A Voice of Our Own

Issue 14, July - Sept 2016

Dear Friends & Supporters 

Greetings from Disabled People's Association!


‘See The True Me’ Campaign

On June 3, 2016, the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) launched their first multi-year public education campaign designed to raise awareness about how to interact with persons with disabilities and be more inclusive. DPA is a partner in this campaign.

The campaign was shaped by findings from a series of surveys last year by NCSS that polled a total of 3,500 people, including caregivers of those disabilities. Findings revealed that six in 10 people with disabilities do not feel that they are socially included, accepted or given opportunities to achieve their potential. Singapore has made much progress in building accessible infrastructure, but attitudes remain a barrier to those with disabilities. Thus, this campaign is especially apt.

As a partner in this campaign, DPA will be manning the campaign website and offering disability awareness talks to interested parties. The website features local stories of everyday persons with disabilities with abilities and hobbies relatable to you and me. The aim is to encourage the public to see persons with disabilities for who they are, instead of the disability they have.  It also provides tips for interaction. In addition, DPA conducts free disability awareness talks to raise awareness about the various abilities and needs of persons with disabilities. Thus far, DPA has conducted two workshops for NCSS and four talks for organisations such as the BCA Academy and Singapore Children Society. DPA hopes that this campaign takes us one step closer to a more inclusive mindset.

Visit the campaign website: www.seethetrueme.sg

Acheiving Inclusion in Education

Check out DPA's latest publication.  Acheiving Inclusion in Education provides an overview of the educational situation of people with disabilities. It highlights the needs and concerns of students with disabilities, and provides recommendations to eliminate those barriers. It also discusses the concept of “inclusive education” and how education stakeholders can work together to make it a reality. Click here to download.

Disability Awareness Talks

Contact DPA to organise Disability Awareness Talks at your workplace to raise awareness about disabilities and the abilities of persons with disabilities. The talks (approximately 1 – 2 hours) can be customised based on your needs to help you develop a more inclusive environment in your workplace and familiarise your staff in serving customers with disabilities.  For more information, please call 6791 1284 or email answers@dpa.org.sg.


Call for Applications: Researcher-Participants for DPA-IPS Research Project

The Disabled People’s Association (DPA) and the Institute of Policy Studies of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (IPS) seek applications for the position of Researcher-participants to work on our research project entitled “Discrimination faced by persons with disabilities in the workplace.” 

The main objectives are to understand the full range of potentially unknown or invisible forms of discrimination people with disabilities face in the workplace, and to appreciate the social consequences of such actions as well as any possible economic consequences to businesses.

Ultimately, our research findings will contribute to the following three areas: 1) Enabling Masterplan; 2) DPA’s Public Education Campaign 2017; and 3) Anti-discrimination legislation.

Minimum qualifications/requirements

  • Keen interest and/or good knowledge of disability related issues
  • Good command of the English language, as well as good writing skills
  • Team player with good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Prior experience related to the field of research preferred

Application deadline

Applications should include your CV and a writing sample. Applications and enquiries should be sent to Ms Jorain Ng at advocacy@dpa.org.sg with the subject line “Applying for position of Researcher-participant in DPA-IPS Research”.

The closing date for applications is 12 August 2016.

For more information, please click here.

Advancing Inclusive Practices: Inclusive Communication Workshop

Disabled People’s Association (DPA) is proud to announce a workshop on ‘Advancing Inclusive Practices: Inclusive Communication Workshop’ 9:30am-4pm on Tuesday 20 September at DPA’s office. 

This Inclusive Communication Workshop aims to expand your thinking about inclusive communication as well as to help you to develop strategies in tackling communication barriers. This workshop builds on DPA’s previous ‘Advancing Inclusive Practices’ Workshops. 

