Bangsa Ria, a home in need of support

The residents of Bangsa Ria was out and about in the porch of their new residence in Section 17, Petaling Jaya. Ahmad Faris, 47 and Vincent, 24 were doing physical activities with the guidance of a caretaker.   Inside, we met Mr.Nagappan, chairman of Bangsa Ria and Ms.Johanna Tan, the tresurer. According to Nagappan, Bangsa Ria was first founded by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. Bangsa Ria is a day care centre for people who are mentally and physically challenged The centre initially operated in Bangsar. However, the church that started it decided to close down the … Continued

Factors to Consider When Moving With Special Needs Child

The decision to move, whether across town or across the country, can be a stressful and even chaotic time. For a family with a special needs child, it can be particularly stressful as you determine how to make sure your child receives all the necessary resources to thrive and grow no matter where they are. However, there are a few factors to consider when moving. Find a Group Moving to a new place means unfamiliar faces, so it may be beneficial to both you and your child to identify special needs parent support groups in the new area ahead of … Continued

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


I had just made plans to go away on a silent retreat the week just before Christmas but little did I know that I will be completely in a silence of another kind. On Monday morning of December 19, I received a call that there may be a wake service to be arranged while I was having a coffee morning with my youngest sister at IKEA.  For the past few days I had a busy schedule back to back and I was looking forward to my long-awaited getaway. Shortly after the call, another call came in from the Forensic Department … Continued

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

Challenges Buddy Day – Run and Walk for Friendship

Sunday, August 21, 2016, Kuala Lumpur: –  Challenges Buddy Day celebration  was held for the 2nd time in celebration of friendship and inclusion – a day of camaraderie and inclusive fun for people with and without disabilities, in conjunction with International Friendship Day 2016. The Run for Friendship and Walk for Inclusion, which took place on Sunday, August 21st 2016 at Dataran DBKL, Jalan Raja Laut; saw runners cover a distance of 7km along some of KL’s memorable landmarks. The men and women’s team from KL Dragons joined the buddy walk  alongside members of the wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby … Continued

CS Khan's house in Petaling Jaya was burglarised recently.She shared her experience and research here.


CS Khan’s house in Petaling Jaya was burglarised recently.She shared her experience and research here.   The burglar came in the dead of night when everyone was sound asleep. This silent intruder ransacked our living room downstairs and the hall upstairs. He not only sneaked away with some of our valuables but also had the cheek to leave behind a mass of excrement just outside the back garden gate. Throughout the entire incident, none of us heard a sound! The next morning our domestic helper discovered the burglar’s ‘handiwork’ -opened drawers and cabinets with some of the contents strewn on … 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

IRONMAN winner Zbynek Svehla

  Zbynek’s maiden Ironman Langkawi 2010 win There is something about the Ironman Triathlon event. It never fails to attract participants from near and far, be they old or young, able or disabled. And Ironman Langkawi 2010 was one such event in point. For disabled contestant Zbynek Svehla from the Czech republic, he had been taking part in the Ironman challenge since he was 19. Now, at 35 and for the first time, he won the Ironman Langkawi 2010 championship. This was his time participanting after his first triathlon in Langkawi held two years ago. The Ironman Langkawi is a … Continued

GO GO Ironman Yanagawa!

Personality Profile   Blindness was no excuse for Ironman Langkawi’s participant, Yanagawa Harumi, to have as much fun possible Fifty –four- year-old Yanagawa Harumi from Japan was the only “blind man” to participate in the Ironman Langkawi 2010. This was his fourth time contesting in this race, having been a participant in Ironman held in America, Japan and Korea among others. Yanagawa makes it a point to participate twice each year in the event. Having lost his sight when he was eight due to an eye infection, Yanagawa never despaired. He learned Braille, massage and acupuncture, going on to become … Continued