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

Posted: 29 July 2015

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

Posted: 25 June 2015

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

Posted: 8 June 2015

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.


Regional Workshop on “Initiators for Self-Help Groups of Persons with Disabilities Towards Rights-Based and Sustainable Community Development”

Posted: 29 May 2015

From 10 to 23 May 2015, two members from the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) participated in a training workshop on “Initiators for Self-Help Groups of Persons with Disabilities Towards Rights-Based and Sustainable Community Development” in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop was organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of Bangkok Thailand, and sponsored by Japan-ASEAN Integration fund.

The workshop aimed to equip persons with disabilities with the knowledge to strengthen a self-help group or organisation. It also served as a forum for persons with disabilities and Government officials to meet and share experiences on self-help groups, sustainable development and possible financial opportunities. Participants came from all ASEAN member states. (more…)

Accessibility Sharing Session II

Posted: 28 April 2015

On 25 April 2015, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) held an Accessibility Sharing Session II at for the Deaf community in Singapore to share their thoughts about Deaf rights, particularly the right on access to information. A total of 32 people joined the session, including DPA staff members, The Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) members, sign language interpreters and other hearing members of public.

The session commenced with a brief introduction/welcome speech by Jorain Ng, DPA’s Advocacy Executive. Yeo Chi Jin Alfred then educated the audience about Deaf rights, particularly their right on access to information by referring to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, specifically Article Nine on access to information, which Singapore ratified in 2013. Alfred then spoke about the Enabling Masterplan 2012-2016 and some of the Government provisions for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing such as the induction loop system in selected buildings and the Emergency Short Messaging Service (SMS). Following that, Alfred highlighted some of the issues faced by the Deaf community and also went through basic factors that guarantee Deaf rights: sign language, captioning services, visual information and service providers. (more…)

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