The inclusion of people with disabilities has become an area of proliferating discussion in Singapore. Nominated Member of Parliament Yip Pin Xiu has called for greater inclusion and integration in sport. Elsewhere, tickets to local production Not In My Lifetime?, an inclusive theatre experience, sold out days after it was announced. Charities are thinking about more dialogues and training sessions on sexual issues, while the Land Transport Authority has begun to test a new mobile app for commuters with special needs.
The word “inclusive” is also a buzzword in talking about disability, and there is an impulse to include as much as possible, along all dimensions, in all areas, and sometimes at all costs. Yet, what does it mean, and take, to be “inclusive”?
The fourth meeting of the Disability Community Network (DCN) spotlights the issue of Inclusion, focusing on sport, the arts, sex and physical accessibility. It comprises two sections:
- Section I features various speakers and presentations from individuals in the community on inclusion in areas of sport, the arts, sex and physical accessibility.
- Section II spotlights the notion of disability-led practice, in a seminar and conversation with disability studies researcher Victor Zhuang.
Background on the Disability Community Network
First mooted in October 2017, the purpose of the DCN is to facilitate greater mutual exchange, understanding and collaboration between voluntary welfare organisations, social enterprises, groups and individuals interested in the disability sector.
As part of the DCN, meetings are organised to deliberate current issues, share ongoing and upcoming initiatives as well as give feedback on other organisations’ projects, and discuss possible collaborations.
The first meeting of the DCN was held on 11 May 2018, and discussed the topic of Employment. Two more meetings followed on Education (21 August 2018) and Caregiver Support (29 November 2018).
Please click here to view the programme.
• IPS May 2019 ENewsletter Report. Disability Community Network Meeting IV: Inclusion