The AGENDA DPO Workshop, 30 November 2015 and the AICHR Regional Dialogue on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community, 1 – 3 December 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Posted: 8 December 2015

On 30 November 2015, Dr Medjeral-Mills, Executive Director of Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended a workshop on mainstreaming disability rights in the ASEAN region. The workshop was organised by AGENDA, a regional consortium of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs), and election monitoring groups in South-East Asia. Disability organisations from all the ASEAN member countries attended this workshop to discuss the upcoming ASEAN regional development plans 2016-2015, ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together. The attendees discussed cross-cutting issues that affect persons with disabilities across all the three pillars of ASEAN Community Councils. The workshop was also a great way to meet other DPOs in the region who do not usually have a chance to share best practices.

The following day, Dr Medjeral-Mills attended the ASEAN Intergovernmental Committee on Human Rights (AICHR) first Regional Dialogue on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community with the support of Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The event brought together DPOs, social welfare ministries, lawmakers, universities, UN bodies, media practitioners and corporates from ASEAN Member States. The event was also timed to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which is celebrated annually on 3rd December. (more…)

Purple Parade Appreciation Party

Posted: 27 November 2015

Mr Nicholas Aw, DPA’s President attended an event to thank volunteers, supporter, VWOs and sponsors of this year’s Purple Parade. The gathering was organised at Starbucks @ Fullerton Waterboat House. Mr Aw had this to say about the event: 

“Set against a cosy setting, with a light buffet and aromatic coffee, Denise Phua thanked everyone for their time and effort in making the PP a success. There was entertainment and some light hearted games for all participate. Friendships were forged and rekindled and I left with a warm fuzzy feeling and affirmation that if you have a passion to work towards a better inclusive society, you should make the most of every opportunity that presents itself, the PP is one such opportunity.  So to next year !”

DPA @ One Team Singapore Rally

Posted: 16 November 2015

DPA participated in the 8th ASEAN Para Games – One Team Singapore Rally at Marina Bay on 14 November 2015. The event aims to raise awareness about disability sports, in particular the ASEAN Para Games through tryouts at disability sports and meet-and-greet sessions with Team Singapore athletes. A total of 26 people represented DPA’s participation in this event. They were DPA members, staff, volunteers and members from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Federation Singapore, who is DPA’s institutional member.

Since our founding in 1986, DPA has always focused on raising general awareness about disability in hopes that Singapore will become a more inclusive society where persons with disabilities are respected and treated on an equal basis with others. Thus it was especially heartwarming to see the great turnout at this event. It was reported by the Straits Times that close to 8,000 people turned up to show their support. One Team Singapore Rally was more than just an awareness-raising event on disability sports. It was also an event that changes the public attitudes towards persons with disabilities by focusing on their abilities, not their disabilities.  (more…)

SoCh in Action’s ‘Be the Change Exposition 2015′

Posted: 16 November 2015

DPA was invited to participate in the ‘6th Annual Be the Change Exposition 2015′ organised by SoCh (Social Change) in Action. SoCh in Action is a social enterprise that focuses on empowering children to think, voice and act to address real issues in the community. They work closely with schools, social sector and educators in designing and implementing innovative programmes based on Social Innovation and Human-Centred Design. In collaboration with SoCh in Action, DPA conducted Disability Awareness Talk Series (DATS) at Westwood Secondary School and at Ngee Ann Secondary School, Singapore in May and July 2015.This event is third one in the line.

On 12 November 2015, ‘Be the Change Exposition 2015′ was held at the Suntec City Convention Centre . The theme was ‘SG50 and Next’. DPA set up two booths at this event with three interactive activities – Caption It, Spin for Access and Recycled T-Shirt bag. (more…)

Purple Parade 2015

Posted: 3 November 2015

On 31 October 2015, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) participated in the Purple Parade – a movement that supports the inclusion and celebrates the abilities of persons with special needs. DPA was one of the 35 participating contingent of the parade. A total of 61 people joined DPA’s contingent, which was comprised of DPA members, volunteers, families, friends and staff. Our contingent members wore limited edition DPA T-shirts with the slogan “30 Years of Advocacy: DPA Since 1986” to commemorate DPA’s 30 years of anniversary next year 2016 and held specially designed DPA purple fans. Four members also held placards displaying DPA’s public education posters.

DPA was happy to be part of this event and was glad to see the entire community coming together to show support for persons with special needs. It was especially heartwarming to see Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong lending his support for the event. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong even stopped by our contingent to take a picture with DPA – an honour given to a select few at the parade. (more…)

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