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.
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.
Carmen Lopez can only imagine what the sea looks like, but the blind 21-year-old Spaniard is in her element riding the surf. Guided by instinct and signals whistled by her coach, Lopez has been training hard to become Spain’s first blind female athlete to enter the World Adaptive Surfing Championship in La Jolla, California, on Wednesday.
Autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a disorder that is often misunderstood because people lack awareness of autistic disorders. People who have this disorder often face challenges with their social skills, speech and non-verbal communication. Most autistic people also face sensory issues towards some sights, sounds and other sensations which can make them very uncomfortable. Thus, taking that into account, Sunway Putra Mall has decided to make its mall autism-friendly in an effort to raise awareness on the disorder.