DPA Celebrates NS50 at the Army Open House – 25 May 2017

Posted: 30 May 2017

Last week, members of DPA attended a special, closed door session of the Army Open House 2017.
Our members spent the day with our service men and women, and had an absolute blast getting up close and personal with the various army technologies.

The Singapore Army Open House was held at the F1 Pit Building, and held its closed door sessions for various schools, NGOs and organisations to learn more about why military defence and civic consciousness is so important for Singapore. Alongside the static displays, the SAF also had exciting dynamic displays of the Terrex ICV, LSV Mark II, and Peacekeeper PRVs. While our members weren’t able to take part in the joyrides, they definitely had an amazing time mingling with the soldiers.

DPA would also like to thank the SAF Open House Organising Committee for their teamwork and dedication throughout the day. Our members weren’t left wanting and managed to enjoy thanks to the support of the soldiers.

While the rain dampened the later part of the day, the sun quickly shone through, and activities resumed. DPA definitely looks forward to future events with our armed forces!

DPA @ Arts and Disability Forum 2017 – 20 April 2017

Posted: 23 April 2017

This week, DPA was at the Arts and Disability Forum (ADF 2017) which was held at the Enabling Village and saw an incredible turnout of practicioners, policy-makers, and international NGOs. In its third year overall, and second year working with co-organisers from the National Arts Council, British Council and Singapore International Foundation, ADF 2017 will highlight ways to shape a more inclusive society through opportunities for meaningful collaborations for artistic development within the disability sector.

Over the past three years, ADF has grown from a half-day forum with a focus on bringing together healthcare professionals, artists and policy makers to raise awareness about the gaps between the arts and disability sectors, to the current – two days of programming with insights from keynote speakers with local, regional and international perspectives on a variety of topics surrounding the theme of inclusiveness, empowerment and collaboration. The theme for 2017 is Shaping Perspectives and Enabling Opportunities.

While the conference’s focus was on the arts, and how dramatic, as well as literary arts can be utilised to help enhance the lives of the disabled, many of the points shared were definitely useful for us at DPA.

While there were many incredible sessions, the one that truly stood out for DPA had to be by the Disabled Association (Hong Kong). The session on “reThink disAbility” was presented by Ms Myra Tam, Executive Director at Arts with the Disabled Association (Hong Kong). (more…)

DPA & VSA Joint Flag Day – 25 March 2017

Posted: 31 March 2017

On Saturday, 25 March 2017, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA), in conjunction with Very Special Arts (VSA) Singapore, held its annual Joint Flag Day. This Flag Day promised to be one with a difference, and both organisations delivered on that note.

DPA once again used Project Tintin, an app developed by ThoughtWorks, which has brought the tracking of donation tins to the 21st century. Yet, this was not the same version they used last year. After piloting the app with two other voluntary welfare organisations on their Flag Days DPA and ThoughtWorks enhanced and improved it. Through the previous version of the app, the tedious, and tireless process of manually tracking donation tins was simplified through the innovative use of QR codes. By simply scanning out the tins, the organisers were able to keep track of the movement of donation tins, and have an overview of how the Flag Day was progressing. The newer version of Project Tintin has additional time-saving features, such as allowing supervisors to give a series of tins at a time and the creation of roaming stations that could re-stock collection centres that had run out of donation tins. The app also proved to be popular amongst the various organisations that came to watch it in action. (more…)

Harkin Summit 2016

Posted: 17 January 2017

Disabled People’s Association (DPA) was invited to attend the inaugural Harkin Summit in Washington, DC. Held over two days on 8-9 December 2016, the Harkin International Disability Employment Summit brought together stakeholders from many sectors including businesses, ranging from smaller to larger companies, civil society, social enterprises, institutions of higher learning, Government and disability advocates. The Summit brought together over 180 stakeholders from 31 countries to focus on employment for persons with disabilities because it is the key to independence and economic sustainability.

The Harkin Summit is the passion project of retired Senator Tom Harkin, who has a long history of driving the disability movement in the United States of America. He was a key to the realisation of the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act. (more…)

Music Gives Back Concert

Posted: 23 December 2016

On 4 December 2016, Disabled People’s Association (DPA) was invited to a festive concert with performances by Ms Dawn Toh and her musical students and friends.

The concert was held at the black box theatre, Goodman Arts Centre. In line with the theme of the concert ‘Music Gives Back’, DPA was nominated as the beneficiary for the concert. Mr Desmond Choo, Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC was the Guest of Honour at the event.

DPA President, Mr Nicholas Aw Wee Chong, DPA Vice-President, Ms Judy Wee, DPA Hon. Secretary, Ms Chang Siew-Ngoh and DPA Treasurer, Ms Sherena Loh were there representing DPA’s Board of Management. From DPA’s membership, Ms Margaret See, Ms Noraini Binte Adnan, Mr Ng Ruenn Sheng, Mr Chia Teck Seng Joseph and their families attended. DPA’s Advocacy Consultant, Ms Asha Karen was also there to represent DPA’s staff.

DPA attendees along with the performer’s families and friends enjoyed beautiful and accomplished music played by Dawn and her students and friends. It was indeed a delightful evening and ended with a heartfelt note spreading the joy of this festive season.

Dawn and her fellow performers aimed to raise $10,000 from their concert for DPA to further its cause and ended up surpassing that goal with donations totalling $12,352.10. (more…)

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