Reserved Parking Bays for PWDs

The pinching of parking bays meant for people with disabilities (PWDs) by able-bodied drivers has become a nuisance. The blatant disregard for parking spaces reserved for PWDs has made it difficult for disabled drivers to leave home for shopping. To assert this point, an accompanying picture shows it all. It speaks of the insensitivity of an able-bodied driver who has conveniently parked his car in the bays reserved for disabled people. This uncaring attitude deprives a wheelchair-bound driver of the parking bay rightfully reserved for PWDs. While the parking bays for PWDs are more spacious than the regular bays, this … Continued

Goodbye GC2018

XXI Commonwealth Games sets record for number of medal-winning nations and territories Breadth of Commonwealth Sport grows as five countries win Commonwealth medals for first time ever Games praised as unprecedented platform for humanity, inclusion and social impact Gender-equal focus comes to a close with uplifting concert from female musical icons as baton handed to “Commonwealth City” of Birmingham The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President, Louise Martin CBE, this evening declared the success of XXI Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia proof of the Commonwealth Sports Movement’s fast-growing stature on the world stage. Terming Gold Coast 2018 “the Games … Continued

Gold Coast 2018 to deliver an inclusive Games

GC2018 is going for gold in its quest to deliver an inclusive Games and will proudly host the largest integrated Para-Sport program in Commonwealth Games history.   GC2018 will set a new Commonwealth Games record by hosting up to 300 para-athletes and 38 medal events across seven sports – an increase of 45 per cent more athletes and 73 per cent more medals compared to the para-sport competition staged at the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. Further highlighting GC2018’s commitment to equality and inclusion, there will also be an equal number of men’s and women’s events across all … Continued

IN SAFE HANDS

What can a ageing mother do for her child with severe disabilities, knowing that she is not able to care for him properly with her own failing health? Thiviya Tharshin, an intern with Challenges Foundation shares her experience in escorting Choo Kim Woon to his new home. Choo Kim Woon, 54 was sent to Rumah Ehsan, a welfare home by the Social Welfare Department recently. He was brought in a Red Crescent ambulance. Choo has learning and physical disabilities. He is completely bedridden. His mother, Choong Kiong Moi is 75 years old. Lately, the mother has been unable to care … Continued

Is MRT accessible for Person with Disabilities?

Recently, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) Malaysia together with Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) conducted an assessment on accessibility of the MRT for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). Representatives from various disability organizations were present to conduct the access audit “so that any inadequacy in facilities can be voiced out and thus upgraded”. Thiviya Tharshin has the story.   My first impression was the MRT station was very spacious. There were the usual but crucial tactile paving, special toilet for the PWD, special parking spots and elevators. The tickets counters were low so that it is easily accessible for the wheelchair users. … Continued

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4 Things Persons with Disabilities Can Do to Stay Active

Whether you’ve been living with a disability for several years or just a little while, if you struggle to stay active or participate in sports; disability advocate Jenny Wise shares some ways you can be active and fit. .   Sometimes, the struggle is because you don’t know where to find inclusive activities, and sometimes the struggle is with yourself because you are afraid you can’t play a sport or participate in an activity with your disability. Don’t allow your insecurities, doubts, or fear hold you back. You can stay as active as you want to be, with your disability. … Continued

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IKHWAN-MADZALAN UPSET TOP SEEDS FOR PARA BADMINTON GOLD

  MALAYSIA struck an unexpected gold in the men’s doubles wheelchair WH1-2 (impairment in one or both lower limbs) through Muhammad Ikhwan Ramli-Madzalan Saibon who upset defending champions and top seeds Junthong Dumnem-Jakarin Homhaul of Thailand 22-20, 21-19 in the ASEAN Para Games badminton final on Friday. The Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil, the venue for the badminton events, came alive as the two pairs battled for supremacy in a 37-minute thriller that kept the fans on the edge of their seats throughout. For Madzlan, whose left leg was amputated above after a motorbike accident in 1995, it was his … Continued

SIX GOLDS ON ROAD BY MALAYSIAN PARA CYCLISTS

  Six out of seven gold medals in the road race! That is how Malaysian cyclists proved their mettle in the ASEAN Para Games event held at Dataran Putrajaya  today (Thursday Sept 21). The Malaysian camp celebrated when Azlia Syafinaz Zais with her pilot Aidillina Adilla J Sam (Women’s Division B, Lim Tao Keong (Division H1-H5), Najib Turano (C4), Zuhairie Ahmad Tarmizi (Division C5), Mohamad Syazwan Roshdi (C1, C2, C3) and Aiman Asyraff Ahmad Bajuri (men’s B) shut critics with heroic performances. Malaysia’s total gold medal tally in the road race events shot to 10 from the 14 offered in … Continued

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

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