Inclusion Ambassadors Orientation Programme 2017

Posted: 4 January 2018

People with disabilities play an important role in achieving inclusion. Furthering DPA’s mission to be the voice of the people with disabilities, we have designed the Inclusion Ambassadors Programme to enable and nurture a select few of our members to effectively engage with the public to raise awareness and promote the inclusion of people with disabilities. This is one of our signature programmes that upholds the mission of DPA and carries the spirit of successful advocacy.

The beginning

Purple Fiesta, an event held on 29 May 2015, that supported the inclusion of people with disabilities in Singapore, was organised by Team Echo of Temasek Junior College, together with DPA. The Disability Awareness Talk Series (DATS) was officially launched by DPA’s Executive Director – Dr Medjeral-Mills, together with our first batch of student advocates – Team Echo from Temasek Junior College, and Project Butterfly Team from Hwa Chong Institution.  The goal of DATS is to disable the disability and embrace inclusion. Through DATS, we impart awareness, paving way to the successful inclusion of persons with disabilities. An interaction session was organised during this event, where Dr Medjeral-Mills attended with Ms Keng Ying Tan, a DPA Board Member, and other members – Escanan Eugene Jayme, Jorain Ng, and Kagda Sakina Abbasbhai. After witnessing the positive impact of DATS and the interaction session with our DPA members, DPA decided to go ahead with developing a programme to train our members to effectively interact with the public, thereby raising awareness. And thus, the Inclusion Ambassador Programme was created.  (more…)

Merry Marathon 2017

Posted: 22 December 2017

On 20 December 2017, DPA took part in the Merry Marathon. Merry Marathon is an annual volunteering event initiated by students since 2012 and powered by Positive Intentions, a social enterprise. The aim of Merry Marathon is to spread the Christmas joy around Singapore, especially to those who may feel neglected during this festive season.

Merry Marathon volunteers had a great time with our Inclusion Ambassadors. Human library, inclusive games, carolling, making candy cane and passing the gifts were the main attractions of this year. There was also a Polaroid booth and Inclusion Ambassadors together with volunteers took many festive photos at this booth.
Eighteen volunteers and seven Inclusion Ambassadors participated in this event. The volunteers included mainly students from Junior colleges and some other educational institutions. (more…)

ASEAN Disability Forum (ADF)

Posted: 22 December 2017

From the 11th to 14th of December, Sumita Kunashakaran (Advocacy Executive) from the Disabled People’s Association hopped over the South China Sea to attend the ASEAN Disability Forum (ADF) conference and capacity building exercise in Manila together with our other ASEAN counterparts. The first couple of days (11th and 12th of December) consisted of a conference where participants had the opportunity to witness a beautiful opening ceremony presented by the choir from the Philippine National School for the Blind (PNSB), and an address by the Vice President of Philippines, Ms Maria Leonor Gerona Robredo herself. Ms Robredo spoke about how continued collaborations and the work that ASEAN does together has gone a long way in making Manila more inclusive for Persons-With-Disabilities (PWDs). However, she was also quick to highlight that the journey was still long from being over. (more…)

Immersion Visit 2017

Posted: 22 December 2017

DPA collaborated with Common Purpose for the project ‘Immersion Visit 2017’. Common Purpose is a not-for-profit leadership development organisation that specialises in cross-boundary leadership. On 12 December 2017, DPA conducted a training session on ‘Inclusion of persons with disabilities in Singapore’ for students from various universities. DPA conducted this training as a part of the Global Leader Experience (GLE) initiative of Common Purpose which aims to develop leaders who can contribute to build inclusive societies. Seventeen students from different universities of Australia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Singapore attended this session.

During the interaction session, our Inclusion Ambassadors Esmond, Margaret and Timothy shared about importance of promoting inclusion of persons with disabilities. Margaret shared her experience and also emphasised that inclusion is not charity. To her, inclusion is about making sure that everybody has the same opportunities to participate in every aspect of life to the best of their abilities and desires. Esmond expounded on how we can encourage interaction between persons with and without disabilities to develop better understanding, promoting inclusiveness. Timothy highlighted the significant role played by leaders in enabling persons with disabilities to reach their full potential contributing to building inclusive world. During the discussion, the team compared the accessibility features and best practices of different countries. The session provided great learning experience for the participants and ended on a joyful note when Esmond sang the song ‘Five Hundred Miles’ by Justin Timberlake. (more…)

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…)

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