Executive Summary of Feedback Session on 14 February 2015

Posted: 11 March 2015

On 14 February 2015, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) held a feedback session on transport and employment at DPA premises from 10:30 am to 3 pm. A total of 25 people attended the session, including DPA members, staff, volunteers, and other members of the public. Of the 25 people, 14 were people with different types of disabilities. The following report is a summary of all responses from our members.

DPA members prefer travelling by specialised transport, but they travel on public transport more often because of the low cost. As frequent public transport commuters, DPA members expressed general dissatisfaction with the bus and taxi services. Most members complained about the attitudes of bus captains and taxi drivers, and the reckless driving of some bus captains. DPA members using wheelchairs were also concerned about the poor maintenance of lifts and escalators and lack of emergency backup procedures at MRT stations. DPA members suggested that transport service operators provide sensitivity training for all staff, and hire bus wardens to provide assistance to those in need. (more…)

DPA Feedback Session on Transport and Employment

Posted: 24 February 2015

On 14 February 2015, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) held a feedback session on transport and employment at DPA’s premises. The purpose of this session was to gather as much insight as possible into the issues faced by persons with disabilities while commuting on trains, buses and/or taxis, as well as the barriers faced in seeking and maintaining employment. 

A total of 25 people attended the session, including DPA members, volunteers, staff, and other members of the public wishing to learn more about the issues faced by persons with disabilities. (more…)

GLUE Conference 2015 and Workshop at SMU

Posted: 10 February 2015

On 3 February 2015, Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended a conference on Education for Inclusive Workspaces held at the Singapore Management University (SMU). The GLUE conference was jointed organised by SPD and SMU’s Diversity and Inclusion team.

The conference commenced with an opening address and welcome speeches from the President of SMU, Mr Arnoud De Meyer, the President of SPD, Ms Chia Yong Yong, and the Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Communications and Information, Ms Sim Ann. The Associate Director at University of Arizona’s Disability Resource Centre, Dr Amanda Kraus, then shared her knowledge on the issues facing persons with disabilities. (more…)

Access to Music for All Discovery Evening

Posted: 5 February 2015

On 28 January 2015, 7 pm to 9 pm, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) attended the Access to Music for All Discovery Evening at Raffles Girls Secondary School, KS Chee Theatre. The aim of the event was to give participants an appreciation of the power of Assistive Music Technology to enable music access to all.

After a welcome speech by Ms Michelle Lee, Founder and Director of I’m Soul Inc, and Mrs Carmee Lim, a former Raffles Girls’ School principal, about the importance of music for healing, enjoyment and enrichment, there was a musical demonstration by three Assistive Music Technology Facilitators – Mr Kelvin, Mr William and Ms Lily. They are visually impaired and had no musical background. Yet they could produce melodious music by simply pressing or squeezing an electronic device called the Skoog. (more…)

DPA Outing to S.E.A. Aquarium

Posted: 26 January 2015

On 23 January 2015, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) went to S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa to enjoy the aquarium as well as give feedback on how the experience was for visitors with disabilities. DPA partnered with the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) to organise this event, with ANZ kindly volunteering manpower on the day and covering the ticket costs of all participants.

A total of 135 people participated in the event, including DPA members, ANZ staff members, and DPA’s institutional members – the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) and Down Syndrome Association (DSA).

At 2:15 pm, DPA organised all participants into teams, with each team comprising of at least eight persons with disabilities and four to five ANZ members to encourage social interaction between the two groups. DPA also appointed a team captain for each team to lead the teams safely and smoothly in and out of the large aquarium. After the teams were formed, everyone entered the aquarium to enjoy the marine world. (more…)

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