Posted: 11 May 2018

On Saturday, 14th April 2018, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) held its very first independent Flag Day on its own. This Flag Day promised to be one that is innovative and different from past ones, and this was achieved with our Disability Awareness Talks and Activities led by our Inclusion Ambassadors before and after Flag Day to inculcate inclusion with participating schools and organisations.

This year, DPA used Project Tintin 3.0, an app developed by ThoughtWorks in its third phase now, to track the movement of donation tins across the island. Through Project Tintin, the tedious, and tireless process of manually tracking donation tins is now 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 app also proved to be popular amongst the various voluntary welfare organisations that came to help us out as station supervisors.

Out and about in all parts of Singapore, our amazing group of volunteer Flag Sellers – both persons with / without disabilities – set out into the blistering sun and then torrential rain with their donation tins to spread the word about DPA’s Flag Day, and encourage the public to donate to the cause of inclusion. This year we had students from Tampines Secondary School, Yuan Ching Secondary School, Marsiling Secondary School, and Bukit Panjang Government High School volunteering with us as Flag Sellers, as well as very enthusiastic volunteers from Hua Yuan Association. We would like to thank all our Flag Sellers for putting in a great effort to raise funds for the work of DPA in the disability community. (more…)

True Colors Festival, 23-25 March 2018

Posted: 27 April 2018

Do you appreciate music with your ears or your eyes? Do you feel the true emotions of a dancer in your heart? Do the lyrics so beautifully sung by a vocalist echo your own hopes and dreams?

A celebration of all the senses, the True Colours Festival brings together some of the world’s foremost artistes and performing talents with disabilities in a multi-faceted celebration of talent. This inaugural Asia Pacific festival of music, dance and the arts featured an international conference, an outdoor festival of inclusion, and a unique, world-class indoor multimedia concert experience.

DPA participated as a partner in the outdoor festival of inclusion over the 3 days event and had the wonderful opportunity to meet many members of public from different walks of life – from caregivers, to volunteers, to teachers, and also Kiss 92 Radio DJ Shan Wee – who were curious to learn about the different disabilities and how they can help build a more inclusive community. Our Inclusion Ambassadors and volunteers engaged with participants through interactive activities designed to simulate various disabilities, and all who came through our booth left with a renewed mindset. (more…)

CRPD Workshop, 21 – 22 Mar 2018

Posted: 9 April 2018

On 21st and 22nd March 2018, the Disabled People’s Association (DPA), and Center for Ars Vivendi of Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto, Japan) co-organised a workshop for advocates with disabilities. The workshop focussed on preparing and submitting a Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Parallel Report. Professor Nagase Osamu, Eminent Professor of Ritsumeikan University, ran the workshop and shared his experience of working on CRPD Parallel Reports.

Singapore signed the United Nations CRPD on 30th November 2012. The Agreement was then ratified on 18 July 2013 and came into effect for Singapore on 18 August 2013. The Government submitted its first report to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 13 July 2016. Article 33 of the CRPD states that persons with disabilities shall be involved and participate fully in the monitoring process of the CRPD implementation. (more…)

Tote Board 30th Anniversary – A Good Day Out

Posted: 21 February 2018

Tote Board commemorated 30 Years of Giving with “A Good Day Out” on 10 February 2018! As one of the partners, Disabled People’s Association spent the day at this all-inclusive carnival held at Gardens by the Bay. This milestone event which brought together more than 15,000 beneficiaries and members of the public was graced by Guest of Honor Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and dedicated to the beneficiaries and social service organizations who partnered with Tote Board to give hope and improve the lives of all in Singapore.

Our Inclusion Ambassadors and volunteers arrived bright and early to set up our E-DATS (Experiential Disability Awareness) booth showcasing three different types of disabilities – General Awareness & Sensory, Autism, and Psycho-social. Aiming to raise awareness and encourage better understanding between persons with and without disabilities, our disability-specific booths offered interactive and experiential activities such as wheelchair challenge, lip reading, signing and experiential goggles. All who came by our booth engaged in a fun time of learning through problem solving exercises led by our Inclusion Ambassadors, and supported by our volunteers. Inclusion Ambassadors are DPA members with disabilities who are trained to engage with various target groups and raise awareness on disability. (more…)

AWARE and DPA call for stronger protection against employment discrimination

Posted: 14 February 2018

14 February 2018 – Gender equality group AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research) and disability advocacy group DPA (Disabled People’s Association) have called for stronger protection against employment discrimination in a joint submission to the public consultation on the Employment Act review.

“We welcome this public consultation and strongly encourage that the Employment Act be extended to all employees in Singapore, regardless of position, type of contract, or salary earned,” said Corinna Lim, AWARE’s Executive Director. “We hope that existing provisions can be strengthened and new protections be introduced to better guarantee the rights of workers, especially vulnerable employees.”

Specifically, AWARE and DPA call for employers to be prohibited in discriminating on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, religion, congenital or acquired disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, and family or other caregiving responsibilities. (more…)

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