As part of her work as a staff member of TOUCH Community Services, Charlene spends her time and endless energy organising various volunteer initiatives to raise awareness and advocate for inclusivity within the Deaf community.
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The first thing you notice about Sarah is her huge grin. Ever the jovial kid, Sarah harbours a hidden interest in the arts such as singing, and colouring. Her days which are always kept busy include singing in a choir, crafting lessons, and watching movies with her friends and family.
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Just like every other 17 year old, Gareth enjoys watching the EPL, and is an avid enthusiast of the F1 Grand Prix. However, unlike every 17 year old, Gareth developed Muscular Dystrophy, a condition where one’s muscles slowly weaken. Regardless, this hasn’t stopped him from enjoying life.
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Having an intellectual disability hasn’t deterred Shah from giving his best at everything that he does, and the Shangri-La Hotel where he works certainly loves having him around. Starting off as a steward, and then progressing onto being a gardener, and now a kitchen porter, Shah has certainly been an asset to his team.
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Wanyi’s life is a lot like that of any girl her age. She’s been working at a hotel as a housekeeper for a few years now, and cites her colleagues as a reason to look forward to work.
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Roseanne is introverted, soft-spoken and does not often express her feelings, especially when meeting new people. She is most comfortable sharing more of herself with her friends. Yet, when Roseanne was 18 she saw a dance performance by a few dancers who were deaf and felt compelled to try out some dance lessons run by them.
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Ethan’s great smile jumps out at you, even bigger than the motorised wheelchair he uses. Spend a few minutes in Ethan’s company, however, and you’ll realise the chair is an extension of his personality. His school backpack casually dangles from the handles and Ethan takes glee in zipping off ahead in it, taking turns like an experienced motorist.
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Ivan has an unruffled personality and beautiful manners that are somewhat unexpected of a teenager. His flat tone of voice and big eyes that don’t quite meet yours hint at his autism spectrum disorder.
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Dickson was born visually impaired but he has never let it stop him from pursuing his dreams. As he puts it, “There are a lot of people who wear spectacles but people don’t view them differently. My disability is just a more severe case.”
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There’s more to Peng Kai than meets the eye. Because he uses a rollator, or rolling walker, people tend to be surprised when they get to know him better. He might have difficulty manoeuvring steps and kerbs, but he outpaces others when he is crunching data.
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