Chen Ziyue

Chen Ziyue, 33 years old, is an artistically talented Deaf illustrator. Since discovering her keen interest in storytelling through illustration, she has brought life to numerous children’s books through her drawings. With her works being recognised in Singapore and abroad, the future is nothing short of promising for this young talent.

Ziyue is nominated by Mr Christopher Khong and Ms Pedrinha Jacinta. Both nominators believe she deserves to be recognised for her artistic talent.

Joshua German, 22 years old, is a budding pianist with autism. With an innate talent in music, Joshua is able to play the piano by ear without a music score. Recognised for his talent, Joshua has been invited to perform live at various platforms and on TV.

Joshua is nominated for the award by Very Special Arts Singapore Ltd, a charity dedicated to provide individuals with special needs access to the arts.

Haikal Johari, 42 years old, is a highly acclaimed chef whom acquired a paralysis mid-life, but bravely made his recovery back to work and led his restaurant to receive its first Michelin star. Haikal is lauded for his excellent craft in the culinary field and never-say-die attitude in the face of adversity.

Haikal is nominated for the award by Ms Iris Goh and Mr Gunawan Hadz who attest to his character, dedication and passion.

Timothy, 19 years old, is a promising performing arts young adult with down syndrome. He has much passion for acting and in year 2018, was chosen as a main cast of Mediacorp Channel 5’s TV Series, KIN. Apart from acting, he also displays strong interest in dancing and modelling, and is an outstanding example in the inclusive arts scene.

Timothy is nominated for the award by Very Special Arts Singapore Ltd, a charity dedicated to provide individuals with special needs access to the arts.

Stephanie, 23 years old, born with retinal dystrophy, is a talented Erhu musician and soloist with The Purple Symphony and the Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra. Currently studying for a diploma in Music, Stephanie is working hard towards fulfilling her dream of teaching music to other visually impaired students.

Stephanie is nominated for the award by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, whom she is an exemplary Alumnus of.

Toh Wei Soong, 20 years old, is a Two-time Asian Para Games gold medallist and national competitive Paralympic swimmer. Wei Soong is an impressive young man, that is not just pushing for swimming accolades, but also spends much of his time sharing his experiences with youths and promoting disability sports.

Wei Soong is nominated for the award by the Singapore Disability Sports Council, the national sports body for the disabled in Singapore.

14-year-old Chalmers Wong is a multi-talented boy with autism, who displays aptitude in arts, music and even sports. Most impressively, he is believed to be the only special needs sand artist in Singapore.

Chalmers is nominated by Ms Magdalene Ong, supported with a personal testimonial from Member of Parliament Rahayu Mahzam.

17-year-old Zhi Wei is a national Paralympic swimmer with visual impairment. A rising star in the sports arena, he was the most bemedalled athlete at the Asia Youth Para Games 2017. Seen as a role model in school and one who displays traits of high perseverance, he is currently chasing his dream of becoming a Paralympian.

He is nominated by a total of three organisations – Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped, Eunoia Junior College and Catholic High School.

20-year-old Adelia Naomi is Singapore’s first Deaflympics gold medallist. She was talent spotted by Deaf Sports Association, and has kept Singapore’s flag flying high since. Adelia is also embarking her journey as a mentor and bowling coach to her juniors.

She is nominated by the Deaf Sports Association, the national body for sports serving the deaf community.

22-year-old Fathima Zohra, has an acquired disability after meeting a near-fatal accident. Yet, she has overcome all odds to become a social media advocate for persons with disabilities. With great courage, Zohra shares her story with peer support groups and uses her social media expertise to speak up for others.

She is nominated by SPD, who helped her through the post-accident recovery journey.

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狮城有约 | 十分访谈:疫情下的慈善活动

20/07/20201 播出 防疫措施随着疫情变动,残障人士和他们的看护者不得不随时对照护安排做调整。而慈善组织在这段期间难以举办大型活动,也让筹款面对一定困难。 《十分访谈》请到两位肌肉萎缩患者和新加坡协助残障者自立局的通讯与社区促进部署长和我们聊一聊,冠病疫情为残障人士的生活带来哪些挑战。有意提供协助的公众也可以上网(https://www.mef.sg)查询。

