Bin Abdul Jabbar
Hussain was diagnosed with polio after a high fever when he was just two years old. The disease caused Hussain to lose strength in his lower limbs and he has since been using a wheelchair to move around. Despite his condition, Hussain remained positive and didn’t let his disability stop him from being independent.
Determined to earn a living on his own, Hussain joined the workforce at a young age and was working at a factory for almost three decades, before joining SPD’s Sheltered Workshop in 2003.
At SPD, Hussain learnt the art of bookbinding. With almost 20 years of crafting experience, Hussain is currently one of the most highly skilled artisans at the SPD Artisan Collab, specialising in bookbinding and book restoration.
While working in SPD, Hussain met many people with diverse disabilities and backgrounds, and formed close camaraderie with many of them. He was also introduced to adaptive sports – sports that are modified to cater to persons with disabilities. Hussain was initially hesitant to try out these sports, but under the encouragement of his peers, he gradually picked up his first sport, swimming.
From there, he discovered his love and passion for sports, especially in swimming and basketball. He even went on to represent Singapore in wheelchair basketball at the 8th ASEAN Para Games in 2015.
Hussain has come a long way since his diagnosis. Never one to give up, his courage and determination in living his life to the fullest have led him to where he is now.
Today, Hussain is an experienced craftsman, sports lover, and a proud father of two.
Find out more about Hussain’s journey:
Watch this video of Hussain sharing candidly about his work, his love for sports as well as his thoughts on the progress of inclusion and accessibility in Singapore, in this special feature interview with MONEY FM 89.3.