AbleThrive Launch in Singapore

Posted: 5 February 2016

On 2 February 2016, Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended “Live Well & Thrive”, an event featuring panel discussion, networking and the launch of AbleThrive in Singapore. AbleThrive is a global platform that shares articles and videos offering stories and advice relating to living well with a disability.

Founder and Executive Director, Brittany Martin Déjean, introduced the evening and moderated the interactive panel discussion which covered real-life experiences relating to disability and prompted cross-sector conversations on ‪‎inclusion. The panel members were Judy Wee (DPA Board member), Norrizwan Rasip and Eric Ting. Two of the panel acquired their disability; the remaining member was born with a disability. In response to questions from the floor, the panellists shared their views on the importance of support by friends and family, attempting to find employment, interacting with people without disabilities, inclusion in mainstream education, the desire to participate in sport (not just spectate), how the disability landscape has changed over the years, their wishlist for the future.

Towards the close of the evening AbleThrive was officially launched by gold medallist para swimmer, Theresa Goh. Audience and panel members continued exchanging information and stories over refreshments. (more…)

DPA @ Gardens by the Bay

Posted: 3 February 2016

On 29 January 2016, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) visited Gardens by the Bay. A total of 14 DPA members, staff and volunteers were treated to a guided tour of the Dahlia Dream Floral Display at the Flower Dome. The Flower Dome was specially designed with lofty mountains, flowing water, Chinese pavilions and blooming dahlias to celebrate the Year of the Monkey. DPA also had the opportunity to visit “The Future of Us” Exhibition – an immersive and multi-sensory experience that offers a glimpse into the possibilities of how Singaporeans can live, work, play and care and learn in the future.

DPA had a great time at Gardens by the Bay. DPA was pleased to note that both attractions are wheelchair accessible and on-site transport can be arranged for those with mobility issues who want to travel from the Flower Dome to the “The Future of Us” Exhibition. DPA would also like to give a shout out to our tour guides for the informative tour around the Flower Dome.  (more…)

Familiarisation session @ DownTown Line 2 MRT Station

Posted: 29 December 2015

On 28 December 2015, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended a familiarisation session around DownTown Line 2 MRT station. The session was organised by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to get persons with disabilities familiar with the barrier-free accessibility features. A total of 20 people, including DPA staff, members, and a volunteer, were treated to a guided tour around the station. Afterwards, DPA members gave feedback on how the station could improve their facilities for those with disabilities. DPA was glad that LTA invited us to this familiarisation session, and hopes that our feedback will provide LTA with a better understanding of the experiences of commuters with disabilities. DPA also hope that LTA will adopt our recommendations and work towards improving accessibility to public transport.  (more…)

DPA-China Exchange Session

Posted: 23 December 2015

On 19 December 2015, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) and the Huayuan General Association of New Immigrants from China jointly organised an international exchange session at DPA’s office. The purpose of this session was to discuss issues on caring for persons with disabilities and to share best practices on including people with disabilities in Singapore. Participants included DPA members and distinguished delegates from the Nanchang Municipal Political Consultative Committee China. After DPA’s presentation on Singapore’s disability landscape, there was an interactive session between the delegates and DPA members. Overall DPA was delighted to co-host this exchange visit. DPA would also like to thank our members and the staff from Huayuan Association for their support and cooperation.  (more…)

DPA @ ASEAN Para Games 2015

Posted: 23 December 2015

On 4 December 2015, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) participated in the ActiveSG Experience APG. This event was organised by ActiveSG to enable students and communities to support our Team Singapore Athletes during the ASEAN Para Games. A total of 14 persons, including DPA staff, members, volunteers, friends and families were treated to a guided tour around the Sportshub Cluster where the games were held live. All participants were also given limited edition T-shirts bearing the “8th ASEAN Para Games” slogan and snack packs.

Seeing our athletes competing with and winning against other equally skilled athletes from across the ASEAN region was a proud moment for both Singapore and the disability community. DPA was happy to be part of this experience, and looks forward to the next ASEAN Para Games which will be hosted at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2017. DPA thanks ActiveSG for inviting DPA to the event and our guides for facilitating the tour. Let us continue to celebrate the extraordinary!  (more…)

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