Tote Board commemorated 30 Years of Giving with “A Good Day Out” on 10 February 2018! As one of the partners, Disabled People’s Association spent the day at this all-inclusive carnival held at Gardens by the Bay. This milestone event which brought together more than 15,000 beneficiaries and members of the public was graced by Guest of Honor Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and dedicated to the beneficiaries and social service organizations who partnered with Tote Board to give hope and improve the lives of all in Singapore.
Our Inclusion Ambassadors and volunteers arrived bright and early to set up our E-DATS (Experiential Disability Awareness) booth showcasing three different types of disabilities – General Awareness & Sensory, Autism, and Psycho-social. Aiming to raise awareness and encourage better understanding between persons with and without disabilities, our disability-specific booths offered interactive and experiential activities such as wheelchair challenge, lip reading, signing and experiential goggles. All who came by our booth engaged in a fun time of learning through problem solving exercises led by our Inclusion Ambassadors, and supported by our volunteers. Inclusion Ambassadors are DPA members with disabilities who are trained to engage with various target groups and raise awareness on disability.
We also had the honor of having Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong personally visit our booth, to meet and understand the work of our Inclusion Ambassadors, and try out our various experiential activities that conveyed the important message that disability is only one characteristic of a person and does not comprise one’s sole self-identity. People with disabilities do not require other’s pity or sympathy. Instead, they need support, acceptance, inclusion, and recognition that they have equal rights as anyone else.
DPA had many meaningful conversations and interactions with members of the public through this event, and we look forward to creating a more inclusive Singapore together!
Watch this video to find out more about the advocacy work that our Inclusion Ambassadors do!