Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) World Congress 2016

Posted: 3 October 2016

Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended the second CBR World Congress, which was held on 27th – 29th September 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme for the 2nd World Congress was “CBR: Empowering and Enabling”.

Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) was initiated by the World Health Organisation as a strategy to increase access to rehabilitation services in resource-constrained settings such as rural areas and/or developing countries. Over the years the concept of CBR has expanded to become a much wider approach that has moved beyond rehabilitation alone. These days, CBR initiatives aim at improving access to opportunities and social inclusion of people with disabilities. CBR is now sometimes called Community-based Inclusive Development (CBID) because of this change in the approach.

CBR is also a very interesting approach because it is implemented through the combined efforts of people with disabilities, their families and communities, and relevant government and non-government health, education, vocational, social and other services. CBR or CBID initiatives are grass-root or bottom up programmes that actively involve the community in which they are taking place. In this sense CBR or CBID can be said to be owned and mobilised by local communities with support from a number of other stakeholders. (more…)

DPA’s 30th Anniversary Dinner on 24th September 2016

Posted: 28 September 2016

On Saturday 24th September, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) celebrated 30 years of advocating alongside persons with disabilities in Singapore. DPA was in fact the first advocacy organisation officially registered in Singapore, gazetted on 28th April 1986. 

159 members, supporters, donors and disability sector partners came together at the Royal Palm Ballroom at The Central to mark this milestone: It was an evening of reflection and celebration. The guest of honour for the evening was Ms Low Yen Ling, DPA’s new patron. Ms Low is Mayor of South West District and Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Education & Ministry of Trade and Industry. 

The event started with a tribute to DPA’s late founding President, Mr Ron Chandran-Dudley read by Master of Ceremonies, Mr Terrence Yang. There would never be enough time in one evening to go through Mr Chandran-Dudley’s life story in all its richness: Instead the tribute highlighted some of his personal journey from acquiring a disability to becoming an advocacy champion. The tribute touched on Mr Chandran-Dudley’s significant role in lobbying for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It also focused on his family life, for example, the central role in his life and legacy played by his wife, Ms Rena Chandran-Dudley. DPA is collaborating with Ethos Publishing to raise funds to publish ‘The Man With A Mission: A Life Well Lived’. Ron Chandran-Dudley was working on this book about his life when he passed away. It was finished with the help of his wife, Rena. Dinner attendees were given a copy of a chapter of this book. DPA and Ethos Publishing hope to release the book on 14 January 2017.     (more…)

DPA Annual General Meeting 2016

Posted: 28 September 2016

On Saturday 24th September, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) held its 29th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Royal Palm Ballroom at the Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street. This year DPA offered door prizes for the first five members to come for the AGM and ended up giving out five more presents to members who had volunteered at the most DPA events. The presents given out were donated by the Management of Jurong Point Shopping Centre, where DPA’s office is located, and Aigner Singapore.

Mrs. Chang-Tang Siew Ngoh, Hon. Secretary of DPA called the meeting to order at 5.30 pm. Of the 69 people present, 56 were voting members who had paid their membership fees, meeting the required quorum. The rest comprised six Associate Members who are not eligible to vote, five members of staff, one volunteer and one sign-language interpreter.

Mr. Nicholas Aw Wee Chong, DPA’s President, welcomed everyone to the meeting and projected the Annual Report on the wall, giving everyone a quick summary of DPA achievements over the last financial year. He also outlined the focus for DPA in the future.  (more…)

Advancing Inclusive Practices: Inclusive Communication Workshop

Posted: 22 September 2016

On 20 September 2016, DPA hosted this one-day Inclusive Communication Workshop, which aimed to expand participants’ understanding of inclusive communication as well as to help participants develop strategies in tackling communication barriers. The workshop was delivered by Nina Munday, former DPA Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, Founder and Director of Embody Global Consultancy and Manager of Fife Centre for Equalities in Scotland.

The Learning Outcomes of this Course were

  • Better understanding of ethos and values of inclusive communication;
  • Increased awareness and ability to identify communication barriers;
  • Better knowledge of different types of inclusive communication;
  • Being confident in applying inclusive communication in the workplace

During the programme, participants looked at why inclusive communication matters, organisational ethos and values, range of communication barriers, personal experience of negative and positive communication; how to develop an inclusive communication practice. (more…)

Goodies for Good

Posted: 6 September 2016

On 2nd September 2016, the DPA had the pleasure of meeting a group of young disability advocates. Ms. Ananya Gaitonde, Mr. Aditya Gaitonde, Ms. Tanvi Mittal and Mr. Amol Mittal spent their summer vacations planning and organising a bake sale in their neighbourhood to raise money for a charitable cause.

With guidance from their parents, the four kids selected a location, decided upon a menu, shopped for the required groceries and adopted various advertising strategies to spread the word about the DPA and their bake sale. Their hard work paid off. Their bake sale received immense support from their friends and neighbours, and raised a total of $255 which was donated to the DPA.

The DPA presented them with a certificate each to recognise their hard work and effort, and spent an enjoyable afternoon sharing about our work with the kids. The DPA would like to thank Ms. Ananya Gaitonde, Mr. Aditya Gaitonde, Ms. Tanvi Mittal and Mr. Amol Mittal, and their parents, Mrs. Kanchan Gaitonde and Mrs. Shruti Mittal, for their support and generosity. It is heartening to hear such stories of altruism which once again reaffirms DPA’s view that the youth are the most passionate advocates for inclusion.


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