MSF Singapore will be introducing the Vulnerable Adults Bill in the first half of 2018. The Bill, and associated policies of deputyship, will allow more freedom for caregivers to assume positions of legal decision making, as well as allow for authorities to step in when intervention is necessary to protect and ensure the safety of those who are at risk. (more…)
Updates on our Facebook page will be a bit slow during the next few days as we're currently doing live updates of the ongoing ASEAN Capacity Building session for #DPOs on Twitter (www.twitter.com/dpasg).
However, here's an interesting study we came across and thought you'd like to share your thoughts on it!
"Abstract: When not done properly, policies or interventions that claim to be 'inclusive' can be patronizing or even oppressive. Through interviews and focus groups with employers, service providers and the disability community in Singapore, we helped to articulate what counts as ideal or sensible inclusion of people with disabilities at work. Against those that might seek to mainstream disability wherever it exists, our findings suggest that enclaved spaces for work serve an important function despite charges of being exclusionary. Some enclaves operate as 'work villages' that provide a protected, familiar space to accommodate unique needs while others serve as 'diversity incubators' that provide scalable lessons for more mainstream contexts. Within the Singapore context, policymakers largely operate within a 'business case' paradigm that focuses on incentivizing employers and an 'industrial model' of vocational assessment and job placement. While this has a role to play, we demonstrate the importance of attending to the neglected 'moral case' for hiring people with disabilities." (more…)
Now that the long weekend is over, why not chase away the Monday blues at lunch today by grabbing a bite to eat in a rather interesting way?
Pop by Ngee Ann Polytechnic's Puzzles.sg cafe, and if you order in sign language, you get a 10% discount! (Pssst... there are signboards at the counter so you can learn on the spot.)
Started by graduates of Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Miss Suzana Slemat, and Miss Shazlina Sulaiman are working towards raising awareness of the challenges faced by the deaf community in Singapore, as well as helping people appreciate sign language.
Read more as reported by The Straits Times here. (more…)
Job Training Opportunity!!!
The Social & Cognitive Computing Department at Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) has initiated a new programme called 'Achieving Higher Employability through Adapted Development' which provides on-the-job training to enhance the employability and employment of tertiary-educated adults with autism with an end goal to provide these young adults with sustainable employment.
Under this programme, A*STAR has a team working together with young adults to provide them with social communication skills that will enable them to communicate with their fellow peers and colleagues, identify strengths, and match them to jobs in companies where they will excel in. Interested in any of the following?
1. Enrollment in this program.
2. Employment in the A*STAR team to support people with special needs.
3. Volunteer activities to support this program.
A The Straits Times Forum letter by Mr Edmund Wan, President of Handicaps Welfare Association regarding the recent changes to the accessible parking lot scheme.
Disabled People's Association Singapore will also be giving feedback to MSF Singapore about our members' views on the scheme. (more…)
Not sure what to do now that the National Day holidays are over? Why not head over to The Enabling Village's Story Carnival? Admission is FREE! [Workshops are subjected to fees to cover costs].
When? 1st and 2nd September 2017
Where? Enabling Village, 20 Lengkok Bahru, Singapore 159053
Spend a fun-filled weekend of inclusion with more than a dozen of Singapore's inclusive story-tellers, concerts, as well as crafting workshops. With choice acts by A capella Chor Villach, and workshops by artists Priyanka Gupta and Wah So Simple, Story Carnival promises to be an inspirational weekend for adults and kids alike.
You can sign up for the carnival here: https://www.facebook.com/398.2StorytellingFestival/ (more…)
Over the weekend, one of our inclusion ambassadors, Ms Noraini attended the Global Volunteer Festival 2017 (#GVF2017) where she shared about how volunteering can be more inclusive. Noraini also managed to put her handprint to signify her support towards a more sustainable, and inclusive world.
The Global Volunteer Festival promoted the spirit of youth and volunteerism internationally, and locally, and was a platform for individuals to understand, contribute, and take actions to create a better world for us all.
