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…)
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…)
On 29th November, Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended Open Minds – Open Doors, an evening of inspiration, celebration, entertainment, and networking. The annual event was organised by dbEnable Singapore, which is part of Deutsche Bank’s global diversity initiative tasked with building a strong inclusive workplace culture. Previous years speakers included Caroline Casey, founder of Kanchi and a TED Talk presenter in 2014, and Chia Yong Yong, President of SPD and Nominated Member of Parliament in 2015.
This year Theresa Goh, Paralympic Medallist, spoke about overcoming setbacks and how she prepared for the Rio Paralympics. Brittany Déjean, AbleThrive founder, also shared her family’s experience with disability after her father’s spinal cord injury. She also shared what she has learned about how to respectfully engage with and integrate an employee with a disability into the workplace.
Guests were also treated to ‘Signing Hands’, an original song by cousins Tham Yin May and Isabelle Lim. Isabelle signed the song, whilst Yin May sung the lyrics and played the guitar. The song shared Isabelle’s wish for greater inclusion of those who are deaf. (more…)
Disabled People’s Association (DPA) was proud once again to participate in the Purple Parade on 5 November 2016. The Purple Parade is the largest movement in Singapore that supports inclusion, and celebrates the abilities of persons with special needs. For the past three years, the event had been held at Hong Lim Park. This time, Purple Parade made its way to the heart of the city as thousands gathered at Suntec City to celebrate abilities and support inclusion. More than 10,000 people dressed in purple, despite the rain, to show their support.
Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam was the guest of honour at the event. DPA President, Mr Nicholas Aw Wee Chong, and DPA Executive Director, Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills, and other DPA Board members, members, volunteers and staff came together with Cognizant Technology Solutions Asia Pacific Pte Ltd to enthusiastically take part in the Purple Parade.
DPA’s Patron Ms Low Yen Ling , Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Education & Ministry of Trade and Industry and Mayor of South West CDC, was also was present to support the Purple Parade. (more…)
TechSociety – SG Enable Education for Livelihood Training for persons with disabilities was conducted on 7, 8 and 15 October 2016 at Disabled People’s Association. Tech Society is an education and technology organisation based in Singapore that looks to the ideas of tomorrow to solve today’s problems with tech education.
The training aimed at enhancing employability and encouraging entrepreneurship among people with disabilities. The main modules of the training focused on communication, personal effectiveness, digital marketing, business and entrepreneurship.
Participants learned various aspects of communication, personal effectiveness, innovation, enterprise, web design and business pitching fundamentals. The innovative and activity-based approach employed by the trainers encouraged participants to discover transforming ideas and actionable solutions. Most of the participants rated the training as very good. One participant mentioned that the trainers shared interesting perspectives and another participant commented that training was awesome and outstanding. (more…)