Tan Siew Ling has an uncanny ability to remember dates, reeling off with conviction days and months of events that she considers important. She reck
Despite losing her sight and hearing, she's optimistic and doesn't admit defeat

Despite losing her sight and hearing, she's optimistic and doesn't admit defeat

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Despite losing her sight and hearing, she's optimistic and doesn't admit defeat

Despite losing her sight and hearing, she's optimistic and doesn't admit defeat

Despite losing her sight and hearing, she's optimistic and doesn't admit defeat

Despite losing her sight and hearing, she's optimistic and doesn't admit defeat
Despite losing her sight and hearing, she's optimistic and doesn't admit defeat
Tan Siew Ling has an uncanny ability to remember dates, reeling off with conviction days and months of events that she considers important. She reckons it is because she is blind. Referring to books or notes to jolt the memory is not an easy option. "I cannot just pick up something and read, I need someone to read it for me and I don't have people around to help me all that often so I have to remember things," she says. The 33-year-old lost her sight when she was 11. Her life was made even more difficult when she also lost her hearing two years ago. Her optic and hearing nerves were damaged by tumours in the brain because of a genetic disorder known as Neurofibromatosis Type 2. Thankfully, she refuses to let her condition dampen her optimism, and is determined to take it on the chin. She works as an executive assistant in the CEO office at SG Enable, an agency dedicated to enabling people with disabilities. We are talking with the help of an interpreter who types on a laptop my questions which are then transmitted to a braille device that Ms Tan always carries around with her.

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