Metanoia event at Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Posted: 18 August 2017

On 24 July 2017, DPA was at ‘Metanoia’ event that focused on raising awareness to embrace inclusion of people with disabilities. DPA collaborated with a group of students (Roy Tan, Pay Pei Qi, Lee Si Ying, Sindy Teo and Lee Yu Hsien) from Ngee Ann Polytechnic for this project.

Mr Roy Tan came to know about DPA when he volunteered for the DPA and Very Special Arts (VSA) Joint Flag Day 2017 on 25 March 2017. He and his team attended DPA’s disability awareness talk on 6 May 2017. Inclusion Ambassadors, Margaret and Joseph, shared their experiences and guided them to do the experiential activities. After this fulfilling learning experience the team decided to raise awareness about disability and inclusion of people with disabilities at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

The name ‘Metanoia’ was selected by the team for the event which is Greek for making a change in one’s life. DPA conducted a disability awareness talk and volunteer training for the volunteers of this event on 20 July 2017. Focusing on the objective to embrace differences, a wheelchair experiential activity, disability specific inclusion booths and human library sessions were organised to raise awareness about the abilities and needs of persons with disabilities. Our Inclusion Ambassadors Margaret, Noraini and Sakina guided the participants during the wheelchair experiential activities. During the human library session our Inclusion Ambassadors shared their valuable experiences. Inclusion booths with experiential activities were also set up by DPA.

The wheelchair experiential activity allowed the participants to better understand the everyday challenges faced by students with disabilities while travelling in and around Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Based on the feedback of the participants, an accessibility report with recommendations will be submitted to the Estate Management Office in Ngee Ann Polytechnic to make facilities more accessible for people with disabilities. The participants shared that they were interested to advocate for inclusion by playing a crucial role in making the society more inclusive. DPA believes that they are the future leaders and can make positive changes in the society by building an inclusive Singapore.

Youth Corps, Singapore Leaders Programme

Posted: 26 July 2017

On 3 and 4 of July 2017, Disabled People’s Association conducted a disability awareness talk and sharing session to raise awareness amongst the participants of the Youth Corps, Singapore (YCS) Leaders Programme. In this project, DPA and Sustainable Living lab (SL2) worked together with Youth Corps, Singapore. Sustainable Living Lab is a social innovation lab and a social enterprise established in 2011. It aims to build a sustainable future through community building, technology experimentation and social innovation. In 2015, SL2 received the honour of winning the President’s Challenge Youth Social enterprise of the Year Award. Youth Corps Singapore is a national institution that supports young Singaporeans who are keen to serve the community. As the champion for youth volunteerism, it harnesses the energy and passion of youths to ignite positive change in the society through community service.

Successful community building involves developing leaders who are able to contribute and build inclusive communities. DPA focused on providing meaningful learning experience to the participants as we understand the importance of youth engagement to promote inclusion of people with disabilities. The participating youths were trained to ‘Learn and Lead to Serve and Include’ by taking up leadership roles to build an inclusive society where persons with disabilities are accepted, valued and included.
DPA’s disability awareness talk and simple experiential activities helped the participants to develop a better understanding about the abilities and needs of persons with disabilities. They learned about different types of disabilities and practical tips for interacting with persons with disabilities. The participants were also given opportunity to explore the neighbourhood to identify the barriers faced by persons with disabilities. (more…)

Give Back 2017 – Inclusivity and Me Campaign at Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Posted: 15 July 2017

On 27 June 2017, DPA was at the official launch of ‘Give Back 2017 – Inclusivity and Me’ campaign at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. This advocacy campaign aimed to support and empower persons with disabilities to participate actively in the community. It supported the 4th key thrust of Singapore’s third Enabling Masterplan ‘Caring Nation, Inclusive Society’. Dr Lim Gaik Bee, co-chairman of the committee that spearheaded the campaign, noted the importance of an inclusive campus environment, saying: “Every person counts… We have to look beyond their disabilities to their abilities.”

DPA set up disability specific inclusion booths that offered interactive and experiential sessions. Our Inclusion Ambassadors with disabilities were present to handle the booths and engage with the students. DPA conducted two disability awareness trainings at Ngee Ann Polytechnic for the volunteers of ‘Give Back 2017 – Inclusivity & Me’ campaign. Three disability and Inclusion workshops were conducted for the staff and students of Ngee Ann Polytechnic to raise awareness and promote inclusion of people with disabilities. During the interaction session, our Inclusion Ambassadors Margaret and Timothy shared their experience and explained how they are contributing to the society. Margaret spoke about the importance of raising awareness and Timothy talked about the importance of inclusive campus for students with disabilities.

The participants enjoyed these interactive and engaging training sessions and expressed their interest to advocate for inclusion of people with disabilities. The campaign, part of the polytechnic’s annual Give Back programme, helped to better integrate its students with special educational needs (SEN) and to advocate for a more inclusive campus.

DPA’s Work Attachment Programme

Posted: 12 July 2017

Disabled People’s Association (DPA) held its first ever work attachment programme for secondary school students in collaboration with Bukit Panjang Government High School, Singapore. The purpose of this project is to provide on-the-job training to the students to instil in them the right kind of inclusive and professional work attitude. On top of helping them gain useful work experience, DPA hopes to ensure that students go into their future workplaces with an inclusive mindset that they can share with their colleagues and managers.

DPA was contacted by Bukit Panjang Government High School on 20 February 2017 regarding the possibility of work attachment opportunity for their students. After an initial meeting on 2 March 2017, DPA agreed to conduct a Disability Awareness Talk at the school on 30 March 2017, which was attended by 300 students. Ms Asha Karen, DPA Training Consultant, was the person in-charge of the programme and Ms Ong Seok Jean, Head of Department / Co-Curriculum Programme, was the coordinator for Bukit Panjang Government High School.

Four secondary school students were selected for the work attachment project. After an initial orientation session, the students worked at DPA from 29 May to 2 June. Various members of the DPA team provided guidance and support to the students to achieve their targets. The students contributed to the following areas during this work attachment project: (more…)


Posted: 30 May 2017

This weekend, DPA was at the Kindness Flea Market as part of Siglap South CC’s Kindness Week. Kindness Week is an annual outreach campaign by Siglap South CC Youth Executive Committee (“SSCC YEC”) to raise awareness of various causes. A wide range of exciting and meaningful events will take place for a week.

Some of the past initiatives include recycling campaigns, food donation drives and a social media campaign “Pillars of SG” which feature the stories of unsung heroes in Singapore. Notably, 1.8 million can tabs were collected during Kindness Week 2013 to be recycled to produce more than 600 pairs of prosthetic legs. Siglap South CC YEC holds the record of Largest Logo Made Of Can Tabs in the Singapore Book of Records.

The theme of Kindness Week 2017 is “Embracing Our Differences”. As the name suggests, the objective of the event is for Singaporeans to embrace differences among us and raise awareness of the different special needs communities, in being a more inclusive society. The events took place from 20th May 2017 to 28th May 2017.

DPA also managed to meet other organisations, and looks forward to working with them to bring you more exciting workshops and programmes!

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