Our Stories

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).

A world of equality and love

A world of equality and love

They are no less than us; we are all equal. Growing up with a cousin with cerebral palsy has shaped my perception of people with intellectual disabilities from a young age. Although she is non-verbal, I don’t find it hard to communicate with her.

Have an open heart and mind

Have an open heart and mind

My year-long journey as a volunteer with Special Olympics Singapore has been absolutely rewarding. I have stepped out of my comfort zone to take part in a sport I barely knew anything about.

Ready to conquer the world

Ready to conquer the world

My name is Abhishek Gogoi. I am from Assam, India. I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a child. I was told that, as a toddler, my parents had to watch as I missed one developmental milestone after another.

FROM DIRT ROADS TO THE PITCH

FROM DIRT ROADS TO THE PITCH

If you asked me five years ago, whether I can imagine life outside of my village, I’d probably have said no. There is one person I wish to thank for changing my life.

My family’s gift

My family’s gift

I have always been very protective and concerned about my younger sister, Sagarika, who was born with an intellectual disability. I feel extremely blessed to have a sister like her.

My commitment as a coach

My commitment as a coach

It’s good to challenge ourselves and step out of our comfort zone. My mantra, as a volunteer coach with Special Olympics Singapore, is to be patient and caring. It takes time for athletes with intellectual disabilities to learn, develop and hone their skills. 

My sport partner and friend

My sport partner and friend

In Johannes, I have found a lifelong sport partner and friend. When I first picked up badminton, it was largely a recreational sport I played with my family members.

My teacher in life

My teacher in life

The biggest role model in my life is my elder sister, Farah. My sister has Down Syndrome. She may not lead a similar life to that of many people, but her life is no less fulfilling.

Take the first step

Take the first step

My greatest hope is that we will one day become a truly inclusive and accepting society. Over the last decade, I have been dedicating my time to working with children with intellectual disabilities in Fiji.