Yet, my strength is my conviction.
So I turned away and built my own.
Disability and Inclusion planning for the Maidenhead Nicholson Centre.
"Let go of letting go.”" - Maleeka
"You cannot limit meaning with meaning.” - Maleeka
Extensive work on her blog www.maleekaabbas.com to promote awareness around being a visually impaired teen. Taken part in documentaries, public speaking events, newspaper and magazine articles in UK. Recently won competition to represent London zoo out of 5000 applicants for David Attenborough premier. At first her application was rejected due to being under 16 however she managed to get selected after explaining her reasons why they were missing out on a young market and how it would be positive move for her to be considered. She was one of 2 to win the competition in the end. She has been actively involved in redevelopment of local town centre to help make accessible to people with physical challenges. Been interviewed on BBc Radio to share her experiences and work recognised
She is really intelligent and very positive about everything
Maleeka is an amazing teenager and an inspiration to us all.
Seriously? A bright blooming young woman trying to change attitudes of society by following her dreams, hobbies and passions is no doubt commendable. Well done Maleeka. Keep striving
Maleeka\'s character is inspiring and her outlook on life is a breath of fresh air in the increasingly negative environment us normal people live in
I believe Maleeka will make a difference in the world. She is outspoken and is able to think \'outside the box Her creativity, ingenuity and ability to verbalize her thought will make her an ideal ambassador. I have the feeling that this will just be the start of her contribution to our society.
Maleeka has been an inspiration and had a huge impact through her participation in our Nicholsons Community Planning process to redevelop a key part of Maidenhead town centre as a young person and as a visually impaired person. She has participated in workshops presenting back hers and her groups ideas and the needs of young and visually impaired people. She has also taken our design team through the experiences of people with various levels of visual impairment. She is tireless, confident and driven and is an important force in changing peopleâ€™s perception of disability and ensuring the built environment is designed for full accessibility. As a partially sighted from birth person myself who doesn\'t consider myself as disabled, rather I am differently abled, I salute Maleekaâ€™s work and energy and fully endorse her nomination - what an amazing young person she is
She\\\'s an inspiration!
I am very impressed with Maleekaâ€™s wisdom for such a young girl. She very well deserves to be The Impact Award Winner! Not only for herself but for others who have similar challenges in their lives. God has truly blessed her with a gift and the world needs to know it.
Maleeka is an inspiration!
She is extraordinary.
I know Maleekaâ€™s bravery and passion was fostered by her mother, whom Iâ€™ve known for years. Iâ€™ve watched Maleeka blossom from a shy little girl into a force for good. Sheâ€™s a great role model for kids and adults alike.
She has a strong personality,she can change the world
Id like to nominate and vote for MALIKA! As a partially sighted mother of a beautiful partially sighted six year old I have a semblance of Malikas challenges but wow has she risen above and beyond that! She speaks with her mind and her heart and how she has gone after harnessing her talent is such an inspiration to young people and adults alike. When you hear her you realize that if you really are passionate about something you will find a way to do it... and if youâ€™re anything like this young woman youâ€™ll probably be thebest at it
Maleeka is an amazing role model, and an original too.
Sheâ€™s a true inspiration for other children with her condition. We love watching her updates and wish her all the best in life and her endeavours. Well done for all you have achieved Maleeka! Love & Prayers, Zehra & Ali
She is a roll model for us
Such a positive person and inspiration.
Maleeka is a very cool and a great friend to have.
I have followed her story for at least 6 years and I think she is amazing... To see her strength and courage to confront challenges is incredible. I love that she has a separate platform where she can share with others that may also have a challenge...Also love how she \'reframes\' the situation and tackles it...
Maleeka is an excellent spokesperson for VIPs (visually impaired persons)and rather than let her impairment hold her back she has instead shown leadership, creativity and initiative far beyond her age. She uses her voice to advocate for those who do not often speak up for themselves. She will certainly go far.
Excellent work with positive dedication!!
Very happy to vote for Maleeka she is an excellent role for everyone.
