5 Days to Paralympic Games 2016

5 Days to Paralympics RIO 2016

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that September’s Paralympic Games will take place as planned, despite major budget cuts. It will act as a catalyst to positive social change in Brazil and Latin America. According to the IPC, the Rio 2016 Organising Committee’s budget is not at the level they originally committed to. Despite this, the Paralympic Movement’s global governing body remains confident in impact of Games in making a more equitable society. Speaking at a press conference in Rio on Friday (19 August), Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said: “I am fully confident Rio 2016 will be the best Games ever … Continued

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My Cane is My Eye

APPREHENSION accompanied me as I made my way to the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) complex to start my course on Orientation & Mobility (O&M).  At that point while the doctor had certified me clinically blind, I however begged to differ. After all, I could still read newspaper headlines. To end up using the white cane would be the ultimate confirmation of my visual status. After all, everyone associates white cane and Braille with blind people, right?   Part of the course module offered by MAB required my learning how to use a cane. I met Peter Manickam,  the … Continued

Lydia achieved a third degree black belt in karate and a black belt in Aikido after she became a wheelchair-user after a car accident in 1982

Self-Powering Via Self Defence

Lifestyle – Independent living It was after her harrowing car accident which left her paraplegic (paralyzed from chest down), that Lydia la Riviere Zijdel got interested in martial arts. She went on to become a renowned name in the arena of self defense. Her advice to women, especially disabled women is for them to learn martial arts for it will not only safeguard them but also make them appreciate the finer things in life. Jeswan Kaur writes. “And for women with disabilities, self-defense is the tool that can help them deal with the double jeopardy life has thrown at them.”Lydia … Continued

Malaysian women with disabilities empowered by self defence workshop


Lifestyle – Independent living by Jeswan Kaur Disability, without a doubt, puts people in a vulnerable position, especially women as they are more prone to danger, including mental and emotional attacks. While women are very good at defending their children, ironically, they have a hard time protecting themselves. “It’s a cultural thing, which I see prevalent all over the world.  Women always think girls must be well behaved, while the boys are allowed to be rough and tough. I always say girls must be allowed to say ‘no’ and assert themselves,” said Lydia la Riviere Zijdel, a martial arts expert, … Continued

Accessible Film ‘Blindsight’ An Amazing Effort

Accessible Film ‘Blindsight’ An Amazing Effort

In 2004, a blind girl, Sabriye Tenberken and six blind students from the “Braille Without Borders” project fearlessly attempted to scale Lhakoa Ri, a 23,000 feet high peak next to Mount Everest. They were accompanied by world class mountain climber Erik Weihenmayer and a film team which later went on to produce an astonishingly captivating documentary with amazing footage. Called ‘Blindsight’, the documentary, produced by Sybil Robson Orr, directed by Lucy Walker and edited by Sebastian Duthy, chronicles the three-week long journey that was anything but predictable. The effort earned the documentary a host of awards including winner of the … Continued

Picture of Bathmavathi Krishnan goes shopping in her wheelchhair

Shopping on ‘Wheels’

Access – Independent Living Bathmavathi Krishnan literally wheels her way into a hypermarket to do her shopping. She is a wheelchair-user but that has never been an issue when she shops at Tesco in Shah Alam. Not only are there ample parking spaces for PWDs, the staff too is just as helpful,  lugging her shopping bags to the car. She shares here one such experience.  THERE are times when one has to shop alone. I was in such a situation recently when my domestic helper ran off, leaving me all alone to attend to matters at hand, one of which … Continued

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Winter Olympics host, Vancouver, ranked world’s most Liveable City.

Access – Liveable City Vancouver in Canada has been named the world’s most liveable city two years in a row. For Johannesburg, it stands at 92nd place, which still makes it the highest score in Sub-Saharan Africa. The survey, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, marks the second consecutive year that Vancouver, the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, has topped the list. Jon Copestake, editor of the report, commented: “Vancouver scores well across all categories in the survey and the Winter Games contribute to a strong score in the cultural and sporting events category. Johannesburg has had well-documented crime … Continued

MIRROR says it all

  HER entry into performing arts was fated. And Lorna Hoong hopes ‘Mirror’ will reveal that PWDs or no, everyone deserves to be happy.   When Lorna Hoong volunteered to help out at a theatre production  three years ago, she had not expected the life-changing experience that lay ahead. It was the start of her  journey in performing arts, a passion that led to the birth of a dance revelation. Said Hoong: “I was attending a show in KLpac and they were distributing flyers – seeking volunteers for a production. I had no idea that this first step would lead … Continued

Langkawi, always alluring and amazingly beautiful

Challenges Disability Journalists Training programme trainee Helen Lam shares her experience. It was Helen Lam’s first trip to Langkawi after becoming visual impaired; and that too for work. She was covering the Ironman Langkawi 2010 for Challenges Magazine, Malaysia’s 1st cross-disability lifestyle magazine. Her stay albeit short left her mesmerized at the beautiful nature around her. A tranquility morning, after saying goodbye to my family, I set out on my first trip toLangkawi. When I arrived at the airport, I walked to the information counter to ask for help to check –in but the counter staff said that i had … Continued

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Blind guides take sighted on sensorial walking tours

      So-called dark restaurants, where sighted customers are literally thrown into utter darkness and served by blind waiters, have been around for nearly a decade.   Since a seated meal goes only so far in giving people a sense of what it’s like to live without vision, Lisboa Sensorial organises blindfolded walking tours in Lisbon, Portugal.   Developed by Cabracega, a new local creative agency, the walking tours take place in Alfama, which is Lisbon’s oldest district.   After being securely blindfolded, participants are steered through Alfama’s narrow streets by a blind guide from the ACAPO (Portuguese Association … Continued

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