Advocacy & IT Initiatives 2010

Posted: 31 December 2010

Advocacy

Accessibility Code Working Committee

Judy Wee, Hon Secretary is representing DPA in an on-going committee set up by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) to review the Code on Accessibility in the Built Environment 2007.

  • Round Table Discussion (RTD)
    DPA facilitated a RTD in partnership with Special Needs Trust Fund on 15th November, 2010. The purpose of the RTD meeting was to discuss the viability of extending the current trust fund to allow for low income families to benefit. 
Workshops and Presentations
  • Good Shepherd Convent Kindergarten
    30 March, 2011. DPA Board member Paul Yuen gave a talk about DPA and about disability issues. This resulted in the Kindergarten donating $3,689.10 to DPA.
  • Jurong Junior College
    Board member Paul Yuen gave a presentation about the work of DPA and understanding people with disabilities on 13 October 2010.
  • DPA Members Training
    Board member Paul Yuen provided training to DPA members. The training focused on public speaking and was called BEST (Basic, Effective Speaking Training).
Public Awareness
  • Singapore Management University Disability Awareness Camp
    WEnable organised Camp Valente, a two-day camp held at Pathlight School on the 23 & 24th of October 2010. DPA members provided SMU with support and guidance. This was the first Disability Awareness Camp in Singapore, and SMU is aiming to receive MOE endorsement to continue these camps.
  • National Youth Council Conference
    DPA was invited to give a presentation to potential youth volunteers and leaders. DPA’s Manager Regana Mydin gave a presentation about DPA and disability issues on 23 October 2010.

IT Programme and Projects

PC Refurbishing Project

The PC refurbishment programme aims to empower people with disabilities to be equipped with basic IT skills and use computers to access the wider world of knowledge through the Internet. DPA accepts donations of PCs, refurbishes them and sells them to members, people with disabilities and families from low-income backgrounds. DPA is a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher and Microsoft has allowed DPA to widen its PC Refurbishment scheme to sell PCs to the general public.

The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Ltd. donated 26 PCs on 21 May 2010. Board member Lee Kiat donated 26 brand new adaptors. Walt Disney Corporate donated 20 PCs on 6 October 2010. A total of 54 refurbished PCs were distributed between April 2009 and March 2010.

DPA would like to thank its team of volunteers who assisted with the PC Refurbishment programme and to those companies and organisations who donated PCs over the past year.

IT Workshops

DPA’s IT Executive, Naveena Srividhya, conducted IT training for DPA members on 25 October, 2010 at DPA’s office. The training covered ‘Web Browser Fundamentals’ and the members were given hands-on training.