Alages suffered from poliomyelitis which affected both his legs as a child. Due to his poliomyelitis, he was unable to stand upright or walk. He moves about on his hands and legs. Despite his deformities, he completed his studies till Form 1. Under his own initiative, he took up an English Correspondence Course and at the same time, he gave tuition classes to some normal and disabled primary school children.
In 1985, Alages was referred to YSIS by the Sri Satya Sai Baba Centre. As Alages was anxious to own a modified motorcycle in order to be more mobile, YSIS arranged for him to obtain a driving licence. YSIS together with Sri Satya Sai Baba Centre donated a modified motorcycle to Alages. YSIS also obtained a business licence for him to start a small pedalling business. In 1988, YSIS sponsored Alages to do a Diploma Course in Computer. After successfully completing the course, YSIS managed to get Alages a job at Safeskin Corporation as a production operator. He was later promoted as an accounts clerk in the same company.
He is the secretary of the Special Bikers Club and a role model to other people with disabilities. Recently, YSIS sent him to Japan for a leadership training course for people with disabilities. He was awarded the Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (PJK) by His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah in April 1999.
Swarm Singh was happily married. In 1982, he fell from a rambutan tree and suffered spinal injury. This resulted in paralysis from his waist down. He wanted to commit suicide as he felt life was not worth living. It took 7 years for the CBR team of YSIS to motivate and rehabilitate him into the society.
In 1990 when the Spinal Wheelers Club was formed, Swarm Singh became the President of the Club. Through YSIS, Swarm Singh gained confidence and courage and was the first disabled to attend a Leadership Training course for people with disabilities in Japan. In November 1992, Swarm Singh participated in a marathon relay for the disabled in Japan and won a gold medal. Since then, he continued to participate actively in sports for the disabled held locally.
He is of great encouragement to other spinally injured persons in the club. YSIS made arrangements with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to help him obtain a driving licence to ride a modified motorcycle purchased with a subsidy from the Yayasan Kebajikan Negara negotiated by YSIS.
While he was still enjoying his new lease of life, he was struck with another malady in 1998 that caused Hemiplegia resulting in loss of movement of his left hand. Despite this unforseen and unexpected affliction, he fought hard to overcome it and is the first disabled person in our organization to overcome two disabilities.
For his undying spirit and his role in motivating others with disabilities, he was awarded the Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (PJK) by His Royal Highness, Sultan of Perak in April 1999. Due to a second stroke in 2000, Swarm Singh passed away peacefully.
Muhammad Fahim is 4 years old and is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Initially he had no eye contact, suffers from attention deficit disorder, lack of playing skills, unable to hold objects and is dependant on Activities of Daily Living . After intensive therapy over a duration of 4 months, he achieved good eye contact, is able to sit still for 15 minutes, improved playing skills, good hand & eye co-ordination, attempts to make sounds, able to indicate need to go to the toilet and is able to follow simple instructions.
Ho Cheok Yoke
Ho Cheok Yoke, 75 years old suffered cervical injury after a fall. He was wheelchair bound , had poor sitting balance, no bed mobility and dependant on Activities of Daily Living. After regular occupational therapy, he was able to sit up independently, regained sitting balance, regained power in both upper & lower limbs, achieved good trunk balance, able to bend forward & backwards, able to stand independently and finally able to walk with a frame for a short distance. Ho accomplished the above after a period of 9 months.