Athlete

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.

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.

Be Brave

Be Brave

Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt. When I was nine years old, I almost drowned during a swimming competition. The incident traumatized me. Since then, I developed a terrible phobia of the water.

Chase your dreams

Chase your dreams

How would you feel if a doctor told you that your child might not ever be able to tie their own shoelaces? My parents heard exactly that from a doctor, when I was three years old, and diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).