Three more days till the conclusion of the Peer Counselor Course. Four more days and I will be back in Malaysia again. I am counting down the days. Nevertheless, life is fun here. Living and learning with my physically disabled peers have taught me many things. Each of them is an inspiration. They may be living with severe disabilities but they are living life to the fullest. Their bodies may be constrained in many ways but that have never stopped their minds from soaring. The mind, once unshackled, sees every opportunity as possibilities. Problems have become challenges that can be overcome. Their lives will never be the same again. Mine too.
As I count the days down, I cannot but have to admit that there is a tinge of sadness that we have to part soon. I also pray that what we have learnt here will be the spark that will light up the lives of countless of severely disabled people in our own countries. We will work towards supporting them to live independently in the community. This may be a long tedious process but we are determined to work hard every step of the way to realise our dream of a barrier-free world, one that does not discriminate and one where even the most severely disabled can live independently in the community. This has been realised in the USA, Japan and a few other developed countries. Independent living for disabled people in Malaysia will be a dream come true in due time. I have committed the rest of my life into making this a reality. I had prayed hard for a direction in life and I am absolutely certain that this is it.
Blogged at APCD, Bangkok.