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Ibrahim al-Kholy, an Egyptian who was born with Down syndrome, was appointed as a teaching assistant in the University of Canada in Egypt’s Mass Communication, Radio and Television department.   The 24-year-old fresh graduate launched his academic career this October in the same university, where he also received his bachelor’s degree. “The University of Canada in Egypt, led by its President Mhamoud Abo Elnasr...
Heba Atef became the first-ever Egyptian flight attendant with Down syndrome to embark on a special flight from Cairo to Khartoum entitled “The Journey of Humanity,” starting on Saturday, November 30 and lasting until Thursday, December 5.   Atef, a student at the Arab Open University in Egypt (AOU), accompanied a group of passengers with special needs alongside their families during the journey. In collaboration...
In this day and age, lots of people have the habit of going cafe-hopping during the weekends to look for good coffee and pastries. Well, we have one place to recommend to you! Located at Sungai Petani, Kedah, this cafe is run by children with special needs! They bake the bread themselves and at the same time, they make the coffee too! This cafe is at the  PEKAKA centre  in Sungai Petani. PEKAKA (Parents’ Support Group...
In 2016, Starbucks opened its  first store dedicated to providing employment opportunities for members of the deaf community. Today, Starbucks is celebrating yet another milestone with the opening of its second Signing Store in Penang. On Tuesday, 19 November, Starbucks announced the grand opening of the Penang Signing Store on its  Facebook  page. The post read, "Our second Signing store in...
Paul Simon knows a talent when he hears the person sing. That is why the singing icon allowed Kodi Lee to perform Simon And Garfunkel’s 1970 hit  Bridge Over Troubled Water  during the quarter-finals of  America’s Got Talent . On Wednesday, Lee crossed the final bridge to become the 14th season’s champion, netting US$1mil (RM4.19mil) and a chance to headline shows at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in...
For some people like R.Sriramanujam, there is a great scope despite being blind. He was not someone who usually cursed his fate but instead, he decided to change his chapter by achieving something great in his life. This goes to show how determined he is. He approached his life with a fresh perspective and today he is the world’s first blind news reader. Hailing from Tamil Nadu, he has received praises for his attitude. He may not...
An iconic fast food spot in Petaling Jaya has been in the spotlight for hiring senior citizens and people with disabilities. A Twitter user known as Cikgu Brian recently posted about his visit to A&W on Lorong Sultan and how impressed he was by the restaurant’s diverse group of employees. “A&W Petaling Jaya has gained my respect for hiring the hearing-impaired and senior citizens. “It not only makes this a...
Niranjan Mukundan, a 24 year old para swimmer from India recently made his country proud at the Norwegian Swimming Championships 2019 (Ado Cup). Niranjan took home not one but 5 gold medals in the swimming competition. He won in the 50 metre butterfly, 200 metre IM (Individual medley), 200 metre breaststroke, 100 metre freestyle and 50 metre breaststroke categories. His victory at the championship earned him an important milestone in...
Tyler Butler- Figueroa may only be a fifth grader at Walnut Creek Elementary in Raleigh, yet his story is nothing short of amazing. At the age of four, Tyler’s mother learned that her baby boy had cancer. His illness first came to light when she suspected something was wrong at dinner one night – “One day, we were out to dinner, and we said something doesn’t look right with Tyler. He turned kind of pale. So a...
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...