Enabling technology

FOR someone who did not get to go out often, there used to be very few alternatives for me to fill those long hours at home. I spent a lot of my time in front of the television but there... more »

Life on the edge

VISITS to the hospital are humbling experiences for me. Seeing sickly people with an anguished demeanour is a stark reminder of my own mortality. For that reason, I used to dislike going to the hospital. I still do. The smell... more »

The language of disability

THE terminologies related to disability are still evolving. We have not reached a consensus where the terms we use are universally acceptable by everyone. Depending on a person’s orientation, what is offensive to some is acceptable to others. Nonetheless, I... more »

The long and twisted path

MY life after the accident was unnerving. The physiological aspects of my body were drastically altered and no longer functioned like they used to. I was like a baby having to learn everything anew. The spinal cord is a bundle... more »

The state of accessible facilities

THROUGHOUT the 28 years that I have been using a wheelchair, I have always faced significant problems whenever I am out and about. The built environment and public transport system in Malaysia are severely lacking in accessible facilities. That is... more »

Second chances

IT all happened one sunny day in October 1984. I dived into the shallow end of a swimming pool. My head hit the floor causing a compression fracture of the fifth and sixth cervical vertebrae. A piece of bone broke... more »
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