Having inclusive communication strategies is essential for reaching out to a diverse customer or client base as well as making sure your staff are engaged. The workshop will aim to help professionals have a better understanding of ethos and values of inclusive communication, increase awareness and ability to identify communication barriers, improve knowledge of different types of inclusive communication and gain confident in applying inclusive communication in the workplace.  (more…)

Invitation to Interviews/Focus Group on Workplace Discrimination

The Disabled People’s Association (DPA) is currently conducting a research study titled, “Discrimination faced by persons with disabilities in the workplace.” The aim is to understand the full range of potentially unknown or invisible forms of discrimination through interviews, journaling and focus group discussions with persons with disabilities and their caregivers. This is a collaborative project with the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

As part of our study, DPA would like to invite you to participate in a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) at the DPA’s office, which is located at 1 Jurong West Central 2, #04-01, Jurong Point Shopping Centre, Singapore 648886. If you feel uncomfortable speaking in a group context, we can also arrange for a one-to-one interview, which will be held in October 2016 at DPA’s office.

Please see below for information on the FGD dates and target groups:

  • 6 December 2016 (Tuesday), 6-8 pm: Caregivers/parents of persons with disabilities
  • 7 December 2016 (Wednesday), 6-8 pm: Persons with disabilities
  • 8 December 2016 (Thursday), 6-8 pm: Persons with disabilities  (more…)

DPA Events

DPA & MDAS' Joint Flag Day 2016

On 23 April 2016, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) and Muscular Dystrophy Association Singapore (MDAS) jointly organised a Flag Day. Over 800 volunteers showed their support by coming out on a Saturday to collect donations at eight collection centres across Singapore. The event was a culmination of three months of hard work from both organisations and the outcome made all the effort worthwhile. DPA and MDAS recruited volunteers from secondary schools, junior colleges, tertiary institutions, voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs), clan association and companies who joined other civic-minded members of the public to work together to raise funds for both organisations.

This year was the first time both organisations piloted a Flag Day software called Project Tintin. The software was designed and developed over a span of six months by Thoughtworks, DPA and MDAS with the sole aim of improving efficiency at reporting stations and reducing paperwork. Volunteers did not have to spend their valuable time waiting to register and filling in form. Instead, they registered and returned donation tins using QR codes generated by the system. The system also provided organisers with real-time updates of all Collection Centres and movement of donation tins. This pilot program was a huge success and the plan is to further improve the software and share the final product with all VWOs. (more…)

Other Social and Networking Events

Brainstorming Workshop on a Disability Inclusive Development Guideline after ASEAN integration: Toward ASCC vision 2025

From 1st to 4th June 2016, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) was invited to participate in the Brainstorming Workshop on a Disability Inclusive Development Guideline after ASEAN integration: Toward ASCC vision 2025 in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop was organised by Thailand’s Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. Disability organisations from all the ASEAN member countries attended this workshop to discuss the implementation of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Blueprint 2025 and ASEAN Vision 2025 documents. The workshop was also a great way to meet other DPOs in the region. DPA thanks the organisers for including us in this regional workshop. DPA is regularly invited to such overseas workshops and conferences and is happy to keep up with best practices overseas.

Football With A Heart Tournament and Celebratory Dinner

On 21 May 2016, the Football With A Heart (FWAH) charity tournament was held at the National Stadium. The event was organised by Singapore Pools, iShine Staff Volunteers and the Football Association of Singapore. It is an annual charity football tournament that raises money for various charities. DPA was honoured to be one of the selected beneficiaries this year and was invited to set up a booth at the tournament.

Later in the afternoon, DPA Board of Management members, Mr Nicholas Aw and Ms Tan Keng Ying, were invited to attend the Corporate Partners Reception where they met with Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, the Minister for Social and Family Development.

On 3 June 2016, DPA Board of Management members, Mr Arsalan Ali and Ms Lily Goh, attended the Celebratory Dinner at the Singapore Sports Hub where we received a generous donation of $65,000 and met with the President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam. DPA would like to express our sincere gratitude to Singapore Pools, Football Association of Singapore and Sport Singapore for selecting DPA as one of the beneficiaries. DPA would also like to thank all donors of the football charity fundraiser, including the corporate partners. Their generous donation will go a long way in supporting DPA’s advocacy and public education initiatives.  (more…)

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