Brainstorming Workshop on a Disability Inclusive Development Guideline after ASEAN integration: Toward ASCC vision 2025

Posted: 8 June 2016

From 1st to 4th June 2016, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) was invited to participate in the Brainstorming Workshop on a Disability Inclusive Development Guideline after ASEAN integration: Toward ASCC vision 2025 in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop was organised by Thailand’s Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. Disability organisations from all the ASEAN member countries attended this workshop to discuss the implementation of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint 2025 and ASEAN Vision 2025 documents. The workshop was also a great way to meet other DPOs in the region. DPA thanks the organisers for including us in this regional workshop. DPA is regularly invited to such overseas workshops and conferences and is happy to keep up with best practices overseas.

Football With A Heart Tournament and Celebratory Dinner

Posted: 6 June 2016

On 21 May 2016, the Football With A Heart (FWAH) charity tournament was held at the National Stadium. The event was organised by Singapore Pools, iShine Staff Volunteers and the Football Association of Singapore. It is an annual charity football tournament that raises money for various charities. DPA was honoured to be one of the selected beneficiaries this year and was invited to set up a booth at the tournament.

Later in the afternoon, DPA Board of Management members, Mr Nicholas Aw and Ms Tan Keng Ying, were invited to attend the Corporate Partners Reception where they met with Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, the Minister for Social and Family Development.

On 3 June 2016, DPA Board of Management members, Mr Arsalan Ali and Ms Lily Goh, attended the Celebratory Dinner at the Singapore Sports Hub where we received a generous donation of $65,000 and met with the President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam. DPA would like to express our sincere gratitude to Singapore Pools, Football Association of Singapore and Sport Singapore for selecting DPA as one of the beneficiaries. DPA would also like to thank all donors of the football charity fundraiser, including the corporate partners. Their generous donation will go a long way in supporting DPA’s advocacy and public education initiatives.  (more…)

DPA and MDAS’ Joint Flag Day 2016

Posted: 25 May 2016

On 23 April 2016, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) and Muscular Dystrophy Association Singapore (MDAS) jointly organised a Flag Day. Over 800 volunteers showed their support by coming out on a Saturday to collect donations at eight collection centres across Singapore. The event was a culmination of three months of hard work from both organisations and the outcome made all the effort worthwhile. DPA and MDAS recruited volunteers from secondary schools, junior colleges, tertiary institutions, voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs), clan association and companies who joined other civic-minded members of the public to work together to raise funds for both organisations.

This year was the first time both organisations piloted a Flag Day software called Project Tintin. The software was designed and developed over a span of six months by Thoughtworks, DPA and MDAS with the sole aim of improving efficiency at reporting stations and reducing paperwork. Volunteers did not have to spend their valuable time waiting to register and filling in form. Instead, they registered and returned donation tins using QR codes generated by the system. The system also provided organisers with real-time updates of all Collection Centres and movement of donation tins. This pilot program was a huge success and the plan is to further improve the software and share the final product with all VWOs. (more…)

Arts and Disability Forum 2016

Posted: 7 April 2016

On 29 March 2016, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended the Arts and Disability Forum 2016 at the National Gallery Singapore, an event organised by the National Arts Council, British Council Singapore and Singapore International Foundation. The event aimed to raise awareness on how arts and culture can shape an inclusive society. The three-day Forum brought together individual artists, practitioners and various professionals from the social service sector and arts and culture organisations.

UK and Singapore art practitioners shared their experiences and perspectives on how art can create social change by challenging society’s deepest assumptions about disability. Afterwards, participants were separated into breakout groups to exchange ideas on equality, access and inclusive practice in the Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector, and the potential for arts and the disability sector in Singapore through case studies.

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Diveheart Morning Tea, Presentation and Demonstration: Commercial Diving for Persons with Disabilities

Posted: 22 March 2016

On 19 March 2016, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended the Diveheart workshop at the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club. The event aimed to raise awareness about the possibility of persons with disabilities being trained and employed as commercial environmental divers as well as the therapeutic and empowering benefits of diving of persons with disabilities.  It was organised by Charles Rowe, an experienced commercial diver and trainer, and the Diveheart Foundation, a non-profit organisation that aims to build confidence and independence in persons with disabilities using Scuba diving as a tool. The event was proudly supported by the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) and the DPA.

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