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Special walking tour introduces children with disabilities to public transportation

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, July 24, 2019   /  10:11 am
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Participants of the walking tour pose for a picture outside the Bundaran HI MRT Station in Central Jakarta on Sunday.(JP/A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil)

Clad in traditional Betawi dress with a small hijab, Kamila Aprilia performed a traditional Betawi dance in front of dozens of children, mostly in strollers and wheelchairs accompanied by their parents. The 8-year-old danced with a wide smile as she moved to the song along with a boy who also donned Betawi attire. Despite her confidence showing through, it was apparent that she was distracted by the swarm of people with mobile phones taking pictures and videos of her. Participants of the walking tour pose for a picture outside the Bundaran HI MRT Station in Central Jakarta on Sunday. (JP/A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil) “She can dance well, but sometimes she can be easily distracted in large crowds,” Kamila’s mother Tuti Alawiyah, 44, said. For her to perform in public was something special. She was no ordinary child as she was diagnosed with Down Syndrome when she was 8 ...