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My Cane is My Eye

APPREHENSION accompanied me as I made my way to the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) complex to start my course on Orientation & Mobility (O&M).  At that point while the doctor had certified me clinically blind, I however begged to differ. After all, I could still read newspaper headlines. To end up using the white cane would be the ultimate confirmation of my visual status. After all, everyone associates white cane and Braille with blind people, right?   Part of the course module offered by MAB required my learning how to use a cane. I met Peter Manickam,  the … 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

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Hari Raya, what it means to Deaf people and their Families.

  Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a special occasion for Muslims to give thanks and rejoice for the strength given to them during the fasting month. It is also one of the most important festive celebrations, second only to Hari Raya Haji; family members and friends will gather together from afar and partake of delicacies and special Raya dishes.James Chua shared his thoughts on celebrating Hari Raya with his Deaf friends and families. Such is the scene seen at the Ampang house of Saiful Amri bin Wahid (Amri) and the Seremban home of Nurliyana binte Jaya (Liyana) on the first day … Continued

Where there is a will there is a way, as Dernita Muhammed found out after she attended a self defence workshop in town.

It’s all about will power

  Where there is a will there is a way, as Dernita Muhammed found out after she attended a self defense workshop in town. She shares here her experience here. In May, I participated in a four-day self defense workshop organised for women with disabilities by the Women’s Sports and Fitness Foundation Malaysia together with National Sports Council, Women WIN and ITAR. The workshop was held at the National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. This was the first time I had taken part in such an activity as all this while I was living under the belief that people with … Continued

Lydia achieved a third degree black belt in karate and a black belt in Aikido after she became a wheelchair-user after a car accident in 1982

Self-Powering Via Self Defence

Lifestyle – Independent living It was after her harrowing car accident which left her paraplegic (paralyzed from chest down), that Lydia la Riviere Zijdel got interested in martial arts. She went on to become a renowned name in the arena of self defense. Her advice to women, especially disabled women is for them to learn martial arts for it will not only safeguard them but also make them appreciate the finer things in life. Jeswan Kaur writes. “And for women with disabilities, self-defense is the tool that can help them deal with the double jeopardy life has thrown at them.”Lydia … Continued

Malaysian women with disabilities empowered by self defence workshop


Lifestyle – Independent living by Jeswan Kaur Disability, without a doubt, puts people in a vulnerable position, especially women as they are more prone to danger, including mental and emotional attacks. While women are very good at defending their children, ironically, they have a hard time protecting themselves. “It’s a cultural thing, which I see prevalent all over the world.  Women always think girls must be well behaved, while the boys are allowed to be rough and tough. I always say girls must be allowed to say ‘no’ and assert themselves,” said Lydia la Riviere Zijdel, a martial arts expert, … Continued

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On the Road to Rio with Mario Paula Barrera

Lifestyle – Sports   Colombian teenager Maria Paula Barrera may not be competing at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, but she is looking forward to an exciting future filled with promise. The 14-year-old began her career two years ago, winning two golds and one bronze at the Santiago 2014 Para South American Games. Barrera took part in a training camp in Brazil run by the Agitos Foundation, the development arm of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and supported by the Brazilian Paralympic Committee and Rio 2016. There she learned new techniques, going on to reach six finals at the Toronto … Continued

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Shopping on ‘Wheels’

Access – Independent Living Bathmavathi Krishnan literally wheels her way into a hypermarket to do her shopping. She is a wheelchair-user but that has never been an issue when she shops at Tesco in Shah Alam. Not only are there ample parking spaces for PWDs, the staff too is just as helpful,  lugging her shopping bags to the car. She shares here one such experience.  THERE are times when one has to shop alone. I was in such a situation recently when my domestic helper ran off, leaving me all alone to attend to matters at hand, one of which … Continued

Wedding extravaganza expo helps raise awareness on PWDs issues

Lifesytle -Relationship With several successful years of hosting the Indian Wedding Expo to its credit, D’Organizer (M) Sdn Bhd launched  its  inaugural Malay Wedding Expo in April.  Also held was  the company’s corporate social responsibility project  “Our Special Ones” which kicked off together with the Indian Wedding Expo,.   The four- day event started on April 22  at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre in  Kuala Lumpur.     At the pre- launch event recently ,Mathyvanan,  managing director of D’Organiser (M) Sdn Bhdsaid:   “The most memorable day in one’s life deserves the most planning! Whether the dream for the big … Continued

MIRROR says it all

  HER entry into performing arts was fated. And Lorna Hoong hopes ‘Mirror’ will reveal that PWDs or no, everyone deserves to be happy.   When Lorna Hoong volunteered to help out at a theatre production  three years ago, she had not expected the life-changing experience that lay ahead. It was the start of her  journey in performing arts, a passion that led to the birth of a dance revelation. Said Hoong: “I was attending a show in KLpac and they were distributing flyers – seeking volunteers for a production. I had no idea that this first step would lead … Continued