Sat, 27 Jul 24 Talk

My Name is Alyssa, I have Down Syndrome: BIPL Month of Inclusivity


   Bishan Public Library - Level 2, Programme Zone

   10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

   Free Admission

Do we know what a child with Down Syndrome is like? Get to know Alyssa and her friends for the person that they are beyond their disability.

About the event:
This July, Bishan Library presents our “Month of Inclusivity”, a diverse and engaging series of activities and programmes dedicated to fostering understanding and support for the special needs community and their families.

Picture books can be a gateway to adventure as well as the lens to another’s life. As part of Bishan Library’s Month of Inclusivity, join us for this special book sharing by author Mdm Ilyana Ali and her daughter, Alyssa, as they bring their audience on Alyssa’s journey full of ups and downs through her bilingual book, “My Name is Alyssa. I have Down Syndrome.” 

Explore the art of presenting the topic of special needs in a way that resonates with young readers, and gain insights into how writers can make such important themes accessible to children. The charming tale also comes to life in a special bilingual storytelling session. Listen as the titular Alyssa shares her story in English, while Mdm Ilyana conveys her daughter’s words in Malay. This unique session promises to be a heartwarming and enlightening experience for all, as we celebrate the power of storytelling and inclusivity.

About the authors:
Alyssa is a happy 14-year-old girl with Down Syndrome. She enjoys playing, reading and dancing and is an active child. She takes a while to warm up to new people she meets. But if you know how to tickle her funny bone, you will click with her instantly. 
Nur Ilyana Bte Mohd Ali is a mother of four. Her third child, Alyssa, has Down Syndrome. Ilyana’s interests include reading, writing, poetry, cooking and teaching. She is a passionate advocate for children with special needs, with Down’s Syndrome being her main focus and hopes to raise awareness and do more for the Down’s Syndrome community.


Bishan Public Library - Level 2, Programme Zone
5 Bishan Place #01-01, Singapore, 579841

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