Hey! My name’s Maleeka Abbas.
I’m a 16 year-old girl from the UK who just so happens to be a Visually Impaired Person! Or as I like to call it, a VIP.
I first started my blog,
(www.maleekaabbas.com) at the young age of 11.
It was initially just an outlet for my thoughts, opinions and ideas.
You see, I’ve had some very challenging and difficult experiences during my time spent in the mainstream school system.
I was misunderstood by both my peers and staff/authorities; so naturally, I decided to try and raise awareness around my physical challenges/disability through my blog work.
Over the years, I’d say I’ve really grown as a person.
So now, my blog is my personal platform.
I strive to be a young voice for teens my age as well as other VIPs. (Visually Impaired People.)
I absolutely love sharing my perspective on modern day society and I enjoy solving problems that can help change the way we live.
I strongly, wholeheartedly believe in creativity, outside-the-box thinking fighting the Status Cuo and defying societal ‘norms’/expectations.
My goal is to help others recognise their potential to achieve by providing them with a unique, unseen perspective on things.
I want to PROVE that, despite what others may tell you, or despite how cliche this may sound...
I want people to know that anything really IS possible if you believe it to be. (Trust me.)
“The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
My work/Stuff I’ve Done
Several Articles for my local newspaper (The Maidenhead Advertiser.)
A few segments for Lifestyle Magazine, SportsAble,
Bold Blind Beauty, Slough-South Bucks Observer and Berkshire Vision Magazine.
I’ve been interviewed by BBC Radio multiple times, discussing my challenges and different projects I’ve done.
Done interviews with RNIB Connect Radio discussing education; one with Lord Blunkett.
Received a congratulatory letter from former Prime Minister, Mrs Theresa May.
I've collaborated with student film makers to produce videos/mini-Documentaries to help raise awareness.
Featured on the Ability series by Ahlulbayt TV.
I made an educational video for ZLS London Zoo covering the cruelty in the Animal Product Industry.
I’ve worked with the VI charity Look UK and had the opportunity to speak at LookFest 2019.
I’ve worked with JTP (Placemaking) Architects to help renovate our local Town Centre to make it more accessible.
I was nominated for a National Diversity Award (Age Category)
I’m currently working with Microsoft on an App dedicated to the VI/Blind Community.
Well, that’s all I’ve got.
Thank you for taking the time to read about...Me!