DPA has written in regularly to various newspapers commenting on accessibility issues for persons with disabilities.
Please refer to our dedicated blog page for the letters in full.
– 11 Feb 2019, this article highlights why, according to MSF, the quota system when hiring people with disabilities, won’t work. According to MSF, such a system would introduce labour market inflexibility and invite competing calls for quotas for other segments of the workforce.
DPA’s President Mr Richard Kuppusamy was quoted as saying that there needs be to more representation in customer service, creative industries, technology, healthcare and education and the civil service.
(Article: Straits Times – “Hiring persons with disabilities: Quota won’t work, says MSF”)
– 11 Feb 2019, this article highlights the abysmal employment rate that exists amongst Singaporeans with disabilities. At 4.9%, the rate is one of the lowest amongst developed societies. DPA’s Board Member Dr Dawn-Joy Leong was quoted as saying “I think the main reason for the difficulty in getting a job is because I disclose to employers my autism. My friends who do not do so are able to land jobs.”
DPA’s President Mr Richard Kuppusamy was also quoted in the article about the low employment rates. He said “that the estimated rate is below expectations, especially given the healthy number of subsidies and incentives that the Government offers employers such as through the Open Door Programme, the scheme that gives grants to companies that hire PWDs.”
(Article: Straits Times – “Just 5 in 100 people here with disabilities have jobs.”)
– 28 Dec 2018, this letter by DPA Member Ms Cassandra Chiu highlights the importance of having accurate statistics and how they play a role in ensuring they are included in policy decisions. She also highlighted the challenges in current data sets: “There is some existing data on disability but it lacks granularity. A survey by the National Council of Social Service in 2015 found that 3.4 per cent of residents aged 18-49 have a disability. For those aged 50 and above, it is 13.3 per cent. Among the student population, it is 2.1 per cent. However, these were self-reported answers. There is also no clear definition of disability.”
(Article: Straits Times Forum – “Let’s shed more light on the disabled.”)
– 26 Nov 2018, this forum letter by DPA’s Honorary Secretary Mrs Chang-Tang Siew Ngoh discusses whether integration of children with disabilities will harm the well-being of teachers and impede students’ learning. Mrs Chang-Tang goes on to make the point that universal design plays a key role in beneficial to all children, and that while initial integration efforts will have initial difficulties, it will eventually result in increased learning collaboration, social skills, and social sensitivity.
(Article: Straits Times Forum – “Integration tough at first but has long-term dividends”)
– 1 Nov 2018, this article discusses how Paralympian Ms Yip Pin Xiu is the first person with a disability to be featured as the latest face of French cosmetics house Lancome.
DPA’s Executive Director Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills is quoted in this article in describing brands that have started using models or spokesmen with disabilities. She is also quoted as saying “Much of advertising in the beauty community is aspirational, and maybe beauty companies are of the mistaken opinion that persons with disabilities do not fit into their customers’ ideas of beauty. Ms Yip is a good example of how wrong that belief is. What makes the Lancome campaign refreshing is that it focuses on Ms Yip’s talent in the water and her beauty inside and outside.”
(Article: Straits Times – “Paralympian is Lancome’s new face”)
– 29 Oct 2018, while the letter doesn’t quote any of DPA’s staff or members, DPA does get mentioned by name as “one of the few organisations that walk the talk.”
The letter is by Mr Dino Trakakis from Autism Recovery Network Singapore, and urges organisations to do more than just holding symbolic events such as the Purple Parade. This includes hiring full-time staff and having board members with disabilities.
(Article: Straits Times Forum – “Do more than talk to help disabled people”)
– 10 Oct 2018, a writeup by Retail Asia by NYCU Media about how persons with disabilities are an untapped talent pool that can ease the labour shortage in the retail industry. The article has representatives from the Disabled People’s Association Singapore, SPD, Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), and SG Enable who have shared their thoughts on the importance of ensuring that workspaces are inclusive.
DPA’s Executive Director Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills is quoted in the article: “Only one in 10 persons with disabilities is able to secure jobs in open employment and it makes sense for companies to tap into this underutilised potential labour force, especially with increasing restrictions to hiring foreigners [in Singapore].”
