DPA 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Posted: 19 September 2014

Disabled People’s Association (DPA) 2013-2014 Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday, 16 September. Members came early to enjoy a pre-AGM buffet dinner and mingling session. At 7:15pm DPA’s Honorary Secretary, Mrs Chang Siew Ngoh, called for the meeting to start. A total of 29 people were in attendance, including volunteers, members and staff and there were enough DPA members present to satisfy quorum requirements.

DPA’s President, Mr Nicholas Aw, started the meeting off by briefing the members on the key events of the past financial year, as well as on the Association’s future projects. Following which, the office bearers and the members confirmed the minutes of the 2013 Annual General Meeting and adopted the Annual Report and Audited Statement of Accounts for 2013-2014.  (more…)

Enabled! The Power of Music for Healing, Joy and Inclusiveness

Posted: 5 August 2014

On 18 July 2014, 7.30pm – 9.30pm Disabled People’s Association attended the Enabled! The Power of Music for Healing, Joy and Inclusiveness at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

After a welcome Speech by Ms Michelle Lee, Founder and Director at I’m Soul Inc and the organising company behind the event, there was a musical performance by Ms Vanessa Fernandez and Ms Lim Lee with her guide dog Nice. The piece was written specially for the event by Phil Heeley. After that DPA member, Ms Lily Goh, song-signed along to ‘Let it go’ from the movie ‘Frozen’.

During the break in performances DPA staff member, Ms Halipa Ahmad, and other members of the audience got a chance to try out the music box being used by Soul Inc as part of their music therapy as well as a number of other musical instruments being used at the celebration. (more…)

DPA Member Outing River Safari 7 June 2014

Posted: 15 July 2014

On the 7th June Disabled People’s Association (DPA) went to the River Safari to enjoy the park as well as give feedback on how the experience was for visitors with disabilities. The management of the River Safari had contacted DPA to ask its members to come to the park and let them know how they can improve their facilities and services for those with disabilities. A group of DPA members with mobility, hearing and visual impairments as well as two DPA members of staff were treated to a guided tour of the River Safari and a meal together. Afterwards DPA conducted a feedback session. DPA will write up the responses for the River Safari and share the findings on the blog in the near future. 

Here are some photos of DPA members at the park, to see more go to the album on DPA’s Facebook page. Many thanks to the River Safari for the invite!

Inclusion Cultivation

Posted: 18 June 2014

Inclusion Cultivation – a training course for Diversity and Inclusion Trainers, made its debut on 29 and 30 May 2014.  This course was designed and delivered by DPA’s Diversity and Inclusion Consultant with the aim to empower local trainers in Singapore to develop training or workshop based on their personal knowledge and experience to promote diversity and inclusion at work, in education and in society.

The learning outcomes of the course were:

•         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…)

Inclusion Fundamentals (Get-together)

Posted: 29 April 2014

The Inclusion Fundamentals workshops (Development of an inclusion service) were nicely concluded with a get-together for the participants held on Thursday 24 April 2014.  Inclusion Fundamentals is designed for corporate, voluntary welfare and government organisations that are looking to make their workplace, programmes and services more inclusive. 

We are delighted with the positive results.  Since its launch in May 2013, 6 sessions were held with 44 participants from 24 organisations participated in this workshop.  The comments from the participants are encouraging.  For the full evaluation report, please click here.  Below are examples of the participants’ comments: 

“The session exposed me to various issues that disabled people in Singapore experience.  It has allowed me to expand my scope of thinking and consider putting myself in the shoes of the disabled.”

“Best workshop I’ve ever attended” (more…)

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