A Voice of Our Own

Issue 16, Jan - Mar 2017

Dear Friends & Supporters 

Greetings from Disabled People's Association!


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 1134 or email answers@dpa.org.sg.

DPA Events

DPA & VSA Joint Flag Day - 25 March 2017

On Saturday, 25 March 2017, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA), in conjunction with Very Special Arts (VSA) Singapore, held its annual Joint Flag Day. This Flag Day promised to be one with a difference, and both organisations delivered on that note.

DPA once again used Project Tintin, an app developed by ThoughtWorkswhich has brought the tracking of donation tins to the 21st century. Yet, this was not the same version they used last year. After piloting the app with two other voluntary welfare organisations on their Flag Days DPA and ThoughtWorks enhanced and improved it. Through the previous version of the app, the tedious, and tireless process of manually tracking donation tins was simplified through the innovative use of QR codes. By simply scanning out the tins, the organisers were able to keep track of the movement of donation tins, and have an overview of how the Flag Day was progressing. The newer version of Project Tintin has additional time-saving features, such as allowing supervisors to give a series of tins at a time and the creation of roaming stations that could re-stock collection centres that had run out of donation tins. The app also proved to be popular amongst the various organisations that came to watch it in action. (more…)

Harkin Summit 2016

Disabled People’s Association (DPA) was invited to attend the inaugural Harkin Summit in Washington, DC. Held over two days on 8-9 December 2016, the Harkin International Disability Employment Summit brought together stakeholders from many sectors including businesses, ranging from smaller to larger companies, civil society, social enterprises, institutions of higher learning, Government and disability advocates. The Summit brought together over 180 stakeholders from 31 countries to focus on employment for persons with disabilities because it is the key to independence and economic sustainability.

The Harkin Summit is the passion project of retired Senator Tom Harkin, who has a long history of driving the disability movement in the United States of America. He was a key to the realisation of the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act. (more…)


Music Gives Back Concert

On 4 December 2016, Disabled People’s Association (DPA) was invited to a festive concert with performances by Ms Dawn Toh and her musical students and friends.

The concert was held at the black box theatre, Goodman Arts Centre. In line with the theme of the concert ‘Music Gives Back’, DPA was nominated as the beneficiary for the concert. Mr Desmond Choo, Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC was the Guest of Honour at the event.

DPA President, Mr Nicholas Aw Wee Chong, DPA Vice-President, Ms Judy Wee, DPA Hon. Secretary, Ms Chang Siew-Ngoh and DPA Treasurer, Ms Sherena Loh were there representing DPA’s Board of Management. From DPA’s membership, Ms Margaret See, Ms Noraini Binte Adnan, Mr Ng Ruenn Sheng, Mr Chia Teck Seng Joseph and their families attended. DPA’s Advocacy Consultant, Ms Asha Karen was also there to represent DPA’s staff.

DPA attendees along with the performer’s families and friends enjoyed beautiful and accomplished music played by Dawn and her students and friends. It was indeed a delightful evening and ended with a heartfelt note spreading the joy of this festive season.

Dawn and her fellow performers aimed to raise $10,000 from their concert for DPA to further its cause and ended up surpassing that goal with donations totalling $12,352.10. (more…)

dbEnable: Open Minds, Open Doors

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…)

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