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Navigating Festivals for Neurodivergents: Tips for a Sensory-Friendly Experience

estive occasions are vibrant celebrations that engage the senses, from colorful decorations to the sounds of chanting and the aroma of traditional foods. However, for individuals who are neurodivergent – such as those with autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, or other neurodevelopmental conditions – attending these celebrations can present unique challenges. Navigating crowded spaces, loud noises, and unfamiliar sensory stimuli can be overwhelming. With some careful planning and consideration, individuals and families can enjoy festivals while accommodating their sensory needs.

Adakah Sambutan Hari Orang Kurang Upaya Membawa Sebarang Faedah kepada Komuniti Orang Kurang Upaya?

Setiap tahun kita meraikan beberapa hari ketidakupayaan, selalunya dengan penglibatan Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat (KPWKM), Kementerian Kesihatan (KKM) dan, kadang kala, Kementerian Pendidikan (KPM). Baru-baru ini, kita telah menyambut Hari Kesedaran Autisme Sedunia (2 April). Pada bulan Mac, kami menyambut Hari Sindrom Down Sedunia (21 Mac). Juga diraikan adalah Hari Orang Kurang Upaya Sedunia (3 Disember), Hari Palsi Serebrum Sedunia (6 Oktober), Minggu Kurang Upaya Halimunan (Invisible Disabilities Week) (17–23 Oktober) dan banyak lagi.

Symbols, Colours & Themes: World Autism Awareness & Acceptance Day 2024

All these matter as we commemorate international observances. Gone are the days when the puzzle piece represented the autistic community. Granted, back in the day, people with autism were seen as puzzles. We are quite fortunate that we live in a world where we now have autistic self-advocates telling us, they are not puzzles to be solved and how it is a spectrum and no two autistics are alike.

Words Used Matter: When to use Neurodivergent?

In discussions surrounding neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and others, two terms often arise: "neurodiversity" and "neurodivergent." While these terms are related, they carry nuanced differences in their meaning and implications. As we delve into the discourse surrounding neurodiversity and neurodivergent, it's essential to understand their usage and the significance they hold in advocating for inclusivity and acceptance.

Children Friendly Mosques in Malaysia

It's the holy month of Ramadan and many families enjoy going to mosques together. It can be challenging especially when one has a neurodivergent child. In this piece, we share a compiled list of "Children Friendly Mosques" from various sources. While it is not necessarily neurodivergent friendly specifically, it is child friendly and it is a good start.

Rare Diseases: Challenges and Solutions

Rare diseases, often referred to as orphan diseases, pose unique challenges to patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, and researchers worldwide. Despite their individual rarity, collectively, rare diseases affect a significant portion of the global population, presenting profound medical, social, and economic impacts. Understanding these conditions, their complexities, and the efforts to address them is essential for advancing medical knowledge and improving patient outcomes.

Introducing Malaysia’s First Podcast on Inclusion & Diversity: Kita Family Podcast

The world continues to move at warp speed and how we consume information or what we call "content" these days has evolved. Nevertheless, the needs of the neurodivergent community remains the same - more awareness, acceptance and understanding so everyone can co-exist in an environment that embraces everyone as the are. 5 mother's with neurodivergent children decided to move a little out of their comfort zones and create a Podcast called Kita Family!
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