Director Ms. Trina Tan Li Lian

Lecturer, Republic Polytechnic

I had a neighbourhood friend who was blind.
Due to his vision impairment, he was very much ‘hidden’ from us. Blindness to me seemed like a contagious disease. We were reacquainted when he entered university and I was roped in as a volunteer to read textbooks into a software that translated the materials into Braille for him. The greatest gift I had received from him was how we had integrated both our worlds to become a more inclusive ‘his and my world’/ Volunteering with GDS is a wonderful possibility for me to continue to build and develop the ‘this AND that’, so that more opportunities can be created for a world that is more inclusive in ints diversity.