Our Stories

Welcome to Human R.A.C.E

Welcome to Human R.A.C.E

Welcome to Human R.A.C.E., our engine to drive Respect, Acceptance, Change and Equality for people with intellectual disabilities. We are more similar than we are different, so why discriminate? Hear our voices. Feel our fears. Share our joy as we race to the finish line.

He’ll never be alone

He’ll never be alone

Before the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games, my brother Rishabh was loved by us, his family. Now, he is loved by the nation.

I’m a survivor

I’m a survivor

When I was four, I was almost killed by my own mother. I remember the ordeal vividly. We were on a bus. Before we got to our destination, my mum alighted.

A Family Less Ordinary

A Family Less Ordinary

We are the proud parents of five beautiful children. Our eldest son Aaron, who is now 20, was diagnosed with autism when he was 3. Our youngest children, 12-year-old twins Daniel and Gabriel, were also found to have autism four years ago.

Can’t waste time crying

Can’t waste time crying

It has been over 24 years since I found out that my son, Johannes was going to be born with Down Syndrome.       When I first knew, I was a few months into the pregnancy.

My sister, my best friend

My sister, my best friend

We have so much to learn from one another. My sister Anastasia has Down Syndrome. When she was born, I remember my parents telling me that I have a special sister and that it was my duty to love and care for her.

The Best Son I Could Wish for

The Best Son I Could Wish for

My son Rithik is one of the greatest blessings in my life. He is innocent and completely pure at heart. Rithik is now 23. When he was 12, he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), coupled with lower than normal IQ.

A leap towards inclusion

A leap towards inclusion

I have been a volunteer football coach with Special Olympics Singapore for seven years. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

It wasn’t just special, it was extraordinary

It wasn’t just special, it was extraordinary

Sports gave these athletes a platform to change minds and hearts. In return, they made sports better. I was involved with Special Olympics Asia Pacific last year when we created this very website.

Getting on with it

Getting on with it

‘Getting on with it’ is my motto to survive in life. At 34, I was the oldest athlete representing Team Thailand at the recent 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.

Better versions of ourselves

Better versions of ourselves

With these special children, I learn as much from them as I hope they do from me. I remember the day that one of my Special Olympics athletes fainted on the field. We were conducting try-outs for the football team.