A Voice of Our Own

Issue 7, Oct - Dec 2014

Dear Friends & Supporters 

Season's greetings from Disabled People's Association!

What's New

Home-Based Care Services

The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has launched a two-year pilot scheme for people aged 16 and above with physical or intellectual disability as well as mild autism. The aim of this initiative is to help persons with disabilities remain integrated in the community and to support their caregivers. 

Under the scheme, service providers make house calls to provide therapy, personal hygiene care, housekeeping and medication reminder services. The services will be provided by the Asian Women's Welfare Association (AWWA) and the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS). And the Government will subside up to 80 per cent of the cost for needy families.

Currently, each service provider offers 30 places. Approximately half of the places under the scheme have been filled up so far. MSF said it will monitor the scheme and work with service providers to increase capacity if needed.

Interested applicants can contact SG Enable at contactus@sgenable.sg.

For more information about the scheme, please click here.

More Wheelchair-Accessible Bus Services

On 3 December 2014, SBS Transit rolled out six new wheelchair-accessible bus services to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The six services are service number 9, 91, 103, 115, CT8 and CT18. 

For more information about wheelchair-accessible bus services, please click here.

Coming Up

 DPA Outing to S.E.A. Aquarium

The Disabled People’s Association (DPA) is organising an outing to S.E.A. Aquarium on Friday, 23 January 2015 from 2pm to 5:30pm. DPA members and volunteers are invited to discover the life in the ocean at the world’s largest aquarium. After enjoying the marine world, DPA will conduct an informal feedback session on the members’ experience at S.E.A. Aquarium.

The trip will be free of charge. For those who need specialised transport to get to S.E.A. Aquarium, DPA will help with the expenses. Light refreshments will also be provided.

The places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For those interested, please e-mail info@dpa.org.sg or call us at 6791 1134 by Friday 19th December 2014.

Free Aromatherapy Class

DPA is pleased to announce that it will be holding a class on aromatherapy on Saturday 20th December 2014 at DPA’s office. The class will demonstrate the use of therapeutic-grade essential oils to enhance the balance of one’s body and mind. The class will take two hours, from 1pm to 3pm.

The class is free of charge for DPA members and volunteers.

The class will be run by a social enterprise SOHO Nature, which was set up to empower individuals with the ability to run their own home based businesses, and to assist marginalised communities in society to be able to have better lives. Soho Nature work with stay at home parents, caregivers, retirees and individuals with physical or intellectual challenges.

For those interested, please contact DPA at info@dpa.org.sg or call us at 67911134.

Events

Soap-Making Demonstration Class

On 1st November 2014, Disabled People’s Association (DPA) held a soap-making demonstration class at DPA’s office from 10am to 12pm. A total of 23 people participated in this event, including members, volunteers and staff. The class was run by a social enterprise called SOHO Nature, which was set up to empower individuals with the ability to run their own home based businesses, and to assist marginalised communities in society to be able to have better lives.

During the class, two SOHO Nature trainers, Keith Ong and Ken Ong, gave participants an introduction to handmade soaps, the ingredients needed to make the soap and taught participants the techniques of making handmade soaps. Everyone was invited to try a hand at making soaps and some of the participants even brought home their own handmade soaps for free. The class then ended with a Q&A session. After the class, the participants enjoyed a light lunch and mingling session.

The success of the soap-making demonstration class encouraged SOHO Nature to offer another class on aromatherapy for free for DPA members, staff and volunteers.

The Purple Parade 2014

On 15 November 2014, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) participated in a movement that supports inclusion and celebrates the abilities of persons with disabilities. The Purple Parade was organised by Autism Association Singapore, Autism Resource Centre (Singapore), Central Singapore CDC, National Council of Social Service, SG Enable, Very Special Arts, and managed by Adrenalin. The event was held at Hong Lim Park from 3pm to 7pm.

A massive crowd of 5,000 from diverse backgrounds, sectors and professions came decked out in purple. Among them were Government ministers like Mr Teo Ser Luck, Ms Sim Ann and Mr Lawrence Wong, and Nominated Member of Parliament (MP) Ms Chia Yong Yong and MP Ms Denise Phua. Veteran local actor Mr Chew Chor Meng was also present for the event. Government agencies, mainstream schools, corporate volunteer groups, Special Education schools and various voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) also joined in the celebration as parade contingents. Members of the public showed their support by purchasing the Purple Parade merchandise, food and beverages as well as handicrafts. 

DPA was one of the 85 participating contingents this year. A total of 63 people joined DPA’s contingent, including volunteers, members, staff, friends and families. Our contingent members wore purple t-shirts, DPA badges, purple orchid flower garlands and held purple glowsticks. Nine of our members also held placards displaying DPA’s public education posters. After the concert ended at 3:30pm, our contingent marched in the parade. Following that DPA members were free to join the carnival, some of whom sprayed purple dye on their hair to help break the record of the largest gathering of people with purple hair in Singapore.

DPA was happy to be part of this event and was glad to see the entire community coming together to show support for persons with disabilities. This was DPA’s first time participating in the event and having seen the fantastic efforts of the other contingents DPA hopes to make a bigger impact next year. DPA thanks its volunteers and members for coming down on the day and being part of DPA’s inaugural Purple Parade contingent.

DPA congratulates the organisers of The Purple Parade for a job well done and looks forward to being part of the Purple Parade again next year.

For more information on the event, please visit The Purple Parade’s website.

For more photos of the event, please visit our facebook.

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