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Thila Laxshman may be best known for her singing prowess or even her days as a leading actress, producer, master of ceremonies and trainer in the Malaysian Indian entertainment industry. Yet, being actively involved in community service and being an advocate for children with autism is by far her most important role, she says. Thila’s own son, Danvi Laxshman Siva Kumar, now a 19 year old student at the IMC Centre, was diagnosed with...
Meet Taufik, a seven-year-old deaf and mute boy from Senaru village in North Lombok. This unassuming child is now hailed as a hero for his act of helping foreign tourists evacuate from the area when an earthquake jolted Lombok Island recently. The boy, who lives with his grandmother, earns a living by acting as a guide assisting tourists and visitors at the Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gila waterfalls in Lombok. He assisted Malaysian...
What stands out about Amanda Kong Hwei Zhen, 24, is not merely her visual impairment, it is in fact her intelligence, self-sufficient nature and a woman full of personality that exudes life. When I first met her many moons ago, I really didn’t know how to deal with her being blind, much like many people who have met her. I was curious about this woman who was born with congenital (childhood) glaucoma and graduated with a First Class...
Minderjit Kaur* is a wheelchair-bound Differently Abled Individual (OKU) who has been looking for employment for the past two years, but without much luck. She is part of almost 500,000 persons with disabilities (PWD) who can become part of the country’s work force and contribute to the nation’s economy, if given the chance. Unfortunately, the doors are simply not fully opened for people like Minderjit and the rest. However,...
Sharon Lee had always been passionate about being involved in charity and community programmes.  It was nurtured in her from young as she was actively involved in the Leo Club during her schooling days back in the 80s. Subsequently, this passion of hers came in very useful when she was gifted with a special needs daughter. Sharon managed to get her daughter educated but soon realised that once the special needs courses...
By goodnews.com.my Reporters Imagine cycling for 72 hours, covering 1,000kms in all! After just ten kilometres, your muscles will be aching, palms will be numb and bursting with blisters, and your bum will feel like you are sitting on hot coal. But that’s exactly what 43-year-old Lee Yee Seng did – and all for a good cause. Lee is the president of Malaysia Lysosomal Diseases Association (MLDA), and he undertook the...
SpecialNeeds.com.my is delighted to invite equal opportunity employers to join us as we leverage technology for social good. Our mission is to transform the lives of people with special needs and those experiencing complex barriers to work. Using our employment portal, employers can browse resumes from our database, post job openings and register for recruitment drives. Symposiums and Workshops The need to attract, retain and develop...
  Author and Community Advocate Rachel Siew launches her first book in collaboration with the Make It Right Movement (MIRM) and Microsoft Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur, 19 September 2017 – Little Book BIG Secrets writer Rachel Siew Suet Li did not let adversity constrain her in her quest to become an author. This unique young lady born with a rare degenerative genetic condition, unveiled her first literary offering today...
By Our Reporter What drives renowned motivator, life coach and book author Zhariff Affandi to inspire people to live a truly happy life “without limits”? When you speak to Zhariff, you can instantly tell that this is a person who truly embraces the concept of self-belief. Despite being born without arms, he rose above such limitations to realise his true potential and continues to inspire others to do the same. Never...
A few minutes into conversation with Thavasothy S. Mailvaganam Pillai is enough to establish what an eloquent and erudite person this former teacher and current BAC lecturer is. Visually impaired since birth, this youngest of four children readily admits he was fortunate to have been born into a well to do family, with parents who, upon realising there was something wrong with their baby, immediately sought treatment not just in his country...