Today we had a lecturer who is visually-impaired. It was very painful to hear that he was not born blind. He had his sight until he was 17years old and lost it due to a ruby game. It must have been devastating for a young active man to lose his sight. From a world of colours and beauty, it became a world of darkness. Today, Mr Chandran is 81 years old and he has indeed accomplished much.
He completed his studies at the London School of Economics, and later on, to earn a Fulbright Scholarship to do a double Masters at New York State University. He was the founder chairperson of Disabled Peoples' International, and also for its Singapore Chapter, the Disabled Peoples' Association. He was also actively involved with the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped, Singapore Anti Narcotics Association, with social work and counselling. Much like Mr Nick Vujicic, born with no limbs but he has gone one to influence so many people all around the world. Nothing can stop us if we have purposed in our hearts to do what we have set out to do.
They may be handicapped but they are not disabled. Many around us are not handicapped but they are disabled.