In a world where differences are often met with doubt or scepticism, 21-year-old Vanette Lim stands tall as a shining example of the extraordinary potential that individuals with intellectual disabilities possess. After her diagnosis with a mild intellectual disability at a young age, Vanette’s journey has been marked with resilience and determination.
Ever since clinching gold and a new personal best at the recently concluded Special Olympics in Berlin, Vanette has shattered misconceptions of people with disabilities and emerged as a true inspiration. However, the APSN Delta Senior School student who works part-time at Ben & Jerry’s says the road to this point was not an easy one, with many challenges and setbacks. She credits her mum’s unwavering support for keeping her motivated.
“My mum has been my pillar of strength, always believing in my abilities and encouraging me to reach for my dreams,” says Vanette, who was diagnosed with a mild intellectual disability when she was four years old. “She has stood by my side and given me so much love and support. Her belief in me has given me the confidence to overcome obstacles and pursue my passions.”
“Helping Vanette navigate her disability has taught me countless lessons about love, resilience and the power of acceptance,” says Tay Khar Yen, 48, mother of Vanette. “I have discovered strengths within myself that I didn’t know I had, such as patience, determination and belief in her potential.”
The admin and HR executive adds, “Through Vanette’s journey, I have learned to celebrate every milestone, no matter how small, and appreciate the unique abilities and qualities that make her who she is.”
Here, the mother-daughter duo shares their experiences navigating Vanette’s intellectual disabilities, overcoming misconceptions, and the life lessons picked up along the way.