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Olivia Shivas is al­ready carv­ing out a name for her­self as a blog­ger.

She shares her ex­pe­ri­ences about life with mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy on the At­ti­tude web­site.

One of her first blogs de­tails her ex­pe­ri­ences vol­un­teer­ing in 2007 at a Malaysian school for dis­abled chil­dren.

She says the trip high­lighted the im­por­tant of help­ing other peo­ple.

‘‘I think of­ten peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties aren’t usu­ally thought of as peo­ple who can help oth­ers, be­cause we are usu­ally the ones get­ting helped,’’ she says.

Here is an ex­tract from her blog:

One thing I no­ticed straight­away while I was out and about was I hardly saw any­one else in a wheel­chair or with any dis­abil­ity for that matter.

When talk­ing to my Mum about it she said it was be­cause at­ti­tudes to­wards peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties are pretty neg­a­tive.

Dis­abled peo­ple weren’t dis­crim­i­nated against, but hav­ing a dis­abil­ity or a child with a dis­abil­ity was deemed to be em­bar­rass­ing.

I de­cided to chal­lenge this view by busk­ing with my vi­o­lin at the pasar malam [night mar­kets].

Go to at­ti­tude­ for more.

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