Articles by Challenges team

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

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

Twitter Campaign Highlights Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities

To recognize the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and in honor of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) launched a Twitter campaign for the month of December that highlighted participation of disability rights advocates around the world. Through this campaign, people with disabilities shared why they vote, become candidates, and participate in political life. Read more  

ASD and Safety: Keeping Your Special Child Safe

Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often worry about their child’s safety. Jenny Wise,  mother to a child with ASD, shares some tips on keeping them safe and happy.   ASD and Safety: Keeping Your Child Safe Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a spectrum of  complex development disorders of varying degrees of severity and effects, meaning there is no one way to manage a child with ASD. However, there are a few common factors that can be impacting the safety of your child. If you are a parent of a child on the spectrum, here are a few … Continued

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UN commemorates International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2016 with the message to do more for inclusion.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2016 Theme for 2016: Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on 3 December around the world. The theme for this year’s International Day is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”. This theme notes the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities. This year’s objectives include assessing the current status of the Convention on the … Continued

G3ict and World ENABLED launches Accessible Smart cities Initiative

NEWLY LAUNCHED ACCESSIBLE SMART CITIES INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE ACCESS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND AGING COMMUNITIES G3ict and World ENABLED leads the way with Microsoft support. G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, and World ENABLED announced at the 5th M-Enabling Summit, that they are teaming up in the launch of a joint global Defining Accessible Smart Cities Initiative. The objective, over the coming year, is to increase awareness about the role that accessible technology must play in the planning, deployment and functioning of smart cities worldwide and how smart cities can better engage persons with disabilities and aging communities … Continued

With tablets and looking towards the future of the e-payments partnership at the launch ceremony were Datuk Haji Zakaria Haji Mohd Edris, Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing Sabah (centre); Mohamad Safri Shahul Hamid, Deputy CEO of CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad (right) and Siek Kar Teck, Director, Retail Payments Division, Malaysian Electronic Clearing Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyClear).

SABAH LOCAL AUTHORITIES PARTNER WITH CIMB TO ENCOURAGE JOMPAY E-PAYMENTS

CIMB Islamic Bank appointed as Master Biller Bank for JomPAY system adopted by all 23 Sabah Local Authorities SANDAKAN, Sept 27 (Bernama) — CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad  and the Sabah Local Authorities today officially launched their JomPAY electronic payment (“e-payment”) partnership which saw all 23 Local Authorities using JomPAY for the Sabahans’ payment of assessment fees. The launch took place at the Sabah Local Authority ICT Seminar 2016 in Sandakan today. Datuk Seri Panglima Hj Hajiji Hj Noor, Minister of Local Government and Housing Sabah said, “The theme of today’s conference, ’Strengthening the ICT Culture in Local Authorities Towards Smart … Continued

Accessible transport essential for accessible tourism

ISSUES AND PROBLEMS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FACE IN TOURISM

  by Noorizati Meor Samsudin People with disabilities have the same motivations to travel as the rest of the population   However  many tourists with disabilities face barriers to tourism participation  especially in the social, cultural and physical environments   Underlying social and cultural constraints In contrast to the more conventional medical view of disability, there has been growing recognition that disability is a product of social relations rather than the fault of an individual’s physical characteristics.  (Oliver 1996; Barnes, Mercer, and Shakespeare 1999).  The social approach to disability recognises that it is the disabling environment and hostile social attitudes that … Continued

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Accessible Tourism, theme of World Tourism Day 2016

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) celebrates World Tourism Day 2016 with the theme of Accessible Tourism:Tourism for al with universal design to benefit not only people with disabilities, senior citizens and families travelling with small children, but sooner or later all citizens of destinations. World Tourism Day, held annually on 27 September will be celebrated officially this year in Bangkok, Thailand on the theme of ‘Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility’. Reaching universal accessibility in tourism is a shared responsibility of all parties involved in the tourism value chain, as well as a business opportunity for companies … Continued

Over 15,000 Brazilian children to see Paralympians in action in Rio 2016, thanks to #FilltheSeats campaign

More than 15,000 Brazilian youngsters will attend the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games after the global crowdfunding #FilltheSeats campaign raised nearly USD 450,000 and even secured the support of British royal Prince Harry. “Visa is proud to be working with the International Paralympic Committee to give these Brazilian children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and support these incredible athletes” said Fernando Teles, Visa Brazil Country Manager. Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said: “We are ecstatic to see the way so many people from all over the world have responded to this campaign so that the stands … Continued