Athlete

Chase your dreams

Chase your dreams

Some people say childhood is the best part of one’s life, with the sweetest memories. It wasn’t true for me at all. I recall being a sickly child, often spending my days in cold, clinical hospital rooms.

Yes, I can

Yes, I can

I did not speak until I was 7. According to my parents, I spoke only a few words when I was a toddler; but after that, I just stopped talking.

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.

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.

The value of true friendship

The value of true friendship

Over the years, I have witnessed only too often—and experienced first-hand—how many individuals view people with intellectual disabilities. They believe the differently-abled should have no friends. They are wrong.

Finding my roots

Finding my roots

I’m not alone in this world. I have not met my biological family for more than a decade. I was born into a family of ten children, and my parents were drug addicts.

Leaders with a difference

Leaders with a difference

My life has come full circle. So many of the challenges I used to have, I have overcome. I was diagnosed quite late in life, at the age of 17, with Asperger Syndrome.

Breaking barriers to shine

Breaking barriers to shine

For the first time, I felt like my family was no longer ashamed of me. I am the eldest of four children in my family. When I was born, my skin appeared bluish.

Inclusion can change lives

Inclusion can change lives

A life-changing experience that reunited me with my long-lost mother. My name is Chutipa Phansuwan. My family and friends call me Jay. I am 15 years old.

Power to Change Mindsets

Power to Change Mindsets

I have a simple wish. I have a simple wish – to own a mobile phone and a dress in pink, my favorite color. These are possessions that most 16-year-olds in many parts of the world take for granted.