In keeping with the theme of accessible travel, here's an article on the challenges persons with disabilities face when travelling. From damaged wheelchair equipment during flights, to a lack of information, individuals talk about their experiences when travelling. The article also looks at potential issues that could arise from the lack of standardisation in accessibility between countries.
Disabled People's Association Singapore President Richard Kuppusamy, as well as DPA Members Judy Wee and Choon Hwee, all avid travellers, shared their (far from positive) experiences when going overseas. You can read more in the article below.
DPA would also like to thank Martin Heng from Lonely Planet for including our resources as part of the free Accessible Travel Online Resources guide book available here: http://media.lonelyplanet.com/shop/media/accessible-travel-online-resources-2017-2.pdf
As always, DPA continues to work towards making Singapore more accessible for Singaporeans and tourists alike. (more…)
This week, DPA is in Washington DC for the Larkin Summit! While the summit kicks off tomorrow, today we visited Gallaudet University, a federally chartered private university for the education of the Deaf and hard of hearing.
While we were there, we learned tonnes about accessibility. From planning accessible buildings where all classrooms have fire alarms with strobe lights, and spaces are organised in a semicircular layout so students are able to sign to each other, Gallaudet University gave us lots of ideas to make spaces more accessible back in Singapore.
There were also Video Relay Service (VRS) stations for students to make phone calls (absolutely free!), and television broadcasts with Closed Captioning.
And to top it all off, DPA also learned about the rich history of sign language and the various schools of thought when it comes to deaf culture - all the way from Platonian times! (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…)
On 8 June 2017, DPA organised #disability awareness talk and interaction session with our inclusion ambassador Margaret for the participants of @the.design.cultivation
Ms Asha Karen from DPA shared about disability and inclusion of people with disabilities. The experiential activities provided in-depth learning experience to the participants. Margaret shared her experience and insights with the participants. It was an engaging and insightful session that helped participants have meaningful and a broader perspective on the landscape of persons with disabilities.
The Design Cultivation (The Design Cultivation) is a community project that aims to enable non-design students to make a positive impact to the community using design as a medium. Participants will undergo a two months long process which includes ground research, prototyping and an exhibition. TDC collaborated with DPA to offer some insights to their participants. (more…)
Disabled People's Association Singapore would like to wish Diveheart founder Jim Elliott a Happy 60th Birthday!
Diveheart offers Scuba Therapy to individuals with disabilities who want to experience the calming effects of being in and under the water. Over the past 16 years, Diveheart has changed the scuba industry and expanded the reach of adaptive diving and how it can impact and enhance the lives of people of all abilities.
As a testament to the organisation's work, watch a video on Robert, a Divehearter who was able to walk & run again after spending 13 years in a wheelchair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7Ueu6122DQ
To donate to Jim's 60K For 60 Birthday Challenge, and support his organisation's work, you can go here: https://diveheart.networkforgood.com/projects/31080-special-diveheart-fundraiser (more…)
DPA @ Kindness Week!!!
DPA will be featuring its Inclusive Booth at the Kindness Flea Market this weekend!
|| Where || Bedok Town plaza (Sheltered area between Bedok Mall & Bedok Food Centre)
|| When || Sunday, 28 May 2017, 11.00am - 6.00pm
|| What || Come join us and take part in our inclusive games! You can also talk to our volunteers and find out more about disability in Singapore!
For more information, feel free to drop us a message! (more…)
Grooming Student Advocates For Inclusion!
The students from River Valley High School attended the Disability Awareness Talks Series (DATS) and #interaction session at DPA on 13 May 2017. Our #Inclusion Ambassador, Ms Sakina took them on an experiential journey and shared her experience and insights.
DATS is a flagship programme by DPA and aims to raise awareness, promote inclusion of People With Disabilities, instill confidence during interactions, and build an inclusive culture.
To find out more about our #DATS programme, please write to [email protected] (more…)
Visit DPA's blog to find out more about last week's event on Estate Planning and caring for your loved ones with special needs.
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…)