You can find out more about GVF2017 here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1210321869093271/
If you would like to become an Inclusion Ambassador with Disabled People's Association Singapore, drop us a message! (more…)
Pretty in pink they say!
A gorgeous 70s polyester work dress with faux front button opening. A back zip facilitates easy wearing.
Details like a vintage lace collar plus lace piping on the placket can be seen. Clinch on a vintage belt and you're all set to go!
Absolutely a breeze to launder, this is machine washable and crease free!
Best fits UK8-UK10.
Measurements taken flat in inches.
Waist- (Stretches up to 36"), ( unstretched -10", elastic is very soft, not stiff)
Usual retail: $109
Online price: $59 inclusive of smartpac mailing with tracking number.
Do PM for payment details and mailing! Thank you! (more…)
On 27 June 2017, DPA was present at official launch of 'Give Back 2017 - Inclusivity and Me' campaign at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. The campaign, part of the polytechnic's annual Give Back programme, aimed to better integrate its students with special educational needs (SEN) and to advocate for a more inclusive campus.
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 also conducted workshops for the staff of Ngee Ann Polytechnic to raise awareness and promote inclusion of people with disabilities.
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."
#inclusivity #disability #GiveBack2017 #InclusivityAndMe #InclusiveSingapore #NgeeAnnPoly #DPA (more…)
Yesterday, DPA conducted a Disability Awareness Training Session (DATS) at Ngee Ann Polytechnic for the volunteers of 'Give Back 2017 - Inclusivity & Me' campaign.
This advocacy campaign aims to support and empower persons with disabilities to participate actively in the community. It also supports the 4th key thrust of Singapore's third Enabling Masterplan "Building An Inclusive Society".
During the interaction session, our Inclusion Ambassador Margaret, shared her experience as a volunteer contributing to the society. She spoke about the importance of raising awareness and promoting inclusion of people with disabilities.
It was an interactive and engaging training session and student volunteers were excited to advocate for inclusion of people with disabilities. (more…)
DPA and VSA’s Joint Flag Day aims to raise awareness about our work, promote disability awareness, inspire a spirit of empathy, and raise funds to cover our daily operations.
If you are unable to volunteer on the Flag Day, you can still support our initiatives by adopting one or more donation tins online by clicking here: https://www.giving.sg/disabled-people-s-association/dpa_and_vsa_joint_flag_day_2017 (more…)
Did you know that Singapore submitted its initial report to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 13 July 2016?
The report provides a great overview of the collaborative efforts of government agencies, voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) and other partners in making Singapore a caring and inclusive society. But not enough statistical information is available. As our late founder, Mr Ron Chandran-Dudley, once mentioned, "When you know the numbers, then you know how to plan." Without access to those statistics, it is impossible for ministries and VWOs to adequately budget for or plan disability-related programmes and policies, and even more difficult for civil society to track the implementation and efficiacy of those programmes and policies.
Link here: https://www.msf.gov.sg/policies/International-Conventions/Pages/UN-Convention-on-the-Rights-of-Persons-with-Disabilities-UNCRPD.aspx (more…)
DPA and Very Special Arts Singapore Ltd (VSA)'s Joint Flag Day on 25 March 2017 promises to be different, fun and engaging! There will be a carnival featuring artists and performers with disabilities at Westgate on 25 March to ramp up support for the cause. So do save the date and drop by to show your support!
To find out more, please visit: http://www.dpa.org.sg/how-you-can-help/dpa-vsa-joint-flag-day-2017/ (more…)
Tired of waiting under the hot sun to register as a flag seller? By using a flag day software called Project Tintin, volunteers can quickly register and return donation tins using QR codes. It’s that simple! Join DPA and Very Special Arts Singapore Ltd (VSA)'s joint flag day on 25 March 2017 to witness this innovative software in action!
