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Grasping through the dark

KUALA LUMPUR: Intense darkness, not even a tinge of light to act as a guide, only bare hands to sweep the inky, sorrowful air as a means of finding a way.

This darkness embodies the chilling reality of the struggle faced by the visually impaired with the rich imaginings of establishing awareness.

Stevens Chan Kum Fai, founded Dialogue in the Dark Malaysia (DID) in the year 2012, as a way of illuminating the conundrum of the visually impaired to the sighted community.

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On a mission to empower the blind

KUALA LUMPUR: It’s like doing a bungee jump that never stops.

That was how social worker, activist and social entrepreneur Stevens Chan described going blind at the age of 45, just five years after first being diagnosed with glaucoma.

Chan, who was once a businessman, found himself plunged into a world of darkness after losing his vision in 2007 despite undergoing nine surgeries since his 2002 diagnosis.

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Blind since 2007, ‘Dialogue in the Dark’ founder Stevens Chan brings Malaysia’s first arts festival for people with disabilities

Chan with his loyal guide dog LaShawn. ― Pictures by Miera Zulyana

PETALING JAYA, Aug 28 ― Can a blind photographer capture the perfect shot? How does a visually impaired chef whip up a meal in the kitchen?

Some of the most interesting personalities with physical challenges will make their way to Kuala Lumpur next month for Art Includes 2019, an arts festival for persons with disabilities (PWDs).

They include blind MasterChef US winner Christine Ha, hearing-impaired Singaporean piano virtuoso Azariah Tan, veteran Malaysian radio presenter and actor Patrick Teoh, autistic teen painter Wan Jamila Wan Shaiful Bahri from Shah Alam, visually impaired photographer Jamaliah Mohd Yasin and Sabahan singer-songwriter Rozella.

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