A Voice of Our Own

Issue 11, Oct - Dec 2015

Dear Friends & Supporters 

Greetings from Disabled People's Association!

What's New

DPA's Glossary of Disability Terminology

DPA’s Glossary of Disability Terminology lists terms that are related to disability with a short description and links to website for further information. 

The DPA would like to make the glossary as exhaustive as possible, but at the same time it is simply not possible to include every disability-related term in one publication. However, if you think DPA has missed out a term that you think should be included in this glossary or would like to suggest a correction please send your feedback to info@dpa.org.sg

Please Note: Disabled People’s Association (DPA) has updated and replaced the  Dictionary of Disability Terminology with the a new Glossary of Disability Terminology. The decision to move from a dictionary to a glossary format was made to ensure DPA’s publication’s keep up with the evolving needs of its audience. DPA believes that a glossary would be more user-friendly and accessible. The main difference between the older dictionary and this glossary is that the glossary focuses on the meaning and use of a disability-related term, rather than on how it is pronounced. In addition, DPA has taken out negative disability terminology from this glossary preferring to focus on more appropriate and positive terminology.

To download the glossary of disability terminology, click here. 

Coming Up

DPA's Feedback Session on 14 November 2015

DPA will be holding a feedback session on Saturday, 14 November 2015 to gain insights into the issues faced by persons with disabilities accessing healthcare services and educational services, and to note any good inclusive practices in healthcare and education. At the group forum, a DPA staff will ask a series of questions concerning the accessibility of educational and healthcare services. Participants can then respond with their experiences. 

There are two sessions and you are welcome to attend both or choose one. Please indicate your preferred session. If you have no preference and wish to attend both, indicate that as well. Each session will last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

•    10 am – 12 pm: Feedback session on education

•    12 pm – 1 pm: Lunch break

•    1 pm – 3 pm: Feedback session on healthcare 

Both sessions will be held at DPA’s office, 1 Jurong West Central 2, #04-01 Jurong Point Shopping Centre, Singapore 648886. Lunch will be provided. 

If you would like to attend, kindly RSVP by 6 November 2015 to info@dpa.org.sg or contact DPA at 6791 1134 with your name, contact details and the session you wish to attend. Anyone can participate. 

Thank you, and we hope to see you at our feedback session! 

Purple Parade 2015

The Purple Parade celebrations for 2015 is back bigger and stronger than ever before. 

Last year, on 15 November 2014, more than 5000 people got together at Hong Lim Park to send a strong message to the rest of Singapore. Disability organisations called for Singapore to support inclusion and celebrate abilities of persons with special needs. The Disabled People’s Association was one of the 85 participating contingents. 

This year DPA wants to reunite with its fellow disability organisations at the Purple Parade and asks all its members to be part of the event. We would love for as many DPA members as possible to be part of the DPA contingent that will be part of the parade on the day. Friends, family, partners, volunteers and donors are more than welcome to join us. The more the merrier! Once you sign up for the event, we will share more details about exactly how we will participate in the parade.  (more…)

ASEAN Para Games - 3 Dec 2015

On 3 December 2015 Singapore will host the ASEAN Para Games. Disabled People’s Association (DPA) will be attending the opening ceremony and the games to support athletes with disabilities and especially to cheer on its members who are competing for the home team. To find out how you can pre-register for FREE tickets please go to the ASEAN Para Games website at: https://www.aseanparagames2015.com/get-involved/ticketing. 

The games start on 3 December with an opening ceremony at the Indoor Stadium to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The closing ceremony will beat Marina Bay Sands on the 9 December. There are many sports to go and see including archery, athletics, badminton, boccia, chess, football 5-a-side, cerebral palsy football, goalball, power lifting   , sailing, shooting, swimming, tenpin bowling, table tennis and wheelchair basketball. Look out for more information about the games and profiles of ASEAN Para Games athletes on DPA’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/DisabledPeoplesAssociation/. 

Get involved and support the ASEAN Para Games by spreading the word on your social media. 

  • Snap a photo with your right hand over your left shoulder to back up APG.
  • Tag the games on:


Instagram: @apg_2015

Twitter: @apg_2015 

  • Post the photo using the hashtag #backupAPG2015. 


DPA Annual General Meeting 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…)

China-ASEAN Disability Forum

From 16 September to 18 September 2015, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended the China-ASEAN Disability Forum at Nanning, China. The event was jointly organised by the Disabled Persons’ Federation of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and the Secretariat of China-ASEAN Expo, and sponsored by China Disabled Persons’ Federation and the People’s Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The forum was a high-level platform of exchange in the disability field between representatives from China and ASEAN member states. They were delegates from the Government and disability-oriented non-governmental organisations.  (more…)

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