dbEnable: Open Minds, Open Doors

Posted: 1 December 2016

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…)

Purple Parade 2016

Posted: 16 November 2016

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

Posted: 21 October 2016

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…)

Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) World Congress 2016

Posted: 3 October 2016

Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended the second CBR World Congress, which was held on 27th – 29th September 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme for the 2nd World Congress was “CBR: Empowering and Enabling”.

Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) was initiated by the World Health Organisation as a strategy to increase access to rehabilitation services in resource-constrained settings such as rural areas and/or developing countries. Over the years the concept of CBR has expanded to become a much wider approach that has moved beyond rehabilitation alone. These days, CBR initiatives aim at improving access to opportunities and social inclusion of people with disabilities. CBR is now sometimes called Community-based Inclusive Development (CBID) because of this change in the approach.

CBR is also a very interesting approach because it is implemented through the combined efforts of people with disabilities, their families and communities, and relevant government and non-government health, education, vocational, social and other services. CBR or CBID initiatives are grass-root or bottom up programmes that actively involve the community in which they are taking place. In this sense CBR or CBID can be said to be owned and mobilised by local communities with support from a number of other stakeholders. (more…)

DPA’s 30th Anniversary Dinner on 24th September 2016

Posted: 28 September 2016

On Saturday 24th September, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) celebrated 30 years of advocating alongside persons with disabilities in Singapore. DPA was in fact the first advocacy organisation officially registered in Singapore, gazetted on 28th April 1986. 

159 members, supporters, donors and disability sector partners came together at the Royal Palm Ballroom at The Central to mark this milestone: It was an evening of reflection and celebration. The guest of honour for the evening was Ms Low Yen Ling, DPA’s new patron. Ms Low is Mayor of South West District and Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Education & Ministry of Trade and Industry. 

The event started with a tribute to DPA’s late founding President, Mr Ron Chandran-Dudley read by Master of Ceremonies, Mr Terrence Yang. There would never be enough time in one evening to go through Mr Chandran-Dudley’s life story in all its richness: Instead the tribute highlighted some of his personal journey from acquiring a disability to becoming an advocacy champion. The tribute touched on Mr Chandran-Dudley’s significant role in lobbying for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It also focused on his family life, for example, the central role in his life and legacy played by his wife, Ms Rena Chandran-Dudley. DPA is collaborating with Ethos Publishing to raise funds to publish ‘The Man With A Mission: A Life Well Lived’. Ron Chandran-Dudley was working on this book about his life when he passed away. It was finished with the help of his wife, Rena. Dinner attendees were given a copy of a chapter of this book. DPA and Ethos Publishing hope to release the book on 14 January 2017.     (more…)

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