A Voice of Our Own

Issue 5, Apr - June 2014

Dear Friends & Supporters 

Greetings from Disabled People's Association!

What's New

DPA's Hiring

Disabled People’s Association (DPA) is looking to hire full-time Advocacy staff:

Advocacy Executive to work on policy initiatives to benefit persons with disabilities in Singapore.

  • Excellent command of the English language
  • Research and writing skills
  • Awareness of the social service sector
  • Degree holder in a relevant field is preferred

Advocacy Consultant to conduct information talks and workshops on disability awareness and to conduct research on disability policies in Singapore.

  • At least 3-5 years’ experience in the social service sector, particularly with disability issues
  • Experience in conducting workshops and trainings on disability AND/OR Diversity and Inclusion
  • Excellent command of the English language
  • Research and writing skills
  • Degree holder in a relevant field is preferred

Persons interested in these positions should e-mail their CV, covering letter and expected salary to admin@dpa.org.sg by 9 May 2014.

Video Project on Employment Issues Faced by Persons With Disabilities 

A team of filmmakers, David and Wen Shan, have kindly volunteered to help DPA do a video on employment issues faced by persons with disabilities. (Please see the short bio of the filmmakers below.) 

This will be very useful for DPA's publicity campaign and advocacy efforts. So we need your help to grant them a short interview - we need some 'soundbite' quotes from you about your experiences in finding jobs, handling interviews, and problems/solutions in the workplace and with colleagues. 

About the video interview

The video interview will be short (an hour or less), and only part of the footage will be used. This means we won't have anyone being showed talking continuously for 10 to 15 minutes. It will be more in the form of short snippets to each question from various interviewees so that viewers get to understand the employment challenges and issues faced by the disabled. 

We will announce the filming venue, dates, accommodation needed and other details later. These will be done at your convenience and preferred venue.  

Do also note that after the first video cut is made, all interviewees will be able to vet and approve (or reject) the footage to be used. We will only include your footage in the video with your permission. 

Question list

The question list is as follows. Note the interviewer may ask other related questions.  

1. What is the most common reaction you get when you apply for a job? What about when you are called up for an interview? 

2. What jobs have you applied for? What made you apply for these jobs? 

3. How would you like your employer/co-worker to work with you? What kind of accommodations/adjustments do you need/are you getting now? Is it enough? 

4. What is the biggest challenge about getting a job? 

More about the filmmakers

David and Wen Shan have written scripts and produced videos since 2008, ranging from event and corporate videos to short films. Most of their joint works are projects of personal interest, and these have been screened at The Substation's Reel Revolution and the National Library Singapore. They've also won Best Film and Audience Choice at the inaugural and second 48hr Film Project in Singapore respectively. 

David is currently a news videographer with The Straits Times. He has also worked as a sound designer for 10 years. Wen Shan is a freelance copyeditor and public relations consultant.   

You can see their works at: 

Video: http://vimeo.com/15032231

Writeup: http://www.substation.org/first-take-september-2010/ 
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erqwzB9yFX4 

Writeup: https://www.48hourfilm.com/en/singapore/2008.php 
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEaUcb95YLE

Coming Up

Inclusion Cultivation (Training for trainers workshop)

Following on our success with Inclusion Fundamentals, which is a workshop to encourage participants to introduce diversity and inclusion policies and practices at their organisation, we are pleased to inform you that we have designed a new course, Inclusion Cultivation – a two-day course designed for Diversity & Inclusion trainers, to help you to design and deliver diversity and inclusion training at your organisation. 

At Inclusion Cultivation, you will learn the techniques in designing and conducting a programme of activities based on your personal experience and knowledge.  You will also learn the approaches you can adopt in your promotional strategy.  Moreover, you will acquire the confidence to lead discussions on fairness and equality. (more…)

Joint Flag Day – Little Actions, Big Differences

 The upcoming Flag Day on Saturday 6 September 2014, is a fund raising event jointly organised by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore), MDAS and Disabled People Association, DPA. Through the event, we hope to achieve the following objectives:

  • Raise awareness about the work of MDAS & DPA and reach out to support people with disabilities
  • Promote disability awareness
  • Inspire the spirit of empathy and understanding among the public and volunteers for people with disabilities
  • Raise funds to cover the daily operations and programmes of the two organisations

We would therefore like you to join the cause and sign up as a volunteer.  (more…)

Advocacy Initiatives

Inclusion Fundamentals (Get-together) 

 The Inclusion Fundamentals workshops (Development of an inclusion service) were nicely concluded with a get-together for the participants held on Thursday 24 April 2014.  Inclusion Fundamentals is designed for corporate, voluntary welfare and government organisations that are looking to make their workplace, programmes and services more inclusive.  

We are delighted with the positive results.  Since its launch in May 2013, 6 sessions were held with 44 participants from 24 organisations participated in this workshop.  The comments from the participants are encouraging.  For the full evaluation report, please click here.  Below are examples of the participants’ comments:  

“The session exposed me to various issues that disabled people in Singapore experience.  It has allowed me to expand my scope of thinking and consider putting myself in the shoes of the disabled.” 

“Best workshop I’ve ever attended” (more…)

Announcements

Scholarship deadline extended 

Due to overwhelming responses, the application deadlines for the Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship and the APB Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities have both been extended to 20 May. 

If you are keen or know anyone who may be eligible for the scholarships, please contact Ms Megawati Othman at 6579 0758 or email scholarship@spd.org.sg. 

For more info on the scholarship, log on to:

Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship: www.iacentre.org.sg/scholarship

APB Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities: http://www.spd.org.sg/files/APBF-info.html

Update on Transport Concession Scheme

If you are automatically eligible for the Public Transport Concession, you will receive an application package from Land Transport Authority from April 2014 which will include the following documents.
 
1. Notification Letter
 This letter is to inform you that you can apply online or through the enclosed application form when application for Public Transport Concession commences on 6 April 2014. The letter can be used to claim the $80 interim financial assistance. 

You can claim the $80 interim financial assistance via the following options. (Please refer to page 4 of the attached brochure for more information.)  (more…)

Updates from MSF

MSF has released two important updates:

1.  Improved financial assistance for Early Intervention Services and Transport for Persons with Disabilities 

For details of the enhanced financial support, please go to: http://app.msf.gov.sg/PressRoom/MoreSupportforPWDs.aspx 

2. Enabling Masterplan Progress Report

The Enabling Masterplan 2012-2016 is a five-year roadmap to provide better support for persons with disabilities throughout their life stages. 

You can download it at this link (at Annex C): http://app.msf.gov.sg/PressRoom/MoreSupportforPWDs.aspx

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