Neurodiversity – Not a Disability

By Rahida Aini, Rachel Yeoh, Sheryl Teoh

September 2022 FEATURE
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The children are exposed to general knowledge and music.
DRIVEN BY THE fear that Catherine De Padua’s Down syndrome daughter may hamper the academic progress of the Year 1 (Standard 1) class, the parents of children in the class held a petition, pressing the international school to remove the seven-year-old. The petition was rejected but the disdain towards the girl did not stop. She was bullied throughout her schooling years until Catherine finally pulled her out of the system.There is, surprisingly, still a prevailing stigma against those who are...

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Rahida Aini

works as a Publication Officer at Penang Institute. She enjoys writing and strolling along Straits Quay, appreciating the beauty of Mother Earth.

Rachel Yeoh

is a former journalist who traded her on-the-go job for a life behind the desk. For the sake of work-life balance, she participates in Penang's performing arts scene after hours.

Sheryl Teoh

holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Linfield College, a liberal arts college in the United States, and majored in History with a focus on Classical Greece and Rome. Her interests include the study of philosophy as well as a range of humanities and socio-political issues.