Maleeka is an inspiring and groundbreaking young lady
She is a fantastic role model and spokes person with great ideas
Vision is an immense privildge and not appreciated by the majority of us.Maleeka is a lesson for us all on how we percieve disadvantaged members of our sad selfish society. For me as a so called healthy adult she is an inspiration.Therefore surely to all others in simular circumtances to herself she will touch them, reach out,inspire them and to others like myself feel humble. At this present time in the history of mankind when Nature is reminding us we are not in control of our destany. Many people will draw energy from Mallka
I have looked at the work she has been doing for the people who are facing difficulties and she is a real motivator to all the young children who otherwise would have face difficult times. I am happy to see that got recognition from so many sources including Ex-PM Theresa May. I would like to nominate her for the award.
Inspiring spirit and realisation of own gifts and capacity for creative change and commitment to help make others\' to equally realise theirs.
Maleeka wants to change the world for the better and stop people calling others disabled instead they are VIP's
I think that she should definitely be nominated! ~Erin Delaney :)
She is a very inspiring and a great role model for all those with special needs, that our visually impaired or want to just aspire to something in life. She is a good friend and has come so far and has not let anything get in her way. Well done
Wonderful example of and for humanity -for showing that any and all challenges are surmountable
Such a great role model for young children to really explore and make a difference in the world. Demonstrates that with passion and determination, there truly is not any challenge we can overcome.knows and gets excited about it.
Maleeka seems like a very inspirational person for teenagers. She has not let her sight get the better of her. I wish her all the best.
Maleeka is a great role model to society and deserves this award as she has showed how unique people can also be treated as normal in society even if they are different to others. Maleeka has created awareness and gained confidence within her peer group. I she hope continues to be this role model creating the awareness needed!
For her positive attiutde, along with her determination.
Such an inspirational young lady! Such confidence in herself which is amazing! She\'s breaking free of the social barriers that typically surround her and any other vulnerable person. Just love it!
Amazing and motivational person. Maleeka has so many positive qualities.. This nomination is well deserved.
She definitely deserves this award
Truly inspirational figure, we should all strive to be more like you
Maleeka has achieved so much in a very short time. She has refused to accept society\'s labelling of \'disabled\' and has shown that we don\'t have any barriers (unless we create them ourselves) Maleeka is an inspiration and a role model not just to those who face challenges but to all young people who face any kind of difficulty. Well done Maleeka.
Positive role model for others in her situation.
Maleeka has always been so positive from such a young age but to see how much she has grown and showing just how determined and amazing she is, it's inspiring!
Maleeka is a bright, beautiful, already accomplished, gracefully popular and caring person. Her visual impairment does not affect her ability to desire an interest in what the world has to offer and make it better for not only people in her condition but for all people. She has the potential to outshine others without her condition in many fields of interest. Her will to forge forward with her core values and bring those who need her drive with her are unmatched. She will continue to succeed and lead a normal life because of her innate ability to see the beauty in others and the willingness to make changes in the world.
Maleeka is such a lovely person and she is just so optimistic and a down to earth person. She really deserves this as shes worked so hard during her time on this earth and should be celebrated for it.
I vote for Maleeka Abbas she is a inspiring for young kids everywhere and has over come the odds shes deserves to win it!
This young lady, with the help of her mother, has overcome tremendous adversity, shown incredible determination, enthusiasm and been inspiration to many people young and old. She deserves our admiration, and is highly qualified for this award!
Because she is a wonderful person doing amazing things and I've known her since she was little, she came on a children's production I was working on called Pip & Friends and did a very important show about visual impairment and her challenges and I know it helped lots of people as it was broadcasted around the world. She's a trooper and I think she's super :)
Maleeka is a fantastic young lady, with spirit, drive and courage. Maleeka is using her physical challenge for the good of the world and others and for that she deserves to win
Maleeka is an extraordinary human being with a heart of gold, but don\'t be fooled, her heart is also courageous, brave and tenacious, meaning she is willing to take on any challenge. My experience of Maleeka has been seeing her tackle sport and physical activity (the organisation where I\'m based specialises in this), meaning I have seen up close her impecible attitude and resilience in action. In particular, we have worked closely with her as she learnt Archery last year, and showed a taste for a challenge by completing a beginners course at the club. There is no doubt that whatever Maleeka puts her mind to in the future, the outcome will be golden, and for that reason, she has my vote.