Additionally, when discussing how Employment placement officers work with SG Enable to modify job descriptions: ““The main thing to remember is that employers should not create jobs to hire from a particular disability group. Instead, employers should look to their existing job opening and be open to modifying the roles so that they
do not rule out various persons with disabilities,” she cautions.”
Dr Medjeral-Mills also notes that it is important to make sure that there is ‘buy-in’ from all levels of a company when hiring persons with disabilities: “Sometimes management wants to make their workforce more inclusive, but they do not prepare the rest of the staff and then there are issues down the road with integration, especially social integration in the workplace.”
And about having desire career progression options. “Retailers should try to ensure their performance reviews processes are inclusive so that employees with disabilities can progress up the ranks as they mature in their role,” Medjeral- Mills advises.
The article closes off with Dr Medjeral-Mills noting that: “Retailers should not be put off by the preparations needed as there are many organisations that can help with that.”
(Article: Retail Asia (NYCU Media) – “Creating meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities”)
– 10 Oct 2018, an article that looks into accessible travel and interviews DPA’s Member and Inclusion Ambassador Mr Esmond Tan. The story goes on to discuss steps to take prior to travelling, as well as tips for the avid traveler on hotel bookings, and flights. It also provides suggestions for cruises as an alternative holiday.
(Article: Channel NewsAsia Lifestyle – “Travel for the mobility-impaired: How to have a holiday when walking is an issue”)
– 20 Sept 2018, a commentary by DPA Member and Inclusion Ambassador Ms Cassandra Chiu that discusses how important talking about discrimination against persons with disabilities is in order to make real change. Ms Chiu highlights her experience as a counsellor, and as a person with a visual impairment. She also highlights the work that DPA has done in order to make Singapore more inclusive.
(Article: Straits Times Premium – “Let’s talk about discrimination against people with disabilities”)
– 22 July 2018, an article featuring the DPA-IPS study on discrimination faced by people with disabilities in the workplace. The article delves into the study as well as what it hopes to achieve.
It also talks about how DPA involved people with disabilities in the course of the study.
The article also spoke to Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF), and HRMatters21 (a human resources consultancy firm).
(Article: Straits Times Premium – “Study sheds light on job discrimination faced by those with disabilities”)
– 12 July 2018, a letter by DPA President Mr Richard Kuppusamy to the joint letter by SCDF and HDB.
Mr Kuppusamy goes on to explain that the joint response failed to address a key concern that was raised: How can elderly people and those with disabilities or mobility difficulties be safely evacuated in the event of a fire in a high-rise building?
Mr Kuppusamy also explains that entrenched lessons such as avoiding lifts and using the stairs instead could pose a problem for those with disabilities and mobility issues.
(Article: Straits Times Forum – “Key concern on fire safety not addressed by SCDF, HDB”)
– 6 July 2018, a joint response forum letter by SCDF and HDB to DPA President Mr Richard Kuppusamy.
The letter explains why firefighters were not able to locate the fire lift switch panel to activate the fire lift due to unauthorized advertisements pasted on the door frame.
(Article: Straits Times Forum – “HDB fire: Illegal ads prevented firemen from locating fire lift switch”)
– 5 July 2018, an article about the three factors before considered by the Ministry of Health (MOH) before deciding on the amounts which severely disabled people should be able to withdraw in cash from their Medisave accounts.
DPA’s Executive Director Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills was quoted “Those who are born with or acquire severe disabilities during their working years are less likely to be employed and have the opportunity to build up their Medisave account.”
(Article: Straits Times – “Medisave cash withdrawals: 3 factors considered”)
– 26 June 2018, a forum letter by DPA President Mr Richard Kuppusamy questions why the fire lifts were not operating. This was in response to an article about a fire at Block 104D Canberra Street (Two boys, three adults rescued from burning flat, June 10).
Mr Kuppusamy also highlights that refuge floors in recently completed super high-rise HDB blocks do not seem to have sprinklers or, in some instances, share the floor with residential units, violating safety codes.
The Disabled People’s Association urges the Building and Construction Authority and the SCDF to undertake an independent audit of the fire code and its effective compliance in HDB blocks to restore public confidence.
(Article: Straits Times Forum – “Why were fire lifts not working in new HDB block?”)
