A VOLUNTEER’S EXPERIENCE IN SOCIAL INCLUSION

College Beat. It was the first time Matthew Wu Haoyu volunteered at a football tournament for children with and without disabilities. A volunteer of the AIESEC International participants programme from China, Matthew shared his experience here.   July 26, 2017 was a nice day. At 8 a.m., the NPNG Sports Centre in Damansara  Damai was preparing football matches. That was when we, the Aiesecers, arrived in batches. My batch arrived first, but because we were not familiar with the coaches, we did not help start the events right away. After that, the more experienced batch came and helped set up … Continued

Challenges Foundation supports global #Act4SDGs campaign

Challenges Foundation joins global #Act4SDGs campaign

Challenges Foundation joins the global #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 join the movement, … 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

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

REMEMBERING SANDRA

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.

BURGLARISED !

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