A Voice of Our Own

Issue 6, July - Sept 2014

Dear Friends & Supporters 

Greetings from Disabled People's Association!

What's New

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

Joint Flag Day – Little Actions, Big Differences

On Saturday 6 September 2014, Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore), MDAS and DPA will jointly run a fund raising event. 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 amongst 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. 

For people with disabilities, the transport to and from the Flag Day event will be covered by DPA and MDAS. 

All proceeds raised from the street collection will be shared equally between MDAS & DPA.

The top 7 flag sellers will be awarded $100 worth of Downtown East voucher each. 

If you are interested please e-mail with the information below to events@dpa.org.sg:  

Name:  

NRIC:  

Email:  

Mobile Number: 

Preferred shift (you can choose more than 1 option): 

□ Shift 1: 10am – 2pm 

□ Shift 2:  1pm – 6pm 

□ Shift 3:  3pm – 7pm 

Preferred location:

North: Yishun / Woodlands / Marsiling / Sembawang / Kranji South  Clarke Quay / Chinatown / Telok Ayer / Marina Square / Bugis / Harbour Front

Central: Novena / Toa Payoh / Bishan / Ang Mo Kio / Thomson / Orchard / Dhoby Ghaut

East: Tampines / Marine Parade / Paya Lebar / Kallang / Serangoon / Hougang / Farrer Park

West: Choa Chu Kang / Boon Lay / Clementi / Holland Village / Queenstown / Redhill

Any location - no preference

If you have any queries, you can email events@dpa.org.sg or call us at 6791 1134 and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

We look forward to your support.

Advocacy Initiatives

Inclusion Cultivation

Inclusion Cultivation – a training course for Diversity and Inclusion Trainers, made its debut on 29 and 30 May 2014.  This course was designed and delivered by DPA’s Diversity and Inclusion Consultant with the aim to empower local trainers in Singapore to develop training or workshop based on their personal knowledge and experience to promote diversity and inclusion at work, in education and in society.

The learning outcomes of the course were:

•         Better understanding of the purpose of diversity and inclusion training

•         Better knowledge of techniques in delivering diversity and inclusion training

•         More confidence in promoting diversity and inclusion

•         More confidence in engaging with a wide-ranging audience  (more…)

Events

DPA Member Outing - River Safari

On the 7th June Disabled People’s Association (DPA) went to the River Safari to enjoy the park as well as give feedback on how the experience was for visitors with disabilities. The management of the River Safari had contacted DPA to ask its members to come to the park and let them know how they can improve their facilities and services for those with disabilities. A group of DPA members with mobility, hearing and visual impairments as well as two DPA members of staff were treated to a guided tour of the River Safari and a meal together. Afterwards DPA conducted a feedback session. DPA will write up the responses for the River Safari and share the findings on the blog in the near future. 

To see more photos, please go to the album on DPA’s Facebook page. Many thanks to the River Safari for the invite!

Enabled! The Power of Music for Healing, Joy and Inclusiveness

On 18 July 2014, 7.30pm – 9.30pm Disabled People’s Association attended the Enabled! The Power of Music for Healing, Joy and Inclusiveness at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

After a welcome Speech by Ms Michelle Lee, Founder and Director at I’m Soul Inc and the organising company behind the event, there was a musical performance by Ms Vanessa Fernandez and Ms Lim Lee with her guide dog Nice. The piece was written specially for the event by Phil Heeley. After that DPA member, Ms Lily Goh, song-signed along to ‘Let it go’ from the movie ‘Frozen’.

During the break in performances DPA staff member, Ms Halipa Ahmad, and other members of the audience got a chance to try out the music box being used by Soul Inc as part of their music therapy as well as a number of other musical instruments being used at the celebration. (more…)

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