DPA Outing to S.E.A. Aquarium

Posted: 26 January 2015

On 23 January 2015, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) went to S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa to enjoy the aquarium as well as give feedback on how the experience was for visitors with disabilities. DPA partnered with the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) to organise this event, with ANZ kindly volunteering manpower on the day and covering the ticket costs of all participants.

A total of 135 people participated in the event, including DPA members, ANZ staff members, and DPA’s institutional members – the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) and Down Syndrome Association (DSA).

At 2:15 pm, DPA organised all participants into teams, with each team comprising of at least eight persons with disabilities and four to five ANZ members to encourage social interaction between the two groups. DPA also appointed a team captain for each team to lead the teams safely and smoothly in and out of the large aquarium. After the teams were formed, everyone entered the aquarium to enjoy the marine world. (more…)

Deaf Dialogue 2015

Posted: 21 January 2015

On 17 January 2015, Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended the Deaf Dialogue 2015 organised by the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf). Held at the LifeLong Learning Institute, the dialogue was an interactive session between SADeaf clients, members and various government ministries and agencies. The event was also graced by Ms Denise Phua Lay Peng, Mayor of Central Singapore District.

From 3 pm to 6:30 pm, individuals from the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), Building and Construction Authority, SG Enable, Ministry of Health, Singapore Management of University, and Ministry of Social and Family Development shared their knowledge on topics such as Communication, Accessibility, Employment, Health Care, Education and Early Intervention for persons with hearing impairments. They presented on their current initiatives as well as the future developments for people with hearing impairment. The audience was also invited to air their opinions or ask any pressing questions during the Question and Answer session. (more…)

Aromatherapy Class

Posted: 8 January 2015

On 20th December 2014, Disabled People’s Association (DPA) held an aromatherapy class at DPA’s premises from 1 to 3pm. The class was run by a social enterprise, SOHO Nature, which was set up to empower individuals with the ability to run their own home based businesses, and to assist marginalised communities in society to have better lives. A total of 25 people attended the event, including DPA members, volunteers, one sign-language interpreter and two SOHO Nature trainers.

During the class, SOHO Nature trainers, Keith Ong and Ken Ong, gave participants an introduction to essential oils, its uses, and the many benefits of aromatherapy. Participants were also invited to smell and appreciate various essential oils such as cedarwood, lemon, jasmine, peppermint and lavender. The class then ended with a question and answer session. After the class, everyone enjoyed light snacks and a mingling session. (more…)

DPA Meet & Greet Lunch

Posted: 2 January 2015

On 6 December 2014, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) held a Meet and Greet Lunch at DPA’s office. 31 people attended the event, including DPA members, families, staff and volunteers. This event was held to mark the International Day of People with Disabilities, and also for DPA members and volunteers to interact and enjoy the spirit of togetherness.

From 12 pm to 1 pm, everyone enjoyed a buffet lunch and mingling session. Afterwards DPA’s Advocacy Consultant, Ms Asha Karen, conducted a short presentation for volunteers. Volunteers were briefed on DPA’s advocacy initiatives, as well as how they can get involved in DPA’s current and future projects.They were invited to contact DPA if they are interested in working with the team.

Finally at 1:30 pm, DPA members and volunteers were entertained by magician Thomas DeVoe who had kindly volunteered his time. Audience members were invited to participate in Thomas’ magic performance such as bending metal spoons with their minds and mind reading a string of numbers Thomas had picked.

At 2:15 pm, the event ended with a lucky dip and two happy members walked away with Royal Sporting House vouchers.

Wishing Spheres Project

Posted: 2 January 2015

Between 10 to 25 November 2014, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) participated in the Wishing Spheres Project. This initiative was organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, producers of the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2015.

The Wishing Spheres Project is an integral part of the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2015. Through the project, people can write down their wishes of hopes and dreams for the upcoming year. The written spheres are then placed in the bay where a visual art installation of these spheres will light up the bay, signifying the collective of hopes and dreams of those who make their wishes.

DPA members, friends, families as well as volunteers were invited to pop in and write down their wishes on the spheres.

DPA’s wishing spheres joined many other spheres and they were displayed at the Esplanade up until 31 December 2014. The spectacular visual installation carried thousands of wishes from the public made for Singapore’s future.

For more information about the event, please visit here.

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