Picture of Rajvin , woman with cerebral palsy

I am an Enabler not a Disabler

Rajvin Kaur Randhawa, 32 . was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was one year old. Today the motivational speaker and blogger shares her message for World Cerebral Palsy Day 2017 with Challenges readers.   Cerebral Palsy slows me down but it never has and will never be a hindrance to stop me from achieving my life goals and I am proud to say I am never giving up in life and will continue to be a successful individual in society. I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy – spastic quadripledgia at the age of one. Some of you maybe wondering … Continued

The Joy of a Sandwich Carer

“Keep Calm and Be a Carer” Almost a quarter of century ago, I returned to Malaysia after 11 years of studying and working in the US. Returning into traditional Malay culture, a close knit family provided me the support system for my young children and aging parents. Therefore, against this backdrop my story as a sandwich carer unfolds and highlights the turning points of my special child and my elderly mother.   When my children were growing up, my mother and in-laws would often come to the house and spend time taking care of them. However, my mother noticed that … Continued

PJ Car Free Day 2017

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) continue efforts to make Petaling Jaya a green and sustainable city through a program PJ CAR FREE DAY or Petaling Jaya Car Free Day on 15 April 2017 from 6.30 am to 12.00 am.   The purpose of this program is one of conservation of energy and resources to reduce the use of vehicles so as to control air pollution in the city. The program is also in line with the Selangor State Government to reduce carbon consumption in a holistic manner.   In addition, MBPJ also want to promote bike paths that have been … Continued

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Nobody Smiles Like I Do – Breastfeeding

This is a personal account by Dee Cole from Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada about her breastfeeding experience with her down syndrome baby and the importance of having peer support from other mothers. I had a beautiful pregnancy and did not work for the last five months of my pregnancy. I had never felt so healthy in my life and even registered for prenatal and exercise classes and read many books on pregnancy and childbirth. The only thing I didn’t do was attend La Leche League meetings—I did not know they existed. If I had known I would have attended all I … Continued

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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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