In Pictures – Supporting inclusion and empowering PwDs 

04/11/2023

As a society, we become worse off if we fail to include persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the workforce and community life. As such, the PAP is determined to tear down the barriers preventing PWDs from reaching their full potential in life. And in its place, build a more caring and inclusive society, one where PWDs and their families will be able to participate actively in their communities and be empowered to achieve their aspirations. 

Promoting disability awareness 

Through sheer force of will, MP Ms Denise Phua (Jalan Besar GRC) has helped push the inclusivity of PWDs from an esoteric movement into a mainstream one. “Support inclusion and celebrate the abilities of PWDs,” urged MP Phua as she drummed up support for the Purple Parade, a national movement that promotes disability awareness happening this Saturday (Nov 4). There will be plenty of concerts, food and activity booths for entertainment, so be sure to check it out! 

Strengthening community support

“I am glad that my residents can now access disability and caregiver support services closer to home,” shared Minister for Social and Family Development Masagos Zulkifli during the launch of the Enabling Services Hub (ESH) in Tampines. Conceived to build a stronger ecosystem of support within our heartlands, it will offer befriending services, recreational programmes for PWDs and respite care options for caregivers.  

Building a barrier-free city  

For most of us, getting from one point to another is as simple as following the route mapped out by Google. But for wheelchair users, it can be a harrowing journey filled with hurdles. Recognising their difficulties, MP Mr Eric Chua (Tanjong Pagar GRC) joined volunteers for a testing session to map out barrier-free access routes in the Orchard area, which will be publicly available on OneMap – the national wayfinding app next year.  

Encouraging independent living  

Financial planning is an important part of life, but more so for families affected by disability. In partnership with Accenture, the Special Needs Trust Company (SNTC) has launched a Financial Care Plan Generator to help families of PWDs plan for their financial future and live independently.  

Such collaborations make me optimistic about achieving the Enabling Masterplan 2030 goals for a more inclusive Singapore, shared MP Chua (Tanjong Pagar GRC), who happens to be one of the staunchest advocates for disability inclusion in and outside of Parliament.  

Improving employment opportunities  

Besides grants and subsidies for private businesses, non-profit organisations are part of the landscape, helping PWDs improve their job opportunities. Visiting Bizlink Centre, MP Ms Gan Siow Huang (Marymount SMC) was heartened to find PWDs engaged in meaningful training and employment, doing so in areas such as data management, logistics and creative design.  

Since the 1990s, Singapore has come a long way in creating inclusive environments. From making public transport more accessible to shifting employers’ attitudes toward hiring disabled staff, the PAP will, in the spirit of Forward SG, continue to look at how we can better support PWDs towards a meaningful and fulfilling life. 

Photo Source: Eric Chua/ Masagos Zulkifli/ Gan Siow Huang/ Denise Phua/ Purple Parade/ SG Enable via Facebook