‘More Than Dis’ Campaign

Posted: 11 March 2016

On 5 March 2016, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended the flagship event of ‘More Than Dis’ campaign. The campaign was initiated by a trio of undergraduates from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information, with the goal of strengthening inclusion of persons with disabilities in Singapore. A total of 78 people attended the event, including Member of Parliament, Ms Tin Pei Ling.

As part of their campaign, the team put up a photo exhibition showcasing the stories of seven employees with disabilities. There was also a sharing session by representatives from DPA, SPD (formerly Society for the Physically Disabled) and Pizza Hut Singapore on the topic of inclusive workplaces. After that, some members of the audience tried their hands at making rojak in a workshop led by Dignity Kitchen. (more…)

Feedback Sessions on Education and Healthcare

Posted: 22 February 2016

On 23 January and 17 February 2016, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) conducted two feedback sessions on the provision of education and healthcare services for persons with disabilities in Singapore. These sessions were held at the Muscular Dystrophy Association Singapore (MDAS) and DPA’s offices. The purpose was to gain insights into the issues persons with disabilities face when accessing healthcare and educations services and to collect primary data for two information booklets on the education and healthcare sector.

A total of 37 people attended the feedback sessions. They were disability professionals, persons with disabilities, parents and caregivers of persons with disabilities, and volunteers. DPA would like to thank all participants for taking the time to share their expertise and experiences with us. Their responses are important in providing a complete and useful data on the project as well as contributing to the larger goal of helping meet the educational and healthcare needs of persons with disabilities.  (more…)

Social Service Research Network 2016

Posted: 18 February 2016

On 16 February 2016, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended the Social Service Research Network (SSRN) at the Lifelong Learning Institute. The event was jointly organised by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and the National Council of Social Services (NCSS).

The theme for this year’s event was “Transforming Research into Solutions.” The event brought together representatives from academic and private institutions, research centres and voluntary welfare organisations who shared their thoughts and experiences on how research findings can be translated to actionable insights with implications for policy and practice. DPA was glad to see academics, practitioners and policymakers coming together to discuss the importance of research in policy development. As an advocacy organisation, DPA has always called for more practice research to be done either through collaborations with academics or by practitioners themselves to improve disability services. DPA has learned a lot from this symposium and would like to commend IPS and NCSS for organising this educational and insightful event.

AbleThrive Launch in Singapore

Posted: 5 February 2016

On 2 February 2016, Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended “Live Well & Thrive”, an event featuring panel discussion, networking and the launch of AbleThrive in Singapore. AbleThrive is a global platform that shares articles and videos offering stories and advice relating to living well with a disability.

Founder and Executive Director, Brittany Martin Déjean, introduced the evening and moderated the interactive panel discussion which covered real-life experiences relating to disability and prompted cross-sector conversations on ‪‎inclusion. The panel members were Judy Wee (DPA Board member), Norrizwan Rasip and Eric Ting. Two of the panel acquired their disability; the remaining member was born with a disability. In response to questions from the floor, the panellists shared their views on the importance of support by friends and family, attempting to find employment, interacting with people without disabilities, inclusion in mainstream education, the desire to participate in sport (not just spectate), how the disability landscape has changed over the years, their wishlist for the future.

Towards the close of the evening AbleThrive was officially launched by gold medallist para swimmer, Theresa Goh. Audience and panel members continued exchanging information and stories over refreshments. (more…)

DPA @ Gardens by the Bay

Posted: 3 February 2016

On 29 January 2016, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) visited Gardens by the Bay. A total of 14 DPA members, staff and volunteers were treated to a guided tour of the Dahlia Dream Floral Display at the Flower Dome. The Flower Dome was specially designed with lofty mountains, flowing water, Chinese pavilions and blooming dahlias to celebrate the Year of the Monkey. DPA also had the opportunity to visit “The Future of Us” Exhibition – an immersive and multi-sensory experience that offers a glimpse into the possibilities of how Singaporeans can live, work, play and care and learn in the future.

DPA had a great time at Gardens by the Bay. DPA was pleased to note that both attractions are wheelchair accessible and on-site transport can be arranged for those with mobility issues who want to travel from the Flower Dome to the “The Future of Us” Exhibition. DPA would also like to give a shout out to our tour guides for the informative tour around the Flower Dome.  (more…)

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