Our Stories

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.

Finding my voice in the world we share

Finding my voice in the world we share

Give us the confidence to not just survive but thrive in life. I was born a healthy baby, and my early developments were considered normal. However, as I grew older, my parents found it increasingly difficult to deal with my eccentric behaviors. 

My life’s blessing

My life’s blessing

When people tell me, how unfortunate it is to have a child with an intellectual disability, I turn to them and reply, “No, it is a blessing.” My name is Madam May Fazura, and I am a mother of a family of five.

Overcoming each wave

Overcoming each wave

It is the same world we all live in. When my son Asim was five years old, he was diagnosed with borderline autism. My husband and I had always thought he simply had speech and learning delays.

Inclusion is our ultimate goal

Inclusion is our ultimate goal

I am constantly inspired and awestruck by how our athletes can achieve greatness. I have spent 20 years with the Special Olympics movement, but there is one encounter from early on in my career that sticks with me.

We matter, too

We matter, too

As a unified generation, let us stand together and declare that all people matter. My name is Brina Kei Maxino, and I am from the Philippines. I have an intellectual disability – Down syndrome.

Making an impact

Making an impact

All of us can contribute in our own ways. My name is Alok and I am a 34-year-old from Bangladesh who has spent the last 12 years working with people with intellectual disabilities.

We are not so different

We are not so different

We all have hopes, fears, and dreams. Do you remember the tragic incident in July 2016, when a young man in Japan killed 19 and injured 25 people with intellectual disabilities at a care facility?