“I found hugging the most overwhelming but I wanted to do that the most”
Shifa' opens up on the challenges she encountered as a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder and how, over time, she learnt to manage awkward social situations. Her hope is to use her love for poetry to create and animate stories that will move people.
“I make the best of any situation… I just want to be treated normally…”
Alex Lim Qi Mao
Born with Spina Bifida, Alex tires easily when he walks great distances. But ever the determined person, he went even to places that required extended walking while on study tours as an ITE student. Into his 2nd year at NAFA pursuing a diploma in advertising, Alex also represents Singapore as a para-shooter.
"I tried not to take revenge, I just ignored them even if they keep returning over and over again..."
Nico Tay Kim Seng
School mates did not understand Nico's Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) condition and he became the victim of bullies, making it difficult for him to cope in school. Fortunately, there were caring and compassionate teachers and they left a lasting impression on him.
Although she was born with a rare condition called Nager syndrome that resulted in an underdeveloped face, hands and arms, 21-year-old Isabelle Lim never gave up. Through sign language, she effectively portrays her overflowing passion and talent for photography.
Diagnosed with rickets, a brain tumour and dyslexia from a young age, Jeremiah never lost faith in achieving his dreams. In fact, the feisty 20-year-old plays in Singapore's Cerebral Palsy football team which won 3rd place in the 8th ASEAN Para Games in December 2015.
"Dare to Dream" is a humble initiative to assist special needs persons to develop their capabilities so that they can pursue their areas of interest and gain meaningful employment using the skills they acquire.