Articles by Challenges team

The Impact of Gadgets on Children

Electric appliances and gadgets has occupied a major position in our day-to-day lives, whether we like it or not. Though they were invented to make life better for us in the first place, it is an undeniable fact that many of the gadgets have a negative influence upon the quality of our lives in some ways. As we cannot live without them,  yet  they are a necessary evil.  However, the need to reduce the negative impact arising from their use is crucial especially in young children.   The usage of gadgets for various purposes and with most time spent in … Continued

PPBM LAUNCHES RESOURCE CENTRE & CHILDREN’S HOUSE IN PJ

  Association of Registered Childcare Providers Malaysia (PPBM) launched its maiden showcase of the Resource Centre and Children’s Library at its Headquarters in Petaling Jaya on 11 July, 2018. The event was officiated by Masdiana Muhammad, wife of Selangor Chief Minister.    “The aim of PPBM Resource Centre is to provide relevant information and references regarding setting up of a child care centre, while the Children’s Library is aimed at cultivating reading habits in young children of 4 years old and below”, said PPBM President,  Norsheila Abdullah.   She added the initiative to optimise the  headquarters as a Resource Centre … Continued

Challenges Foundation Important Mission made possible through Mission: Impossible 6

  Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible franchise is akin to the fine wine of action series; it only gets better with age. It has been over two decades since we first saw Ethan Hunt drop down into the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and each of the five Mission: Impossible films has brought something entirely new and endlessly exciting to the table.   On the 28th of July 2018, Challenges Foundation will be organising the Charity Movie Screening  of Mission: Impossible 6 to enable us to carry out our important mission of correcting inequalities towards a more inclusive society  through our disability  advocacy programmes..   … Continued

15th Asian Society for Adapted Physical Education and Exercise Symposium

By Selina Khoo     The Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Malaya will be hosting the 15th Asian Society for Adapted Physical Education and Exercise Symposium from 11-13 July 2018. It is an opportunity to bring together disability sport experts from the region. As this will be the first time that such a conference will be held in Malaysia, it would serve as an impetus to further develop the area in the country. By bringing together community sports and elite sports organisations, the symposium would serve as a platform to promote disability sport. This biennial symposium has … Continued

BEING A DAD TO MY SON, BENEDICT G. LOH

    by Gary Loh   I had been trying to have children but could not but this time it was for real but yet  in my mind, I was thinking whether  I was ready to be a father with all the responsibility to shoulder  for my family and child.  It was quite a challenge for me at the beginning and slowly I got used to being  a  father for real. When my wife went through a pregnancy test  through the ultra sound, the doctor found out the baby was not in the right position for natural labour but had … Continued

FIRST SPOT STENTING PROCEDURE FOR PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE IN ASIA

By Dhivyan Silvaraj   Recently on 18th May, 2018,  the Malaysian National Heart Institute or Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) Kuala Lumpur surpassed yet another milestone by being the first hospital in Asia to perform  a minimally invasive procedure used to treat peripheral artery disease.   Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs usually caused by plaque build-up (atherosclerosis). It narrows the arteries that lead to the head, organs and limbs, most commonly the legs, thus do not receive enough blood flow to keep up with the demand. PAD … Continued

Our Experience in conducting Challenges’ Buddy Programme

    By Celine Woon Sue Lin and Nur Alyaa binti Talat Mahmood, Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya   The time span of three weeks in conducting the volunteering programme in SK Taman Medan was indeed life changing to all of us from the football team. Despite the occasional conflicts in our team and the time constraints, we were able to overcome those challenges and ensure that our football activities with the children were successful. We were indeed honoured and grateful to be given a chance to be teach and play with these … Continued

Opportunities for disability sport partnership

  by Selina Khoo   It was an honour and privilege to be invited to speak at the BP CEO Dialogue Session 2018 on “Paralympic Movement & It’s Impact on Business” in Singapore. I was humbled to share the stage with Mr. Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Mr. Terry Yuen, Country President of BP Singapore. When Mr. Kevin Wong, President of the Singapore National Paralympic Committee, approached me to share my research at the Dialogue, there was no way I could say no. The aim of the Dialogue was to provide opportunities for Singapore-based companies … Continued

The Importance of Sports in Disability

By Michele Ho Yeen Ping and Safwah binti Abdul Razak, Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya   Sports is an activity that comes in different forms which brings a lot of benefits to our body, both mentally and physically. For example, football, basketball, swimming, and badminton are sports played by individuals from different ages. Some of the benefits that we can obtain by participating in sports are improvement in academic and social skills, physical health benefits, boost self-esteem and reduce stress.   First and foremost, many parents think that joining sports will distract their … Continued

What Is Disability Stigma?

  The word stigma comes from the Greek word for “mark.” Generally, stigma is a negative set of beliefs about people with specific characteristics. For example, ethnic or sexual minorities, or people with unusual facial appearance may encounter stigma. People with disabilities have been stigmatized throughout history. In many cultures, disability has been associated with curses, disease, dependence, and helplessness. Disability stigma can play out in a number of ways, including: Social Avoidance – People with disabilities may be left out of social activities, or they may find that friends become more distant after they develop a disability. People may … Continued