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Inclusive sports at the University of Malaya

  by Selina Khoo & Yuhanis Adnan   According to the 2018 Higher Education Statistics by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia, there were 1,874 students with disabilities enrolled in the 20 public universities. The University of Malaya (UM) has approximately 80 students with disabilities enrolled in various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The university has several initiatives in place to become in inclusive university, including an Inclusive University Policy which was established in 2014. The policy has the following four objectives: *Protect the rights of students with disabilities so they can gain access to learning as well as life on campus … Continued

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Barcelona 1992 Legacy Transforms Lives through Accessible Transport

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office have published a second short film that showcases the transportation legacy of the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games. The film, part of the “Transforming Lives Makes Sense for Everyone” campaign, focuses on some of the post-Games accessibility improvements made in transportation. It can be watched on YouTube here The transport arrangements laid on for Para athletes during the Games provided a glimpse of how the integrated transport system of the future would look like. Before the Paralympics, the city’s infrastructure and transport was not accessible for persons with disabilities. … Continued

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IPC bans Russian powerlifter Sergey Sychev for life

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has suspended Russian powerlifter Sergey Sychev for life for committing a third anti-doping violation within a 10-year period. The 2008 and 2012 Paralympian, who competed in the up to 72kg class, returned an adverse analytical finding for dehydrochloromethyl-testosterone metabolite 4α-chloro-17β-hydroxymethyl-17α-methyl-18-nor-5α-androst-13-en-3α-ol (DHCMT metabolite) in a urine sample provided on 4 July 2018 in an out of competition test in Bryansk, Russia. This substance is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2018 Prohibited List under the category S1.1A Exogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids. As a result of his third violation, Sychev faces a lifetime period of ineligibility … Continued

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I am Althea Geraldine Valberg, Ryan’s mother. I would like to share about our journey with Ryan. Being a mother with four children, Ryan was the third child and I knew he was different as my other children was my bench mark. Back in 1998, many people were still oblivious about special needs and therefore getting a diagnosis was not easy. We seek medical advice but was told, there was nothing wrong with Ryan. But somehow, we just knew Ryan was different as the only word he could say clearly was “daddy”,  There were no social skills and he had … Continued

A cake cutting ceremony as Bayer celebrates 10 years of managing healthy hearts for Malaysians. (L-R: Associate Professor Dr Sazzli Kasim, Head of Cardiology Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Technology MARA; Dr Kenneth Sim, Country Medical Director, Bayer Pharmaceuticals Division, Singapore & Malaysia; Dr Feisul Idzwan, Consultant Public Health Physician & Deputy Director, Non-communicable Disease, Ministry of Health, Malaysia)


Bayer Co. (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Bayer) today commemorated its 10 years of managing healthy hearts for Malaysians with the launch of the Healthy Hearts, Healthy Aging Malaysia Report.   The Malaysia Report examines the burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) on the national health system, which is rising in tandem with Malaysia’s aging population, and calls for the adoption of innovative technologies and therapies through active collaboration with stakeholders from government, public, private, and communities to achieve better prevention, treatment and care for CVDs.   Developed in partnership with NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS), … Continued

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New WHO-led study says majority of adolescents worldwide are not sufficiently physically active, putting their current and future health at risk

The first ever global trends for adolescent insufficient physical activity show that urgent action is needed to increase physical activity levels in girls and boys aged 11 to 17 years. The study, published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal and produced by researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO), finds that more than 80% of school-going adolescents globally did not meet current recommendations of at least one hour of physical activity per day – including 85% of girls and 78% of boys. The study – which is based on data reported by 1.6 million 11 to 17-year-old students … Continued

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Teen with learning disability emerges as champion at National Abilympics Competition

Abilympics Malaysia welcomed 19-year-old Najwa Mahmud from Selangor into its team of Abilympians who will represent the country at the 10th International Abilympics Competition. Najwa Mahmud who has a  learning disability, took the first spot at the National Abilympics Competition for the skill category of Data Processing – Basic. Open to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) who are able to perform tasks using Microsoft Access version 2016 and/or the latest version, the competition was judged by Ganesan V. Murugesu. Ganesan is a training officer from CIAST who holds a Masters Degree in Engineering and has 10 years of experience in the … Continued

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Disability discrimination tops Australian Human Rights Commission complaints

New figures from the Australian Human Rights Commission show discrimination on the ground of disability was the leading area of concern for people lodging complaints about discrimination in 2018-19. In 2018-19, the Commission received 891 complaints about disability discrimination; accounting for almost 44% of all complaints received by the Commission last financial year. The number of complaints to the Commission about disability discrimination has gone up every year over the last five years. “Australians with disability continue to experience unacceptably high levels of discrimination, especially in relation to employment and the provision of goods and services,” said Commission President, Emeritus … Continued

Educational Platform launched at Tollyjoy Baby Day on 22 October, 2019


Becoming a parent can be the greatest yet most challenging experience with both joyful as well as stressful moments. No parent can ever be fully prepared for the role. Each day offers a new learning curve and for young parents, access to a knowledge and support network is priceless to help them manage the huge responsibility that comes with having a newborn.   Understanding this psyche and the need to journey with parents as they bring up their babies, Tollyjoy Corporation has collaborated with PPAS (Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Selangor) Jaya One and OrphanCare Foundation (OrphanCare) to launch ‘Partners in Parenting’, … Continued

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Smash the Glass Ceiling, Hannah Yeoh Tells Girls

KUALA LUMPUR — Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Deputy, Hannah Yeoh told girls to smash the glass ceiling and not let anyone hinder them from achieving their dream. She shared this advice with a group of girls at the #dreamBIG event last Saturday, jointly organised by The Body Shop and Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), in celebration of the International Day of the Girl. “There are many limitations and glass ceilings that have been put over girls and women. And even very strong and powerful women, they too have glass ceilings over them.” “And because of that, I … Continued