In some ways, says Portuguese ex-boxer Jorge Pina, the loss of most of his sight was the making of him. “I didn’t lose my sight, I just see things differently,” he says.
Forced to abandon his world title dreams, Pina devotes his time to helping troubled kids from rough neighbourhoods stay on the right path by channelling their energy into sport.
A disabled South African pilot was killed when his small plane crashed while attempting to land at Bang Phra airport in Si Racha district Sunday afternoon, police said. Michael Charles Lomberg, 60, was flying one of three light aircraft belonging to a disability rights advocacy group called “Handiflight Around the World” that left Chiang Rai airport at 10am, police said.
Indonesian third-grader Mukhlis Abdul Holik begins the long haul to school with a knapsack strapped to his back and hands stuffed into a pair of sandals – to guard against road burn.
It is no ordinary trip for the eight-year-old. He has severely deformed feet and legs so tiny that he only reaches up to his classmates’ waists when standing.
Beginning next year, the Education Ministry will implement the Zero Reject Policy to ensure that no special needs child is turned away from school.
The policy, which will be rolled out in stages, aims to ensure that all children in the country, including those with special needs and undocumented children, will have access to education.
Ever since the first Ironman movie came out in 2008, it has fuelled visions of special suits that people could wear to improve their strength. While a suit that can allow you to fly may still be the stuff of science fiction, exoskeletons that can help in the battlefield, in the factory floor and in everyday life is dawning upon us.