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

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


VAL RESH     RESHMA VALLIAPPAN a.k.a. Val Resh, walks in with a calm demeanour as we met for the first time at the Starbucks @ Paradigm Mall.  From the photograph forwarded to me prior to our scheduled appointment, she looked much younger and carefree. As we settled down at another venue, Resh shared with no pretense and direct openness.  What I have pictured in my mind is far from what I meet.  As the saying goes, “judge not the book by the cover.”  You see, Reshma was disgnosed with schizophrenia when she was 22.  In April 1995, she started … Continued


WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY 2018   The World Autism Awareness Day which falls on April 2nd every year is an internationally recognized day to take measures to raise acceptance about people with autism throughout the world. The World Autism Awareness day also aims to put a spotlight on the hurdles that people with autism and others living with autism face every day.   Although today marks the 11th World Autism Awareness Day, which was initially introduced back in the year 2007, the world community is still having a low level of knowledge on autism. Did you know that autism affects … Continued


BOH Plantations Sdn Bhd, the leading tea grower in Malaysia with beginnings dating back to 1929, kicked off the International Tea Day 2017 from Project B Café at Sentul Boulevard, Sentul on 30th November. J. Paranthanam has the story International Tea Day is held annually on December 15 since 2005.  This is organised in tea-producing countries to celebrate one of the world’s oldest beverages and the most widely consumed drink globally next to water. BOH’s decision to focus on employees and loyal consumers at the centre of its International Tea Day 2017 celebrations reinforces its appreciation to the many who … Continued


The official launch of the CHILD WELLNESS PROGRAMME was held on 27th September. 2017 at the Grand Ballroom of Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Nippon Paint Malaysia Group (“Nippon Paint”), Malaysia’s No. 1 coating solutions provider launched this educational campaign in collaboration with the national associations with the aim to empower today’s discerning parents and key decision makers towards creating uplifting environments for children, through various awareness and educational initiatives related to children’s health and wellness. The fact that babies and children spend more time indoors and breathe up to 3 times as much air compared to adults (due to their … Continued