On 13 November 2017, DPA conducted a disability awareness talk for students from the Paris Engineering School (EIVP), based in Paris, France. These twenty five engineering students visited Singapore as a part of their study trip “Disability in the City”. The project aims to identify good practices abroad and draw inspiration from them to offer innovative solutions to meet the needs of persons with disabilities in France. As a part of this project, other students of their class will visit Lille, Namur, Montreal, Quebec City, Rome, and Milan.
Our Inclusion Ambassadors Navin and Timothy discussed about the barriers they faced in their daily lives and shared their experiences. Timothy spoke about disabilities and urban planning. Navin highlighted the importance of developing an inclusive city model, taking all disabilities into account. One of the participants, Najat El Akrouche, and her team also shared the inclusive features in Paris and the good practices set up by some other cities. The session was engaging and enriching as it helped all the participants to learn. This study leads to a final report where students will propose solutions to improve access for people with disabilities. Furthermore, a public conference will be organised in January 2018 at the school to present the results of the study.
We encourage the participants to come up with solutions that will create inclusive cities for persons with disabilities. DPA welcomes all students who are keen to learn and contribute, improving the lives of persons with disabilities.