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…)

Project Illuminate –Servathon 2015

Posted: 14 December 2015

On 11 December 2015, Disabled People’s Association (DPA) and Caretalyst jointly organised Project Illuminate, an event raising awareness and promoting inclusion of people with disabilities.

Project Illuminate was part of the Servathon 2015 initiative, a community service marathon that tests your volunteering stamina. Through participation in a series of fun simulation activities, Servathon seeks to benefit both the helpers and those who are helped. Servathon was started in 2012 by CityCare, a non-profit organisation whose vision is to build a city that cares by building a culture of doing good. 

Caretalyst is a student ­initiated portfolio from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) that aims to promote volunteerism through a series of planned activities. They have been working with various groups of beneficiaries since 2012.

Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills, Executive Director of DPA, opened the event by emphasising the important role students have in promoting inclusion of people with disabilities. The Caretalysts demonstrated how well they had fulfilled that role by designing games, the aim of which was to get a pair of participants (a DPA member and a Caretalyst) working together. The games could be played at different skill levels and by people with different disabilities:  They were well planned and enthusiastically received, with goodie bags and prizes awarded at the end. (more…)

The AGENDA DPO Workshop, 30 November 2015 and the AICHR Regional Dialogue on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community, 1 – 3 December 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Posted: 8 December 2015

On 30 November 2015, Dr Medjeral-Mills, Executive Director of Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended a workshop on mainstreaming disability rights in the ASEAN region. The workshop was organised by AGENDA, a regional consortium of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs), and election monitoring groups in South-East Asia. Disability organisations from all the ASEAN member countries attended this workshop to discuss the upcoming ASEAN regional development plans 2016-2015, ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together. The attendees discussed cross-cutting issues that affect persons with disabilities across all the three pillars of ASEAN Community Councils. The workshop was also a great way to meet other DPOs in the region who do not usually have a chance to share best practices.

The following day, Dr Medjeral-Mills attended the ASEAN Intergovernmental Committee on Human Rights (AICHR) first Regional Dialogue on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community with the support of Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The event brought together DPOs, social welfare ministries, lawmakers, universities, UN bodies, media practitioners and corporates from ASEAN Member States. The event was also timed to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which is celebrated annually on 3rd December. (more…)

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