DPA Annual General Meeting 2015

Posted: 17 September 2015

The Disabled People’s Association (DPA) 28th Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Wednesday, 9 September 2015. Members came early to enjoy a pre-AGM buffet dinner and mingling session. A total of 39 people attended the AGM, including DPA staff, members, institutional members, one volunteer and one sign-language interpreter. DPA was especially honoured to have Mr Ron Chandran-Dudley, the founder of both DPA and Disabled People’s International, attend the AGM. There were enough DPA members present to satisfy the quorum requirements.

Before the meeting started, a group of students from Temasek Junior College handed over the money raised from their school-based event called the Purple Fiesta to DPA’s President, Mr Nicholas Aw Wee Chong.  The total money raised was $3964.56. DPA thanks Temasek Junior College for their hard work and effort, and for choosing DPA to be their beneficiary. The funds will help to support DPA’s advocacy initiatives. (more…)

Community Chest Heartstrings Walk 2015

Posted: 14 August 2015

On 7 August 2015, 30 DPA staff, volunteers, friends and family participated in the Community Chest Heartstrings Walk 2015 at Marina Bay Sands. The walk was for everyone to join in and celebrate Singapore as an inclusive and giving nation. 

At the event, there was a family carnival with fun activities for kids, a competitive race up 57 levels to reach Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, and a special drumming activity which saw beneficiaries, corporate volunteers, and the community coming together to create one rhythm signifying the united heartbeat of one Singapore. DPA also met and mingled with two Members of Parliament – Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Teo Chee Hean, and Minister Tan Chuan-Jin.  (more…)

Purple Symphony

Posted: 31 July 2015

DPA was invited to the launch of the Purple Symphony on 31 July at the Singapore Conference Hall. The Purple Symphony is an inclusive orchestra made up of musicians with and without disabilities. The Purple Symphony has eighty-three members aged between four and fifty-eight, with sixty-seven musicians who have special needs. One of the members is DPA’s Board of Management member and percussionist, Ms Lily Goh.

DPA President, Mr Nicholas Aw, and DPA Executive Director attended the event and were treated a performance of five pieces of music. The choice of music was as diverse as the make up of the orchestra, ranging from a piece from a Chinese blockbuster to classic Malay and Indian tunes. During the pieces, there were solo performances by Ms Stephanie Ow, an erhu player with a visual disability, and Mr Aloysius Wong, 16, who performed a drum solo and is a Pathlight School student.  (more…)

Regional Workshop on Community-Rehabilitation: The Way Forward to Sustainable Development in ASEAN

Posted: 29 July 2015

From 19 to 25 July 2015, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) participated in the Regional Workshop on Community-Rehabilitation: The Way Forward to Sustainable Development in ASEAN. The workshop served as a platform to share best practices on community-based rehabilitation (CBR) among the ASEAN member states and create a roadmap to strengthen CBR implementation in the ASEAN region. The workshop was participated by all ASEAN member states and China, South Korea and Japan. Delegates came from various sectors such as the Government, non-government organisations and disabled people’s organisations.

During the workshop, DPA had the chance to visit an independent living centre at Nakorn Pathom Province, a Home for Disabled Babies (Ban FeungFah), and a Vocational Development Centre for Disabled Persons. The field visit was useful in shedding light on the social welfare situation in Thailand. In particular, DPA learned that when there is an implementation gap between the law and practice, people with disabilities work as advocates to empower other persons with disabilities and mobilise the resources within the community. (more…)

Advancing Inclusive Practices: How to plan and deliver Inclusion training

Posted: 25 June 2015

Inclusion Cultivation is a course designed by the Disabled People’s Association’s (DPA) former Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, Nina Munday, to provide trainers or potential trainers a step-by-step guide on how to plan and deliver diversity and inclusion training.

The learning outcomes of this course are:

  • Better understanding of the purpose of diversity and inclusion training
  • Better knowledge of techniques in delivering diversity and inclusion training
  • More confidence in promoting diversity and inclusion
  • More confidence in engaging with a wide-ranging audience (more…)
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