About the speaker:
Helen Keller once said “It has been said that life has treated me harshly; and sometimes I have complained in my heart because many pleasures of human experience have been withheld from me…if much has been denied me, much, very much, has been given me…” Mano realised at 44 how true her words are. That’s when he became paralyzed from the chest down due to Transverse Myelitis (TM). A disease so rare that 5 in a million get it, say the specialists. So, he must have been super fortunate. Yes, in some ways he was. Truth be told, He is the ideal person to get this disease. Why? By 44, he had experienced many milestones in life. Strong beliefs in the Creator. Played his favourite game, soccer, for about 30 years. Ran 2 full marathons with the best time of 3 hours 15 minutes 16 seconds. Did voluntary work for more than 10 years. Married at 26 to a woman whose value I did not fully appreciate till the onslaught of TM. Had a beautiful daughter at 33. Great career in sales followed by over 15 years in teaching. Close ties with extended family members. Cultivated long term, meaningful relationships with many locally and abroad. Had a great support mechanism. Without the above, he could not have coped with TM all these years.
~ Empathy Empowering Innovation ~ Synopsis: This session will assist audience to understand that empathy impacts those with disability and those without. Empathy felt by people without disability for those with could bring about innovation and changes to make life easier for those with disabilities. Conversely, empathy felt by people with disability for those […]