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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

Picture of Bathmavathi Krishnan goes shopping in her wheelchhair

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

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

Paralympian Darwin Castro’s story to launch #TeamAgitos Road to Rio2016 Campaign

After becoming blind, I wanted to die.” In 2012 Ecuador’s Darwin Castro felt his world had ended when he lost his sight. Aged 16, he was diagnosed with Keratoconus, a progressive eye disease, and despite numerous surgeries, his sight could not be restored. However, Para sport gave him new hope and four years after losing his sight, Castro is optimistic about winning his country’s first ever Paralympic medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in the 5,000m T11. “Now, if you ask me if I want to have my eyesight back or to be crowned as Paralympic champion, I choose … Continued

A disabled girl performing an amazing dance.


Things have come a long way in the short time since one of the Epic Arts’ founders Katie MacCabe came to Phnom Penh from the London office to begin running creative arts workshops with disabled organisations in Cambodia. Back in 2003, Katie found herself with translator Kim Yousophea, cycling around the city, precariously balancing a CD player on her handlebars, with a selection of Khmer beats in her basket. Today, Epic Arts employs eight staff, full and part time, and has started the first professional integrated performance group in the sub-region. The Epic team expanded to three, when Katie met … Continued

Father and a daughter holding hands.


In celebration of Father’s Day, we learn  from three extraordinarily special dads the meaning of sacrifice, true love and the belief that a deaf father can do a great job like any other father, with the help of a loving mother. At the same time, these dads readily attribute their family successes to their wives, without whom they would not have enjoyed fatherhood so much. It was once said, “Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad”. Fathers are very special people to their children. Often seen as less hands-on parents than mothers, fathers, … Continued


SOLO TRAVEL WITH A DISABILITY Disability can make one life stage intrude on another when design and policies create barriers that limit one’s independence. They complicate both the how and the why of travel. The skill is to anticipate collisions when they are predictable or embrace them with grace when they are not. Solo travel can be a spiritual practice, a rite of passage, a time for reprioritizing – but Maslow’s Theory of Development reminds us that basic human needs must first be met. For many people with a disability the motivation for solo travel is the same as for … Continued

BOH Cameronian Gold Blend packages

Limited edition BOH Cameronian Gold Blend packages launched in tribute of traditional performing arts.

  In conjunction with the 13th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, BOH Plantations Sdn. Bhd. (BOH) has released the limited edition BOH Cameronian Gold Blend packages in tribute of three performing arts genres in Malaysia – Bangsawan, Wayang Kulit and Mak Yong. ‘Yesterday for Tomorrow’ theme Following this year’s Awards theme of ‘Yesterday for Tomorrow’, the canister packages combine traditional Malay designs with bold colours that reflect the unique art form and theatrical elements of each performance. Bangsawan, which gives the audience a glimpse into the lives of royalties through song and dance, accompanied by traditional instruments such as tabla and … Continued

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