– 17 June 2018, an article discussing sexual consent, and navigating the potentially sexually charged situations which people with disabilities might find themselves in.
DPA’s Executive Director Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills was quoted as saying that a guided game allows those with disabilities to learn in private without embarrassing themselves or hurting others. The game can be played by a single player, whether able-bodied or not. Additionally “We have had conversations with some members about how difficult it is for them to go about trying to find partners. They do not always have the same opportunities to date and figure out what they want from a relationship. So how can we expect people to know how to flirt with someone else if they have never had a chance to learn how to do this appropriately?”
(Article: Straits Times Premium – “Sex game sets the scene for people with disabilities”)
– 22 April 2018, an article covering a case of bullying and how this has affecting a disabled student’s schooling experience. The article comes after a recent case of bullying in Assumption Pathway School by four girls surfaced online.
Dr Justin Lee (NUS IPS), and DPA’s Executive Director Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills were also quoted in the article. Dr Medjeral-Mills was quoted as saying: “Inclusion does not always happen organically and we need policies in place at school to foster inclusion and tackle bullying by students or any of the school staff so that schools are truly a safe place to learn.”
(Article: Straits Times – “A mum’s pain after bullies target special needs student”)
– 9 April 2018, a forum letter by AWARE Singapore that highlights DPA’s and AWARE’s comments about the Employment Act.
Regarding DPA’s upcoming Discrimination In The Workplace Study, AWARE is quoted as saying “In a to-be-published DPA study on workplace discrimination faced by people with disabilities, a job placement officer highlighted how companies and human resource managers found loopholes to ensure they were not accused of discrimination. For example, companies which were not keen to hire persons with disabilities simply used the excuse of a mismatch in company culture. Those who have been discriminated against have little recourse, since employers are under no legal duty not to discriminate.”
AWARE also highlights how changes to the Employment Act relates to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
(Article: Straits Times Forum – “Stronger measures needed to prevent workplace discrimination”)
– 27 March 2018, a forum letter by DPA’s President Mr Richard Kuppusamy that addresses the recent report about the fire at Block 8, North Bridge Road, that highlights a clear risk for persons with disabilities living in high-rise residential buildings (Para-archer rescued after fire starts outside his flat; March 23).
Mr Kuppusamy mentions that: “While the building regulations mitigate the risk of fire spreading in residential buildings by considering each apartment as its own fire compartment, the reality is that this does not address the need to evacuate that apartment or provide a means to alert and rescue occupants. We cannot assume that the elderly and disabled people will have family members or neighbours to assist them in an emergency. A fire can break out at any time of day or night. Fires in tall buildings such as the Grenfell Tower in London last year should teach us that such disasters are a very possible reality rather than a statistical uncertainty.”
Mr Kuppusamy also calls for the Building and Construction Authority, the Singapore Civil Defence Force, and HDB to work together to address this issue.
(Article: Straits Times Forum – “Improve HDB building regulations to protect people with disabilities”)
– 19 March 2018, a forum letter by DPA’s Executive Director Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills that highlights a recent case where Justice Woo Bih Li had to make a difficult decision when sentencing a young offender with mild intellectual disabilities who committed a serious crime (Teen’s intellectual disability raises issue on lack of sentencing options: Judge; March 13).
The letter also calls for feedback on this case, as some in the disability field have raised concerns that sentencing an offender with an intellectual disability differently merely on the basis of disability could be discriminatory.
Instead, DPA also urged the Ministry of Law to hold a wider public consultation that looks at current sentencing options and how appropriate they are for a diverse range of offenders, including those with disabilities, as well as try to identify other areas of the criminal justice system that can be updated to be more inclusive.
(Strait Times Forum: “Seek public views in review of criminal justice system”)
– 18 March 2018, a forum letter by DPA’s Advisor Mr Nicholas Aw regarding the issue of limited sentencing options mentioned by Justice Woo Bih Li (Teen’s intellectual disability raises issue on lack of sentencing options: Judge; March 13).
Mr Nicholas Aw mentions that: “Parents and caregivers of persons with disabilities, particularly invisible disabilities, have constantly shared their concerns over the lack of educated awareness of the issues facing their children in relation to the law.”
