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Limited accessibility keeps them going

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 3 2011   /  08:04 am

Just like other urban women of her age, Dian Inggrawati Soebangil, 27, sometimes takes late night transportation to her home in Tanah Abang. She also loves to dance and designs clothes.

What differentiates Dian from other women is that she is hearing impaired.

“My parents raised me just like any other child. I went to public schools and university. I took part in competitions in dance, drawing and fashion,” Dian said during a discussion to raise public awareness of people with disabilities held by Rotary Jakarta Batavia on Sunday.

Dian’s mother, Ratih Hermawan, said that while at first she was shocked to learn about her daughter’s hearing disability, she later saw that Dian was a quick learner.

“I never saw her as impaired because she excels in other fields,” Ratih said.

Dian has won around 400 trophies from the competitions in which she too...