At 16 years old, most teenagers would be thronging the malls with their friends.
Not Dr Navin Nair from LTA’s Active Mobility Enforcement (AMEF) Division. He was working on a paper to the Ministry of Transport (MOT), requesting greater accessibility for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) on public transport.
“My childhood and growing up years were not the same as everyone else,” he says. Born prematurely, after just six and a half months in the womb, Navin has cerebral palsy, a motor disorder which limits the movements of his limbs. Running, jumping and playing with friends—the usual things a child would do—were impossible for him as he moves around with either a wheelchair or rollator.
From the age of six, he found himself not at the playground, but attending courses at Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs), deep in conversation with adults a decade or two older than himself. He learned all he could from them, and became well-versed in universal design principles.