Purple Fiesta

Posted: 8 June 2015

On 29 May 2015, PURPLE FIESTA, an event supporting inclusion of people with disabilities in Singapore, was organised by Team Echo of Temasek Junior College, Singapore together with Disabled people’s Association, Singapore. The event was conducted at Temasek Junior College from 3 to 7.30pm, with Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills, the Executive Director of DPA declaring the opening of the PURPLE FIESTA. While addressing the student community, she also shared how students can help work towards an inclusive society.

At the Purple Fiesta students and DPA set up booths offering information on inclusion, interaction with DPA members, free refreshments, games, song dedication, a mural where you can show support for inclusion with your thumbprint, purple merchandise as well as live performances. The simulation gameplay Xcape was popular with the student and had a long queue of eager participants. In this game one can experience what it might feel like to be a person with disabilities. The participants shared that this game helped them to understand the needs and concerns of people with disabilities better. Many students approached the DPA booth to know more about our initiatives and projects as well as find out how they can volunteer with DPA.


Regional Workshop on “Initiators for Self-Help Groups of Persons with Disabilities Towards Rights-Based and Sustainable Community Development”

Posted: 29 May 2015

From 10 to 23 May 2015, two members from the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) participated in a training workshop on “Initiators for Self-Help Groups of Persons with Disabilities Towards Rights-Based and Sustainable Community Development” in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop was organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of Bangkok Thailand, and sponsored by Japan-ASEAN Integration fund.

The workshop aimed to equip persons with disabilities with the knowledge to strengthen a self-help group or organisation. It also served as a forum for persons with disabilities and Government officials to meet and share experiences on self-help groups, sustainable development and possible financial opportunities. Participants came from all ASEAN member states. (more…)

Accessibility Sharing Session II

Posted: 28 April 2015

On 25 April 2015, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) held an Accessibility Sharing Session II at OnePeople.sg for the Deaf community in Singapore to share their thoughts about Deaf rights, particularly the right on access to information. A total of 32 people joined the session, including DPA staff members, The Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) members, sign language interpreters and other hearing members of public.

The session commenced with a brief introduction/welcome speech by Jorain Ng, DPA’s Advocacy Executive. Yeo Chi Jin Alfred then educated the audience about Deaf rights, particularly their right on access to information by referring to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, specifically Article Nine on access to information, which Singapore ratified in 2013. Alfred then spoke about the Enabling Masterplan 2012-2016 and some of the Government provisions for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing such as the induction loop system in selected buildings and the Emergency Short Messaging Service (SMS). Following that, Alfred highlighted some of the issues faced by the Deaf community and also went through basic factors that guarantee Deaf rights: sign language, captioning services, visual information and service providers. (more…)

Pioneer Heartbeat Day

Posted: 9 April 2015

On 8 April 2015, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) participated in the Pioneer Heartbeat Day – an event organised by the Pioneer Junior College Interact Club for the student population to learn about the various social/welfare organisations in Singapore. From 1 pm to 3:30 pm, DPA manned a booth at Pioneer Junior College, showcasing our publications and sharing information about DPA and the various volunteering opportunities available.

DPA is glad to see students expressing interest to volunteer and do their part for society. Cultivating the mindset of inclusion should start from young, and will go a long way in building an inclusive Singapore society. DPA thanks the Pioneer Interact Club for organising such a meaningful event, and looks forward to participating in more of such events.

Anyone who would like to volunteer with DPA can register online here.

Advanced Soap Making Class

Posted: 26 March 2015

On 21 March 2015, Disabled People’s Association (DPA) held an advanced soap-making class at DPA’s premises from 3 pm to 6 pm. The class was run by two SOHO Nature trainers, Ken Ong and Keith Ong. SOHO Nature is a social enterprise that aims to empower individuals with the ability to run their own home based businesses, and to assist marginalised communities in society to have better lives.

A total of eight persons attended the class, including DPA staff, members, volunteers and caregivers. Participants were paired up, and were first taught to make customised lollipop soaps. Participants also received an instruction manual that lists the ingredients and tool required, and preparation steps and procedures. Participants also learned to make their own soapy cupcake scrubs. By the end of the class, everyone has soaps customised to their own preferences, and could bring them home as gifts or souvenirs. (more…)

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