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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Social Impact Week

Posted: 11 March 2016

On 18 and 19 January 2016, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) participated in the Social Impact Week 2016, an initiative organised by GO (Welfare Services club Growth and opportunities Committee) of the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU). Social Impact Week aimed to encourage collaboration between NTU Clubs, social enterprises and other external organisations to promote the spirit of social involvement and also to create awareness of social causes. The event influenced participants to be more active contributors to the society.

At the event, DPA set up a booth to raise awareness about how people with disabilities can be included into the society. Many students visited DPA’s booth and showed interest to volunteer for DPA’s advocacy initiatives. They were excited to play the ‘spin for access’ game that tests one’s knowledge of different accessibility symbols. Some student groups like NTU WSC Regular Service Project for the Intellectually Disabled (RSPID) expressed interest to work collaboratively with DPA. DPA was also invited for the talk session held at NTU South Spine LT24 on 19 January 2016, which discussed about inclusion at Institutions of Higher Learning. DPA was glad to be a part of this meaningful event and looks forward to reaching out to NTU’s student community.  (more…)

‘More Than Dis’ Campaign

Posted: 11 March 2016

On 5 March 2016, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended the flagship event of ‘More Than Dis’ campaign. The campaign was initiated by a trio of undergraduates from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information, with the goal of strengthening inclusion of persons with disabilities in Singapore. A total of 78 people attended the event, including Member of Parliament, Ms Tin Pei Ling.

As part of their campaign, the team put up a photo exhibition showcasing the stories of seven employees with disabilities. There was also a sharing session by representatives from DPA, SPD (formerly Society for the Physically Disabled) and Pizza Hut Singapore on the topic of inclusive workplaces. After that, some members of the audience tried their hands at making rojak in a workshop led by Dignity Kitchen. (more…)

Feedback Sessions on Education and Healthcare

Posted: 22 February 2016

On 23 January and 17 February 2016, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) conducted two feedback sessions on the provision of education and healthcare services for persons with disabilities in Singapore. These sessions were held at the Muscular Dystrophy Association Singapore (MDAS) and DPA’s offices. The purpose was to gain insights into the issues persons with disabilities face when accessing healthcare and educations services and to collect primary data for two information booklets on the education and healthcare sector.

A total of 37 people attended the feedback sessions. They were disability professionals, persons with disabilities, parents and caregivers of persons with disabilities, and volunteers. DPA would like to thank all participants for taking the time to share their expertise and experiences with us. Their responses are important in providing a complete and useful data on the project as well as contributing to the larger goal of helping meet the educational and healthcare needs of persons with disabilities.  (more…)

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