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When the Blind Transcend Borders

Is vision important for one to be visionary? To Braille Without Borders, the answer is a simple “No”. Instead this “humble” organisation believes, given the chance, blind people too can prove to be visionaries. One such example is Braille Without Borders (BWB) founder Sabriye Tenberken, 38, who went on to gather blind Tibetan who had been left to die by society. Tenberken, who became blind at age 12,  set up a school for the blind in Tibet, which saw many blind Tibetan children going on to become self-supporting individuals. BWB, although a small international development organisation aims to create training … Continued

SDGs Fair

KUALA LUMPUR: The Association for the International Exchange of Students in Economics and Commerce (AIESEC) of University of Malaya organised SDGs fair in conjunction with the Winter National Conference last month. It was held at the faculty of law of University of Malaya. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a set of seventeen goals that was internationally agreed by more than 150 world leaders. It is part of the development goals by the United Nations that is set to be achieved by the year 2030. The seventeen SDGs are as below: Delegates of the Winter National Conference were from 14 … Continued

G3ict and World ENABLED launches Accessible Smart cities Initiative

NEWLY LAUNCHED ACCESSIBLE SMART CITIES INITIATIVE TO PROMOTE ACCESS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND AGING COMMUNITIES G3ict and World ENABLED leads the way with Microsoft support. G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, and World ENABLED announced at the 5th M-Enabling Summit, that they are teaming up in the launch of a joint global Defining Accessible Smart Cities Initiative. The objective, over the coming year, is to increase awareness about the role that accessible technology must play in the planning, deployment and functioning of smart cities worldwide and how smart cities can better engage persons with disabilities and aging communities … Continued

With tablets and looking towards the future of the e-payments partnership at the launch ceremony were Datuk Haji Zakaria Haji Mohd Edris, Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing Sabah (centre); Mohamad Safri Shahul Hamid, Deputy CEO of CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad (right) and Siek Kar Teck, Director, Retail Payments Division, Malaysian Electronic Clearing Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyClear).


CIMB Islamic Bank appointed as Master Biller Bank for JomPAY system adopted by all 23 Sabah Local Authorities SANDAKAN, Sept 27 (Bernama) — CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad  and the Sabah Local Authorities today officially launched their JomPAY electronic payment (“e-payment”) partnership which saw all 23 Local Authorities using JomPAY for the Sabahans’ payment of assessment fees. The launch took place at the Sabah Local Authority ICT Seminar 2016 in Sandakan today. Datuk Seri Panglima Hj Hajiji Hj Noor, Minister of Local Government and Housing Sabah said, “The theme of today’s conference, ’Strengthening the ICT Culture in Local Authorities Towards Smart … Continued

Picture of Paralympic Games 2016

23 Malaysian Paralympians in RIO 2016

The Paralympic Games 2016 in Rio will start today and 23 Malaysian paralympians will be competing. Selina Khoo shares some statistics                                           Paralympic Games – Brief History The Paralympic Games is a multi-sport and multi-disability competition which is held every four years. The first Paralympic Games were held in Rome in 1960 and it has grown in terms of the number of sports and participation. In the first edition of the Games, 400 athletes from 23 countries competed in 8 sports. … Continued

On the Road to Rio with Eliezer Gabriel Buenaventura

On the Road to Rio with Eliezer Gabriel Buenaventura

Eliezer Gabriel Buenaventura has gone from one of the most deprived neighbourhoods in Veracruz, Mexico, to being able to build a house for his family. Thanks to a gold medal win at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. The 18-year-old’s family could not afford to buy him clothes or shoes. As a child he sometimes had to walk barefoot. But Buenaventura was not discouraged, yet inspired. All due to his mother Susana’s every day hard work to bring food to the table. And even when he was living in a small room with his mother and brother in Veracruz, Buenaventura … 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

Accessible Film ‘Blindsight’ An Amazing Effort

Accessible Film ‘Blindsight’ An Amazing Effort

In 2004, a blind girl, Sabriye Tenberken and six blind students from the “Braille Without Borders” project fearlessly attempted to scale Lhakoa Ri, a 23,000 feet high peak next to Mount Everest. They were accompanied by world class mountain climber Erik Weihenmayer and a film team which later went on to produce an astonishingly captivating documentary with amazing footage. Called ‘Blindsight’, the documentary, produced by Sybil Robson Orr, directed by Lucy Walker and edited by Sebastian Duthy, chronicles the three-week long journey that was anything but predictable. The effort earned the documentary a host of awards including winner of the … Continued

Understanding Children with Asperger’s Syndrome

  Psychiatrist Anthony Thomas from America was in town to share with parents ways and methods through which they could help children with Asperger’s lead meaningful lives   It was lunch time. All the children rushed dashed to the canteen. This school has a rule, where the pupils have to enter the canteen through door A and exit using door B. After finishing their food, the students ran out to play while waiting for the next class at 2pm. There was one pupil who stood out from the rest. He left using door A and went to a corner and … Continued