Rajvin Kaur Randhawa – living with cerebral palsy.

  Rajvin Kaur was born premature on 24th June, 1985. As such , her lungs were under-developed and she had to be placed in an incubator with oxygen. Soon after birth she developed jaundice. The lack of oxygen to her brain caused cerebral palsy; luckily only the motor centre of the brain was affected while the rest of the brain functioned normally. Rajvin Kaur, a “Miracle Child”.   Rajvin attributed her survival to her parents. Her father, Dr. Pall Singh, was a doctor and as such understood her condition and made every effort to help his physically challenged daughter to … Continued

Muhamad Ashraf with his medals


  by  Muhamad Ashraf Bin Muhammad Haisham     My name is Muhamad Ashraf. I was born 22 years ago in Pulau Pangkor, Perak. I studied at SMK Batu Sepuluh Setiawan, Perak and was very active in athletics. Every year, I represented my school, district and state in cross country and 1500m events. I aspired to don the national colours and represent Malaysia in athletics. On 12 January 2013, I was involved in a motorcycle accident in Lumut which changed my life. I was hospitalised at the Ipoh General Hospital with what I thought was a minor injury. Unfortunately, doctors … Continued


  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 Media caught up with Dr Wan Himratul Azliza* whose husband is a heart surgeon. Dr Wan is an accessibility advocate, internal medicine consultant and lifestyle physician. She has 3 girls, namely, Serena Zara 9, and a set of twins with autism spectrum; Sofieya Zara 6 and Sharleez Zara 6. Due to the situation in the family with both siblings who needed special help, Serena has matured beyond her age and taken responsibility being the elder sibling and has started her own business  to help her mum who is concern of their future.  Serena Zara Taufiq who founded “Serena’s … Continued


EMPOWERING WOMEN & GIRLS WITH AUTISM Kuala Lumpur, 5 April, 2018 – In commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day 2018, Microsoft  collaborated with We Rock the Spectrum Gym+ to organize an Hour of Code for children on the autism spectrum. The first of its kind in Malaysia, We Rock the Spectrum Gym is an autism-focused, indoor playground and kids gym that provides children with fun activities in a sensory-safe environment. The event was commemorated by K. Raman, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia and Nori Abdullah, Co-owner of We Rock the Spectrum Gym. To top it off, 50 students from various … Continued


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

Inclusivity with Heart

    What does it mean to be inclusive? Neesha Marie Lopez shares her experience in promoting social inclusion for special education needs children It was a clear, bright morning on the 12th of February. We. the volunteers waited at the playground for school to begin. When the bell rang, we met with an enthusiastic group of children, chaperoned by  Rosida Zakaria and Nurulhuda, the teachers in charge of the special needs children’s class. After performing the roll call dance, all of the volunteers and the children moved off to do batik painting at the reading corner. Each child was paired … Continued

Women with disabilities, pregnancy and workplace discrimination

Women with disabilities, pregnancy and workplace discrimination By Lee Xin Ying   On Women International Day, Women Aids Organisation (WAO) launched an art exhibition, entitled “Invisible Women“, held at the Black Box at Publika, Mont Kiara,  The highlight of the art exhibition are stories of discrimination against women at workplace on the occurrence of pregnancy and motherhood.  Meera Samanther, Vice President of WAO, described pregnancy and maternity as a social function and a basic right of women to be treated equally.  Calling for ownership to the solution to the government, public sector, the private sector and the community.   In … Continued

Challenges Foundation supports global #Act4SDGs campaign

Challenges Foundation joins global SDGs campaign

Challenges Foundation joins the global Sustainable Development Goals #Act4SDGs campaign to highlight social inclusion for persons with disabilities is integral to achieving the World We Want. Building an inclusive society is an achievable  sustainable development goal if we all ACT ON IT! The Sustainable Development Goals will mark their second anniversary on September 25th,2017 Challenges Foundation will join a global mobilisation together with the UN @SDG Action Campaign, @The World We Want, the @Global Call To Action Against Poverty and Action for Sustainable Development to show the world the action taken to achieve the #SDGs by 2030. Get inspired and … Continued

Accessibility is key in any Para sports competition and Games, and MASOC has given its assurance that that all competition venues and athletes’ accommodation are accessible and disabled friendly.

Accessibility gets top priority at ASEAN Para Games KL2017

  IN line with its inclusive initiative, the Malaysia Organising Committee (MASOC) Kuala Lumpur 2017 has upgraded all competition venues for the 9th ASEAN Para Games from Sept 17-23 to ensure it is accessible for all especially athletes and spectators with disabilities. MASOC chairman YB Brig Gen Khairy Jamaluddin said facilities such as toilets, cafeteria and pathways were upgraded to ensure smooth movement especially amongst wheelchair athletes and officials. “About 4,000 volunteers will be around to assist athletes, guests and spectators during the Games,” he said. He assured that transportation matters will be given preference during the Games to avoid … Continued