Personally, I have experienced a lot of kindness from other people. I think with every enlightened mind, the world starts moving towards a better place. I would like to share the story of kindness. The first week of April is scheduled as National … Continued

Vishalatchi Arunagini

   This article was written by Amal Mohamud, a Canadian intern with Challenges Media.   Vishalatchi Arunagiri was working as a peer specialist leader at the Malaysian Mental Health Association when I  interviewed her.  She shared her life with  Schizophrenia which  is a brain disorder that affects the way a person behaves, thinks, and sees the world. Today at the age of 23, Vishalatchi is an honorary mental illness advocate.   At the age of 19 she suffered schizophrenia which  took her three years to come out of the closet and speak of her illness. Growing up Vishalatchi states “I … Continued

First Aid for Mental Health

          Everyone can help their loved ones if they notice they might have mental health issues with the Mental Health First Aid programme called  AEGE. This programme was headed by Betty Kitchner and Anthony Jorn. While this programme is not available in Malaysia yet, the Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA) runs a two day intensive course on understanding mental illness which provides knowledge to equip first aiders of mental health to carry out their roles. However, it is important to note that the first aid programme is not to help one diagnose or treat mental illness, rather it is … Continued

MENTAL HEALTH 101

Mental Health Landscape In Malaysia, mental health issues are a rising problem. Ten years ago, ten percent of the population has mental illness. Today, that number has increased to thirty percent. However until now, there are not many personal stories about mental illness in mainstream media, hence mental issues are still relatively unknown despite its rising numbers. Additionally, mental health for children is rather neglected. Current statistics put the number of children with mental health issues at 12 percent with the actual number be much more than represented. Furthermore, the ratio of mental healthcare professionals to the population is very … Continued

Ignorance Is No Bliss For People with Parkinson’s disease

Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease is no less being given the “death sentence” as patients of this incurable disease find themselves becoming “invisible” to the world. The society’s refusal to understand the anguish and frustrations of people with Parkinson’s disease makes matters worse. The lack of support and persistent ignorance has only gone to make Parkinson’s disease least understood and hardly talked about, unlike typical illnesses like heart disease, cancer, stroke and HIV/AIDS. “It is very sad to see that Parkinson’s community in Malaysia faces so much neglect. Because of this neglect and ignorance, of the estimated 15,000 Parkinson’s patients … Continued

IN SAFE HANDS

What can a ageing mother do for her child with severe disabilities, knowing that she is not able to care for him properly with her own failing health? Thiviya Tharshin, an intern with Challenges Foundation shares her experience in escorting Choo Kim Woon to his new home. Choo Kim Woon, 54 was sent to Rumah Ehsan, a welfare home by the Social Welfare Department recently. He was brought in a Red Crescent ambulance. Choo has learning and physical disabilities. He is completely bedridden. His mother, Choong Kiong Moi is 75 years old. Lately, the mother has been unable to care … Continued

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