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Articles by parents or for parents with special needs children

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.

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.

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.

Nominate Someone for Anugerah Ibu Kiwanis 2024

The Anugerah Ibu Kiwanis (AIK) was first organized in 2001. AIK honors mothers who are raising children with special needs and mothers with special needs from across Malaysia.  After about 10 years, Kiwanis Malaysia is bringing back this iconic event. Eight mothers will be awarded Anugerah Ibu Kiwanis 2024 at a Gala Dinner hosted in their honor on 20 April 2024 at Courtyard by Marriott, Setia Alam.

Fail Forward: A Father’s Story of Love and Resilience

Walter Carrying Zy on his back
Fail fast, fail different, fail forward.” These are the wise words from Walter Lee to all his three children because we fail more times than we succeed!  Walter is a father of 3, two boys and a girl. He wears many hats. Popularly known as Celebrity Chef Walter or Chef Kani in Thailand, CEO of Venturetech Marketing and Founder of the Zy Movement Foundation. Perhaps the most meaningful hat to him is father or being Papa. He was thrown a rather fateful curveball when his youngest, Zy was born in 2006. Zy was born with only one complete limb - his left arm.

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!