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The world through the eyes of a girl with Down syndrome

Ilyana Ali (left) wrote My Name Is Alyssa. I Have Down Syndrome, from the point of view of her daughter Nur Alyssa Mohd Azli (centre). The book is part of the I Am Unique series, which includes My Name Is Mikhail. I Have Cerebral Palsy, written by Hi
Ilyana Ali (right) wrote My Name Is Alyssa. I Have Down Syndrome, from the point of view of her daughter Nur Alyssa Mohd Azli (centre). The book is part of the I Am Unique series, which includes My Name Is Mikhail. I Have Cerebral Palsy, written by Hidayah Amin (left), also the publisher of the series.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Nur Alyssa Mohd Azli is a happy 11-year-old who enjoys dancing to songs by K-pop groups from Blackpink to BTS. The loving girl is generous with uplifting words too.

Her mum Ilyana Ali recalls with a laugh: "I had just bathed and got dressed in the morning. Alyssa looked at me and said, 'Mummy, you look pretty today.'

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 22, 2021, with the headline 'The world through the eyes of a girl with Down syndrome '. Subscribe