MSF Media Release: Singapore Ratifies UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

Posted: 19 July 2013

Good news! The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has announced today the Singapore government has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). This will come into effect for Singapore on 18 August 2013. However, three reservations have been made.

 For MSF’s media release and more details of the reservations, please click here.

DPA Goes Big on Social Media

Posted: 15 July 2013

Here are three easy ways to keep up to date on DPA’s happenings, initiatives and workshops:

  1. LIKE our Facebook page which is updated daily. Besides interesting links to disability-related news and articles from Singapore and around the world, all DPA-related news and announcements will appear here too.
  2. Bookmark or follow our blog, which will be updated fortnightly. We will post our own opinion pieces, current (disability) affairs analyses, interviews and other features. Don’t miss ’em!
  3. Visit the main DPA website for event write-ups and photos, as well as news and updates on workshops and programmes, resource lists and more! (All updates on the DPA website will also be posted on or linked via our Facebook page at the same time.)

Towards Inclusive and Respectful Disability Terminology in Our Media

Posted: 12 July 2013

DPA is starting a new fortnightly column of sorts, titled “What It Should Have Been”. Named after the corrections section traditionally found in newspapers, it will compile all instances of inappropriate words/terms used to describe people with disabilities that appeared in print – whether online or on hard copy – over the preceding two weeks. 

We very much welcome contributions and feedback from members. And if you come across a case of improper, disrespectful or offensive language used to describe people with disabilities in  local media, blogs or publications, just email the details – citing the source, date, usage issue/context – to

For more on this initiative and to read the first “What It Should Have Been” compilation, please click here.

Improve Inclusiveness in Your Organisation

Posted: 18 June 2013

DPA runs training workshops for corporate, voluntary welfare and government organisations that are looking to make their workplace, programmes and services more inclusive. This training workshop is also relevant for organisations that have adopted inclusive policies and want to ensure that they are on the right track. The session will cover a broad range of topics from understanding what the relevance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is to your organisation to how to make your existing services more accessible to employees or clients with disabilities. This workshop is especially relevant to those looking to or have hired people with disabilities. The full day sessions are run by an experienced trainer either at DPA’s office or at the organisation’s office if there are at least 15 people who are interested in the workshop.  (more…)

Aboard the Lord Nelson

Posted: 17 June 2013

Twelve Singaporeans, including people with disabilities and their non-disabled friends and family, embarked on an unique 7-day-6-night adventure at sea from 29 May to 3 June 2013. Two of DPA’s members, Logaraj and Jim Bek, were also among the crew. Ong Shi Yi, one of the Singaporean crew members on the Lord Nelson, kindly granted DPA an interview. 

Shi Yi shares about her adventure on “Nelly” (the nickname of the Lord Nelson) on which the crew sailed to Tioman Island, what it was like in a typical day of a sailor, how the Lord Nelson is barrier-free, and her post-voyage understanding and thoughts of what being inclusive truly means. 

Read the full write-up and interview on DPA’s blog.

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