25 Dec '11, 9pm

Time to fully integrate disabled students in mainstream schools: VWOs

SINGAPORE - Noor Iskandaria Mohd Dena, 16, who was born with cerebral palsy and gets around on a wheelchair, has a quiet determination about him. Speaking to this reporter last week, the soft-spoken Changkat Changi Secondary School student shared how he has never allowed his physical challenges to stop him from doing the things he wants to do. Two years ago, with the help of volunteers from the Asian Women's Welfare Association (AWWA), Iskandaria scaled Mount Ophir in Malaysia. "It was very tiring ... but you just keep going and in the end, you did it," said Iskandaria, who also takes part in handcycling competitions. Students like Iskandaria who have physical or sensory disabilities and are studying in mainstream schools make up roughly 0.1 per cent of the cohort. And while resources and early detection with better medical intervention have kept the numbers steady, Singap...

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