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.

The Purple Parade 2014

Posted: 27 November 2014

On 15 November 2014, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) participated in a movement that supports inclusion and celebrates the abilities of persons with disabilities. The Purple Parade was organised by Autism Association Singapore, Autism Resource Centre (Singapore), Central Singapore CDC, National Council of Social Service, SG Enable, Very Special Arts, and managed by Adrenalin. The event was held at Hong Lim Park from 3pm to 7pm.

A massive crowd of 5,000 from diverse backgrounds, sectors and professions came decked out in purple. Among them were Government ministers like Mr Teo Ser Luck, Ms Sim Ann and Mr Lawrence Wong, and Nominated Member of Parliament (MP) Ms Chia Yong Yong and MP Ms Denise Phua. Veteran local actor Mr Chew Chor Meng was also present for the event. Government agencies, mainstream schools, corporate volunteer groups, Special Education schools and various voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) also joined in the celebration as parade contingents. Members of the public showed their support by purchasing the Purple Parade merchandise, food and beverages as well as handicrafts.  (more…)

Soap-Making Demonstration Class

Posted: 15 November 2014

On 1st November 2014, Disabled People’s Association (DPA) held a soap-making demonstration class at DPA’s office from 10am to 12pm. A total of 23 people participated in this event, including members, volunteers and staff. The class was run by a social enterprise called 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 be able to have better lives.

During the class, two SOHO Nature trainers, Keith Ong and Ken Ong, gave participants an introduction to handmade soaps, the ingredients needed to make the soap and taught participants the techniques of making handmade soaps. Everyone was invited to try a hand at making soaps and some of the participants even brought home their own handmade soaps for free. The class then ended with a Q&A session. After the class, the participants enjoyed a light lunch and mingling session.

The success of the soap-making demonstration class encouraged SOHO Nature to offer another class on aromatherapy for free for DPA members, staff and volunteers.

Click here to find out more about the upcoming aromatherapy class. For those interested, please contact DPA at info@dpa.org.sg or call us at 67911134 by 12 December 2014.

SADeaf Sign Language Week & the International Week of the Deaf 2014 celebration

Posted: 1 October 2014

On 28 September Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended an event organised by Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) in celebration of Sign Language week and the International Week of the Deaf 2014. From 22-28 September SADeaf were at Vivo City raising awareness about Sign Language, assistive technology, sports and employment for persons who are hard of hearing. On 28 September SADeaf held an awards ceremony highlighting the achievements of students who are deaf and the teachers who have supported them along their educational journey. DPA joined in the festivities, which included a game of charades (with no sign language help/cheating!) and a basic sign language class that even included how to sign some Singlish expressions. The event had a relaxed atmosphere and drew in large crowds of shoppers. DPA would like to commend SADeaf, who is an institutional member of DPA, for organising a fun as well as thought-provoking event.  (more…)

Apa Itu Activist?

Posted: 1 October 2014

On 20 September 2014 Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended a forum on Civil Society, Action and Advocacy held at the National University of Singapore. ‘Apa Itu Activist?’: A Forum on Civil Society Action & Advocacy’ was jointly organised by Kokila Annamalai, Izyanti Asa’ari, Kirsten Han, Corinna Lim, Jolene Tan,  Jolovan Wham and Yale-NUS International Relations and Political Association (YIRPA). 

There were local and international speakers from diverse backgrounds, sectors and professions addressed  varied topics ranging from how to engage with policy makers to effect change in your community, how to connect with the public using social media to discussing recent advocacy activism stories in Singapore and in other Asian countries. 

Attendees were truly representative of Singapore with students, civil servants, members and staff of voluntary welfare organisations members, journalists, bloggers, academics and lawyers participating in the lively and engaging discussions.  (more…)

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