Register online by clicking here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIfbePSZvpGnswMAbjbUaMf2fLbPXbT1Wcc6fMwuh_FO-dIg/viewform?c=0&w=1 (more…)
Aipoly is an app that identifies and reads out objects in real time - a useful feature for persons with visual disabilities. It's currently available as a free iOS app, and an Android version will be released on April 15. Find out more about this app here: http://aipoly.com/ (more…)
All persons with disabilities have the right to receive education - be it in a mainstream or special education school. Thus it's great that MOE, VWOs and SPED schools are working together to expand capacity of schools offering autism-only programmes.
Read more: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/a-place-in-school-for-nabil-at-last (more…)
Do you remember Richard Kuppusamy? DPA conducted an interview with him back in 2014 about the ways in which WOHA Architects have retrofitted their shophouse with wheelchair-friendly features. Since then, Richard continues to advocate for and tries to incorporate the concept of universal design into his local projects.
It's great that people with disabilities such as Richard are involved in the construction of accessible buildings. They are the experts in their own lives and should therefore be included in every dialogue and consultation process related to the promotion and protection of their rights.
Read more: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/universal-design-should-leave-nobody-out-says-disabled-architect (more…)
Ever encountered an awkward situation when an elevator door opens and a wheelchair user is trying to enter while another person is trying to exit? Shepherd Center offers these helpful tips to diffuse these awkward situations. Read more: http://www.ablethrive.com/basics/wheelchair-etiquette-doorways-elevators/ (more…)
On 21 December 2016, 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.
DPA collaborated with its institutional member, Christian Outreach to the Handicapped (COH) and Merry Marathon team to organise this event. The event was held at the two Emmanuel Activity Centres of COH (Tampines and Toa Payoh). The DPA team attended the event at the Tampines centre.
Merry Marathon volunteers had a great time with members of DPA and COH doing Christmas-related activities. They spent time carolling, making candy cane with beads and passing the gifts. There was also a Polaroid booth decorated with Christmas themes and many of DPA’s members took advantage of this booth to take many festive photos. Later on, goodie bags were distributed to the participants.
This year, the beneficiaries of Merry Marathon included Disabled People’s Association (DPA), Christian Outreach to the Handicapped (COH), Institute of Mental Health (IMH), Friendship and Mind Enrichment (FAME) Club, Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH) and Sunlove Abode. The volunteers mainly included students from Nanyang Technological University, but also included students from other educational institutions.
DPA conducted disability awareness talks for the volunteers and this helped them to interact more confidently with people with disabilities.
Merry Marathon is now in its fifth and it continues to reach out to people and positively touch their lives. The event was a platform for volunteers to connect and build rapport with people with disabilities. This empowered volunteers to uphold the spirit of inclusion. DPA thanks Merry Marathon team and appreciates them for making Merry Marathon, cheerful and lively. (more…)
The Disabled People's Association (DPA) and Very Special Arts (VSA) is conducting a Joint Flag Day on 25 March 2017. We hope to raise the much needed funds to cover our daily operations and programmes. Any direct donations are most welcome and can be done via cheque or online at: https://www.giving.sg/disabled-people-s-association/dpa_and_vsa_joint_flag_day_2017
To encourage charitable giving, the Government offers 2.5 times tax deduction to donors for outright donations made to an approved Institution of Public Character (IPC), which DPA has. (more…)
Some of you were there this year as a strong vote of support to advocate inclusion.
Your presence has given more than 300 special runners an opportunity to be accepted and to run alongside everyone else - this meant the world to them. They may not be able to express themselves but they knew that every single participant at the race was there to support them and support integration!
Next year, Runninghour2017 aims to attract at least 500 special runners to join our event. We hope you will be there once again to give them moral support!
During this festive season, we hope you will spare a thought for the special needs. Please register at http://www.runninghour.com/race2017#registration With your support, we will be able to continue our cause to support our special friends!
Entry to the race is complimentary for all persons with special needs. Please write in to [email protected] for a complimentary promo code.
Your Presence, Their Determination, Our Encouragement
#RunToBond #RunSoOthersCan (more…)