This year DPA has written to various newspapers commenting on accessibility issues for persons with disabilities. In an article by Today newspaper on the 26th January 2013, DPA Vice-President, Ms Judy Wee, made suggestions for improvements to walkways between MRT stations and bus tops and nearby residential blocks as well as asking for more wheelchair accessible feeder buses.
In a letter to the Straits Times newspaper, published on the 2nd February 2013, DPA urged the public to be aware of the needs of people with disabilities and to keep pedestrian paths and facilities for those with disabilities clear of obstructions. In that letter DPA also encouraged the public to take pictures of both accessible and inaccessible public facilities, entrances and building features, and upload them onto the Share What's Friendly! page of the Our Friendly Built Environment Portal website, which is run by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).
Responding to an incident in which Mr Kua Cheng Hock, who is visually impaired, was not allowed to board a Tiger airways flight with his guide dog, DPA wrote to the Straits Times newspaper. In a letter published on the 20th February 2013, DPA questioned Tiger’s policy of not allowing guide dogs on its international flights when other Singapore based airlines, such as Singapore Airlines, allow guide dogs on all their flights. DPA asked for clarification from Tiger Airways about the reasoning behind its policy against guide dogs. No clarification was forthcoming.
DPA was asked for a comment on the recent car loan curbs and the proposed exemption for person with disabilities by the Straits Times newspaper. In the article published on the 13th March DPA member, Mr Lim Puay Tiak, and DPA President, Mr Nicholas Aw, gave their comments on the scheme voicing their generally positive view on it.
In an article on more companies hiring people with special needs, The New Paper, 1st April 2013, DPA highlighted the need to look a person’s suitability to a job role, rather than the disability alone. In addition DPA said that hiring persons with disabilities is not just about giving back to society, but rather you are helping these people integrate better into society.
Most recently, DPA’s Vice-President, Ms Judy Wee, was pictured testing out an accessible building feature in the article ‘Buildings to be more accessible, inclusive with revised code’, published on the 2nd April 2013 in the Today newspaper.