You wouldn’t think twice about the height of a door handle. But it’s something Tarryn Tomlinson has to consider every single day. Tomlinson was a teenager when the way she experienced the world changed. “I developed rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 18 and within a year and a half I needed to use a wheelchair,” she says.
In light of the plastic straw ban in the Federal Territories next year, advocates representing persons with disabilities (PWDs) have urged eateries to provide alternative drinking straws to those with limited physical movements. “Straws are needed by those with neurological problems or have limited physical movement such as tetraplegics or quadriplegics,” said founder and chairman of the non-governmental organisation OKU Sentral Ras Adiba Radzi.
He may not be singled out as “Man of the Match” but Sunny Shalesh certainly scored big when he made it his goal in life to be a disability football coach. The 48-year-old’s passion for the disabled community was shaped by his relationship with his younger brother, who was physically and mentally challenged.
One year after being hailed as national heroes, the para-athletes who won gold medals for the country are now struggling to find money to pay for the official attire during the opening of the Asian Para Games in Jakarta. With just a month to go before the Games, the athletes are hoping they would get their clothes before Oct 6.
Elderly and disabled pilgrims here in the Holy Land get one-on-one attention and assistance during the crucial Masyair phase of the haj through Tabung Haji’s (TH) Elderly Pilgrims Programme. Tabung Haji (TH) counselling manager Rashidah Ahmad said 50 pilgrims have been selected for the programme, which is in its 14th year.
Operating a business with a permanent disability in a highly competitive and changing environment is not an easy task. The Malaysian Indian Network of Entrepreneurs (1MINE) views the struggle and challenges of these entrepreneurs are far more demanding and yet, they are the ones who receive least amount of recognition. In celebrating and commending the efforts made by these physically-challenged entrepreneurs, IMINE is organising a gala event entitled ‘Awarding the Differently-Abled Entrepreneurs 2018’ on October 13, 2018 at the Civic Hall in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.