I've been virtually impaired since I was 25 & it took some litttle while before I could respond to my sight loss. I've met Maleeka, read her work & I think her energy & verve is inspiring. I have met numerous other VI young people & many of them need a dose of Maleeka energy & optimism
I met Maleeka at a Community Planning Weekend I was involved in with JTP (architects) last year (2019). She turned up at the participatory, co-design event for the Nicholson Shopping Centre in Maidenhead, and made a memorable impact on us all. I was personally very impressed with her maturity, her resilience, the way she was keen to participate in the public event and be honest and open about her condition. She articulated so clearly the problems a visually impaired person experiences as they walk around a town. This first hand knowledge is extremely useful for urban designers and Maleeka had the intelligence and confidence to explain it to the team. It was difficult to believe she was only 13. We have kept in touch, through WhatsApp conversations with her mother, and I have always been interested to hear what she is doing. I continue to be impressed by her initiatives, how she seems to ignore the inconvenience of her visual impairment and live a normal life, being creative, thinking of new ideas, books she could write, challenges she is determined to overcome. I have enjoyed looking at her videos and her website Meeks Speeks is truly inspirational. I am nominating
Maleeka because she is already a role model for other people who may be equally challenged in life (through visual impairment or other issues), and the more people who get to know about her, and her experience, the better. Winning this award would provide the opportunity for more people to benefit from Maleeka\'s positive attitude to life, to be inspired by her ideas, to learn from what she has learned, to try out what she has tried out, to conquer the challenges that can intimidate us all. And live a fulfilling life, despite the potential pitfalls of \'being different\'.
Her personality leaps off the page. She's bubbly, entertaining but , more importantly , totally bereft of self pity, she smashes the stereotype of visual impairment.,. She almost makes being a VIP something positive; a springboard for all she can do to motivate, inspire and be a force for good..ironically she has the ability to light up the room through her writing, talks and deeds. She most definitely has my vote .
Maleeka had worked very hard to get where she is.She is kind considerate and an amazing role model for others.
Maleeka is an exceptional young woman with vast creative energy and a personal mission to encourage others with physical challenges to dare to speak out and share their genius in an unsympathetic world. She visited our project to restore Alexander Pope\'s Grotto and to make the poet known to a wider audiences. Her unique take on him and her understanding of the challenges he overcame will be an inspiration to a wholly new and younger audience.
A strong young lady who has faced difficulties but continues to move forward while advocating for others, while highlighting important issues for those with visual impairments
A very motivated and intelligent young person who has overcome obstacles (and continues to do so) - showing the world that all are equal
Her work and effort is incredibly important. She is really outstanding and brilliant girl and also she is a role model for all other people especially who are in special needs.
She is a wonderful person who has done a lot for the visually impaired community. Her contribution to create awareness is helping the community to understand more about blind and partially sighted people.
Maleeka is a young girl who despite her challenges in life has the drive and tenacity to achieve things she is passionate about and for caring about others. Maleeka is a positively inspiring girl who deserves to win to add to her achievements they she had already accomplished in her life. Good luck Maleeka from the Stannard family
I nominate Maleeka Abbas because she is an extremely intelligent, talented and hard working young individual. Despite being partially visually impaired, she has faced her challenges and obstacles of life with bravery and patience. She continued to work hard and achieve her goals and proved that nothing can stop anybody from puruing their dreams. She is a great role model and her story is an inspiration for everyone.
I met Maleeka last year and I was blown away by her kindness and sweet personality. She is so mature and wise for her young years
Because she is an inspiration!
I had the pleasure of working with Maleeka - she has a very Inquisitive mind, striving to make the world a better place.
For her positivity
Maleeka had worked very hard to get where she is.She is kind considerate and an amazing role model for others.
This girl lets nothing stop her , she's gonna put the world to writes and help make it a better place :)
Fantastic positivity and inspiring for all!
We need more youngsters like Maleeka. She has a real strength of spirit and is inspirational to all!!
Maleeka is an inspiration
A lovely and bubbly person and a very good sense of humour