MEDIA STATEMENT

Posted: 9 November 2013

MEDIA STATEMENT

(This is DPA’s media statement in response to the release of the Fare Review Mechanism Committee’s report on 5 November 2013) 

The Disabled People’s Association welcomes and supports the Fare Review Mechanism Committee (FRMC)’s recommendation to grant concessions to people with disabilities for public transport fares, and that such subsidies are to be funded by the government. A transport fare concession, after all, has been a long-standing request of the local disability community. 

We note that the government will only be replying to FRMC’s report next week, but we are optimistic that the government will be adopting most of its recommendations, in particular the one pertaining to subsidies for people with disability.  (more…)

IDPD Celebrations: Let’s Talk About Disability!

Posted: 25 September 2013

DPA will be celebrating the International Day of Person with Disabilities (IDPD) from 15 to 16 November 2013 at The Atrium at Jurong Point Shopping Centre.

The annual observance of IDPD was sparked by the proclamation of the International Year for Disabled Persons in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. The IDPD aims to raise awareness and understanding of disability issues among the general public, as well as promote the full participation and equality of persons with disabilities in society. 

Our theme for this year’s celebration is “Let’s Talk About Disability!” – which is especially apt in view of the Government’s recent ratification of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. For the disability community in Singapore, this marks an important milestone and significant step towards an inclusive society in which they can enjoy equal rights and access in all aspects of life.  (more…)

DPA Public Education Campaign 2013

Posted: 21 September 2013

“Their Greatest Disability is Our Apathy”

Disabled People’s Association is pleased to announce the launch of our new public education campaign on Monday, 16 September 2013.

This campaign, which will run for six weeks, aims to make people in Singapore aware of the obstacles faced by persons with disabilities as they go about their daily travel. It also hopes to start a conversation among the public about accessibility in public transport for those with disabilities. (more…)

Note to Students Proposing Research and Community Service Projects

Posted: 16 September 2013

Every month, DPA receives a number of requests from schools and student groups to take part in research projects, surveys and interviews, as well as community service projects.

As far as possible, we try to accommodate these requests – we appreciate your heart and thoughtfulness for the disability community. Thank you very much.

However, because DPA has a small staff count and limited resources, we are unable to participate in every project or agree to every interview request. Instead, we will prioritise such requests.

To improve your chances of being granted an interview, or being accepted by us as a partner in your community or research projects, you may want to take note of the following tips. (more…)

SPD Youth Aspiration Award

Posted: 23 August 2013

Recognising that today’s youth are multi-talented and their interests span beyond the academic, the SPD Youth Aspiration Award aims to inspire talented youths with physical disabilities to pursue their interests in the areas of Visual and/or Performing Arts, Sports or Community Service, by alleviating their financial burdens. The award provides a grant of up to $5,000 per recipient.

Application for this award is now open to youths with physical disabilities who are students from Secondary 1 to University level. The application form can be downloaded at www.spd.org.sg/form/Youth-Aspiration-Application-Form-2014.pdf

The completed form must reach SPD by 30 October 2013. 

For enquiries, please browse to www.spd.org.sg/programmes/education_programme.html. You can also contact Winnie Lim at Winnie_LIM@spd.org.sg or Florence Lee at Sophia_LEE@spd.org.sg.

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