Christmas Celebration with Great Eastern Life

Posted: 8 December 2017

The Christmas season is around the corner and we were feeling the festive spirit here at DPA too as 18 volunteers from Great Eastern Life took time out to enjoy the holidays with our members!

Together with their children, the Great Eastern volunteers arrived bright and early on 17 November to decorate the event room with balloons and streamers, in hope of welcoming and bringing good cheer to our members.

Once all members arrived, the celebrations kick-started with a quick round of ice-breakers where both members and volunteers had to guess various disability symbols. Following which, members and volunteers tried their hand at Christmas craft activities, making Cinnamon Christmas Tree Ornaments and Paper Snowflake Cutouts. Assistance was rendered to one another, whether it was in the aspect of creative juices or nimble fingers. And what is a Christmas celebration without a Christmas jingle? Keng Ying, our Deaf friend, taught everyone song-signing to “Jingle Bells”. Joyous chatter and laughter filled the air throughout the morning! (more…)

Disability in the City – Sharing Session for Students from Paris

Posted: 20 November 2017

On 13 November 2017, DPA conducted a disability awareness talk for students from the Paris Engineering School (EIVP), based in Paris, France. These twenty five engineering students visited Singapore as a part of their study trip “Disability in the City”. The project aims to identify good practices abroad and draw inspiration from them to offer innovative solutions to meet the needs of persons with disabilities in France. As a part of this project, other students of their class will visit Lille, Namur, Montreal, Quebec City, Rome, and Milan.

Our Inclusion Ambassadors Navin and Timothy discussed about the barriers they faced in their daily lives and shared their experiences. Timothy spoke about disabilities and urban planning. Navin highlighted the importance of developing an inclusive city model, taking all disabilities into account. One of the participants, Najat El Akrouche, and her team also shared the inclusive features in Paris and the good practices set up by some other cities. The session was engaging and enriching as it helped all the participants to learn. This study leads to a final report where students will propose solutions to improve access for people with disabilities. Furthermore, a public conference will be organised in January 2018 at the school to present the results of the study. (more…)

Harkin Summit, Washington D.C & Gallaudet University

Posted: 20 November 2017

On 1st and 2nd November 2017, Disabled People’s Association travelled across the world to attend the 2nd Harkin Summit in Washington DC. The Summit that took place over 2 days was truly an eye opening experience. DPA representatives, Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills (Executive Director), and Sumita Kunashakaran (Advocacy Executive) heard insights from companies such as Microsoft and Walgreens on their hiring practices, as well as the paradigm shifts they went through in order to make their industries more inclusive.

There were also keynote speakers such as Dr Johnetta Cole (from the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art) who found common ground between the Civil Rights Movement and current disability advocacy pushes, and Hon. Mike Lake (MP for Edmonton-Wetaskiwin, Canada) who presented alongside his autistic son and talked about the need for a global autism network. (more…)

Cheers, Exxonmobil and Hock Cheong Group Support Persons with Disabilities Through Charity Car Wash

Posted: 13 November 2017

On 4 November 2017, Cheers (the convenience store arm of NTUC FairPrice), ExxonMobil and Hock Cheong Group came together in partnership with DPA to support persons with disabilities through a charity car wash activity. Held at an Esso petrol kiosk along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, the event aimed to raise funds to empower persons with disabilities and to help them achieve full participation and equal status in society through independent living.

Starting bright and early on a Saturday morning, DPA arrived with our members and volunteers for some fun in the sun as we brought the message of inclusivity to the neighborhood.
Along with 20 members of the Cheers and FairPrice senior management team and staff, the volunteers from DPA banded together for this charity car wash event to raise funds for the cause. For each car wash, drivers donate $15 or more with all proceeds going directly to DPA. The funds will support DPA’s community engagement efforts, including public education, training, consultative services, and research and advocacy. (more…)

Purple Parade 2017

Posted: 11 November 2017

On October 28 2017, DPA, along with its members and supporters from Cognizant, joined in on the festivities at The Purple Parade which took place at Suntec City. The days leading up to the parade were spent decorating t-shirts in a vibrant splash of colours and creative expression. The t-shirts also had DPA’s motto Vox Nostra – A Voice Of Our Own emblazoned on the front, the style of the motto as depicted in a Disabled Peoples’ International newsletter from 1986! (more…)

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