A Voice of Our Own

Issue 10, July - Sept 2015

Dear Friends & Supporters 

Greetings from Disabled People's Association!

What's New

DPA Publications

DPA has published two booklets called Advocacy Toolkit: How to Plan and Deliver Advocacy Messages and Achieving Inclusion in the Workplace. The first booklet offers easy-to-use tips on planning, delivering and reinforcing advocacy messages such as writing a complaint or feedback letter and a letter to the media. The second booklet provides an overview of the employment situation of people with disabilities in Singapore, highlights the factors responsible for their low employment rate, and provides practical solutions to eliminate those barriers. Visit this page to download the booklets or drop by our office to grab a free copy!

The next booklets on education and healthcare are due to be published in the last quarter of 2015.

Coming Up

Invitation to Dinner and 28th Annual General Meeting on 9 September 2015

The Disabled People’s Association would like to invite you to an informal dinner prior to the 28TH Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 9 September 2015 at 1 Jurong West Central 2, #04-01 Jurong Point Shopping Centre, Singapore 648886 from 6:00 pm onwards.  In addition to enjoying some good food, the dinner would be a great opportunity for members to meet each other, reconnect with old friends and get to know the DPA board members and staff better.  

DPA would like to thank you for the trust and support you have given the Association. The DPA continues to grow its advocacy portfolio, working with persons with disabilities, disability organisations and the Government and invites you to hear more about it at the AGM.  Your confidence in our work and our mission to be the voice of people with disabilities has driven us to keep pushing past obstacles and help Singapore truly become a barrier-free and inclusive society. 

For confirmation of your attendance or further inquiries, please contact Ms. Halipa Ahmad at 6791 1134 by Wednesday 26 August 2015.  You may also email her at info@dpa.org.sg. When you RSVP you attendance, please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. 

We look forward to meeting you next month at the dinner and the AGM that follows. 

Events

Community Chest Heartstrings Walk 2015

On 7 August 2015, 30 DPA staff, volunteers, friends and family participated in the Community Chest Heartstrings Walk 2015 at Marina Bay Sands. The walk was for everyone to join in and celebrate Singapore as an inclusive and giving nation. 

At the event, there was a family carnival with fun activities for kids, a competitive race up 57 levels to reach Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, and a special drumming activity which saw beneficiaries, corporate volunteers, and the community coming together to create one rhythm signifying the united heartbeat of one Singapore. DPA also met and mingled with two Members of Parliament – Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Teo Chee Hean, and Minister Tan Chuan-Jin.  (more…)

Purple Symphony

DPA was invited to the launch of the Purple Symphony on 31 July at the Singapore Conference Hall. The Purple Symphony is an inclusive orchestra made up of musicians with and without disabilities. The Purple Symphony has eighty-three members aged between four and fifty-eight, with sixty-seven musicians who have special needs. One of the members is DPA’s Board of Management member and percussionist, Ms Lily Goh.

DPA President, Mr Nicholas Aw, and DPA Executive Director attended the event and were treated a performance of five pieces of music. The choice of music was as diverse as the make up of the orchestra, ranging from a piece from a Chinese blockbuster to classic Malay and Indian tunes. During the pieces, there were solo performances by Ms Stephanie Ow, an erhu player with a visual disability, and Mr Aloysius Wong, 16, who performed a drum solo and is a Pathlight School student.  (more…)

Regional Workshop on Community-Rehabilitation: The Way Forward to Sustainable Development in ASEAN

From 19 to 25 July 2015, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) participated in the Regional Workshop on Community-Rehabilitation: The Way Forward to Sustainable Development in ASEAN. The workshop served as a platform to share best practices on community-based rehabilitation (CBR) among the ASEAN member states and create a roadmap to strengthen CBR implementation in the ASEAN region. The workshop was participated by all ASEAN member states and China, South Korea and Japan. Delegates came from various sectors such as the Government, non-government organisations and disabled people’s organisations.

During the workshop, DPA had the chance to visit an independent living centre at Nakorn Pathom Province, a Home for Disabled Babies (Ban FeungFah), and a Vocational Development Centre for Disabled Persons. The field visit was useful in shedding light on the social welfare situation in Thailand. In particular, DPA learned that when there is an implementation gap between the law and practice, people with disabilities work as advocates to empower other persons with disabilities and mobilise the resources within the community. (more…)

 

Advancing Inclusive Practices: How to plan and deliver Inclusion training

Inclusion Cultivation is a course designed by the Disabled People’s Association’s (DPA) former Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, Nina Munday, to provide trainers or potential trainers a step-by-step guide on how to plan and deliver diversity and inclusion training.

The learning outcomes of this course are:

  • 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…)

Purple Fiesta

 On 29 May 2015, PURPLE FIESTA, an event supporting inclusion of people with disabilities in Singapore, was organised by Team Echo of Temasek Junior College, Singapore together with Disabled people’s Association, Singapore. The event was conducted at Temasek Junior College from 3 to 7.30pm, with Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills, the Executive Director of DPA declaring the opening of the PURPLE FIESTA. While addressing the student community, she also shared how students can help work towards an inclusive society.

At the Purple Fiesta students and DPA set up booths offering information on inclusion, interaction with DPA members, free refreshments, games, song dedication, a mural where you can show support for inclusion with your thumbprint, purple merchandise as well as live performances. The simulation gameplay Xcape was popular with the student and had a long queue of eager participants. In this game one can experience what it might feel like to be a person with disabilities. The participants shared that this game helped them to understand the needs and concerns of people with disabilities better. Many students approached the DPA booth to know more about our initiatives and projects as well as find out how they can volunteer with DPA.

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