SHE may require a walker to move around, but Sashi Lata, 42, is a completely independent woman.
Speaking to The Fiji Times under the Include Disability Employ this Ability (IDEA) heroes program, the quality-checker at United Apparel Fiji Ltd is an example that disability is a hindrance rather than a barrier to success.
Born with weak knee joints, she attended Hilton Special School.
"Mr Hilton always encouraged me. He said that if I moved on, I would see my life carrying on. But if I sat back, I wouldn't be able to do anything," she said.
"I was asked if I could do the job and I said 'yes, give me a chance and I will show you'," she said of her interview by United Apparel Ltd.
Twenty three years on, she is grateful for the opportunity. She said she sometimes felt discriminated in public places.
"People will look at me and my walker, and say 'what is she doing here, what can she do?' It hurts me sometimes but I turn around and ask 'how would you feel (if you were) in my shoes?'"
She said often, persons with disabilities could do jobs better than able-bodied people.