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从街头艺术家变“坐家” 肌肉萎缩患者盼上网卖艺

“因为这个疫情,我现在变成‘坐家’,坐在家里。” 患有肌肉萎缩症的吴伟廉过去都靠上街卖艺维持生计。2019冠状病毒疫情却捣乱了他的生活,让他无法继续以卖艺为生。如今,不断向上的他希望学习运用线上科技,把艺术带上网,开启一条新生路。 56岁的吴伟廉透露,他从小走路或跑步时很容易跌倒,一直觉得双脚有问题,直到17岁那年才被诊断患有肌肉萎缩症。 “我要服兵役前进行了身体检查,才被诊断患上肌肉萎缩症。那时我问医生我会怎么样,医生告诉我,你以后要坐轮椅。” 自力更生:街头吹口琴 用嘴巴作画 从小不爱读书的吴伟廉在小学毕业后便停学,到珠宝工厂学制作珠宝首饰,直到病情恶化才被迫离职。 吴伟廉的脚渐渐失去力气,从依靠拐杖到最终得以轮椅代步。尽管如此,他还是非常积极向上,想着应该如何自力更生。 对手工艺术有着浓厚兴趣的他,最终想到了可以学口琴卖艺。“我坐轮椅过后,一开始是靠在外面卖彩票为生。但是买彩票过后就不流行了,我的生意也不好,之后我就想到可以学口琴卖艺,和用嘴巴作画。” 吴伟廉的画作 吴伟廉透露,他在友人的帮助和指引下,找到了可以教他吹口琴的导师,并在2017年申请执照,在街头卖艺。由于吴伟廉双手无力,因此需要在头上架起支架,支撑口琴,让他不用手也能吹起口琴。 但是,吴伟廉的病情逐渐恶化,加上冠病疫情,让他无法继续在街头卖艺。“我喜欢在外面吹口琴,可以看到很多人,有些人很好,会叫我加油。我们的肌肉如果是100%,我只剩下3%。我的屁股已经完全没有肌肉了,坐久了会痛。现在出去卖艺对我来说,可能性很小。” 吴伟廉在桌边架起多个支架,方便他用嘴巴提笔作画。 尽管冠病疫情和病情影响了他的生计,吴伟廉仍积极向上,还开玩笑说,“因为这个疫情,我现在变成‘坐家’,坐在家里”。但是,他也因此有更多时间在家作画。只见他把家里的其中一个房间变成画室,桌边架起多个支架,摆放了多种颜料,方便他用嘴巴提笔作画。 目前98%的日常生活都得依靠女佣的吴伟廉无奈表示,由于他的肌肉萎缩日益严重,如果无法请到第二名女佣,他最终只好寄托疗养院。这是渴望自立的他最不想要的结果。 “如果我有能力请另一名女佣,我就可以走前一步。我现在一定要走前一步,不可以退后一步。退后一步就是去疗养院了。” 吴伟廉自认对科技一窍不通,但还是非常乐意学习。 积极向上:上网卖艺 增加收入来源 疫情期间,线上活动成了新趋势。吴伟廉也希望能上网卖艺,增加收入来源,提升生活素质。因此,他通过新加坡协助残障者自立局(SG Enable,简称新协立)的科技辅助基金(Assistive Technology Fund)和新传媒协立慈善基金(Mediacorp Enable Fund)申请援助,购买一台膝上电脑,方便他学习如何上网。 吴伟廉自认对科技一窍不通,但还是非常乐意学习。他透露,近日有朋友帮他设立Facebook账号,通过这个平台成功为他卖出两幅画,算是一个好的开始。 “我希望可以学习怎么上网,画画和吹口琴给人家看。我很多东西不懂,但是我一定要懂,不懂我不可以生存。” Source: 8world

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Not boxed in by disability

Not boxed in by disability He swims and plays bocce. He has tried archery and horseriding. He has even given powerlifting a go. But the sport he loves best is boxing. On his passion, 17-year-old Keith Tan says: “I have loved combat sports since young, so taking up boxing is natural for me. I find […]

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Gift from one, hope for many

Venerable Sek Ming Woon, one of two executrices of the late Venerable Suit’s estate, presenting a S$100,000 cheque to CEO of SG Enable, Ms Ku Geok Boon The late Venerable Suit Woo Foong was a simple man. Born in China in 1921, he became a monk when he was just 12 and lived in monasteries […]

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New support for SPED schools alumni networks

Alumni Neo Kah Whye on his way home in a hydraulic van after participating in the Hydro Weekly programme at CPAS.   New support for SPED schools for continued engagement with alumni Once a person with disability graduates from a Special Education (SPED) school, he / she may be transitioned into the workforce through programmes […]

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Mediacorp Enable Fund launches giving drive for people with disabilities and their caregivers

SINGAPORE: The Mediacorp Enable Fund is launching the Sustained CARE giving drive to support people with disabilities and their caregivers, who face a “disproportionately severe” impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Caregivers have been under added pressure to provide for their loved ones due to adjustments that have to be made in access to rehabilitation and care services,” […]

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