Mr Nicholas Aw also called for all stakeholder to work with relevant authorities to look into the current state of affairs.
(Article: Straits Times Forum – “Law’s treatment of persons with disabilities needs to change”)
– 5 March 2018, a video by Channel NewsAsia of NMP Kuik Shiao-Yin featuring DPA’s comments and recommendations on the Employment Act, by enhancing the protection of women, foreign domestic workers and people with disabilities in the workplace. The recommendations were shared along with AWARE’s Joint Statement. The statement is as follows:
“On people with disabilities: The Employment Act does not define what unfair dismissals is, leaving room for misunderstanding. So people with disabilities have been dismissed without explanation by their employers. Can the ministry amend the Employment Act on what constitutes an unfair dismissal? And set up legal remedies for unfair dismissals. And since our workforce is rapidly aging, acquired disabilities such as mobility issues and sensory impairments will become a growing challenge. Some employees also acquire disabilities while working for a company. Currently there is no requirement for a company to accommodate the employee’s changed situation, such as redesigning a job or offering an alternative role. Can the ministry require or assist employers to provide reasonable job accommodations for employees who acquire disabilities in the course of their employment, so they may continue in their current role wherever this is possible or appropriate?”
(Article: Channel NewsAsia – “COS 2018 debate: Kuik Shiao-Yin on protecting vulnerable employees”)
– 4 Mar 2018, an article featuring DPA’s President Mr Richard Kuppusamy and how his disability impacts the projects he takes on in order to help the disabled lead normal lives. The article covers Mr Kuppusamy’s career progression, as well as his hobbies and interests.
Mr Kuppusamy is also quoted as saying: “I think, to have people accept me for who I am also means that I have to accept myself. I don’t see my troubles as any special adversity. We all get dealt a deck of cards in life and it’s up to us to play the hand and make the best of it.”
Additionally, Mr Kuppusamy is also reported as championing inclusion, equality, and diversity through his role as President of DPA.
(Article: Straits Times – “It Changed My Life: Just a normal guy in a wheelchair”)
– On 22 January 2018, An article highlighting a Facebook post that garnered quite a substantive online reaction where Facebook user, Ms Marie Constance Tan’s post detailed how, for 15 minutes, a man on the train stared at her incessantly and moved seats twice to get closer to her. Remarks by other users claiming to be the man’s schoolmates mentioned that he had an intellectual disability. Channel NewsAsia reached out to DPA’s Executive Director Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills who was quoted: “Having an intellectual, developmental or psychosocial (chronic mental impairment) disability does not necessarily absolve someone of responsibility for bad or harassing behavior,”. “To assume this would be to treat people with disabilities differently, based solely on them having a disability, and this is discrimination.” “No women should feel endangered or uncomfortable – regardless of what she is wearing, or whether the man in question may have less understanding of social norms and what is appropriate behaviour.” “Having a disability does not affect how right or wrong this behaviour was, but it can affect how we should deal with it,”, “In addition, DPA hopes that if he is counselled about his harassing behaviour and warned that this is not appropriate, it should be in a manner that he can comprehend. This could be done in conjunction with disability organisations that are trained to communicate in a manner that is more accessible.”
(Article: “If you’re unable to react, it’s ok: How to handle public harassment”)
– On 29 January 2018, a journalist from The Pride, a wing of the Singapore Kindness Movement, sits down and discusses with DPA’s Executive Director about possible opportunities to educate ourselves, and people with disabilities, in daily public interactions that we may have. She was quoted as saying: “If you think that people are behaving rudely, or aggressively, or in a way that is scaring you, we would ask that you take a step back and maybe ask yourself a few questions, like, ‘Is there something else behind what’s going on? Is this person having a meltdown? Is this person not able to grasp social norms? Are we, perhaps, infringing on what he sees as his personal space to cause him to react that way?’. “We are not asking people to diagnose the disability or even to spot it, just ask yourself a few questions before judging.”
(Article: “We need more empathy for disabled people”)
– On 31 January 2018, a piece on the proposed changes to the ElderShield insurance scheme where the reporter reached out to DPA’s Executive Director Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills to find out possible challenges that people with disabilities might have with the proposed changes. Dr Marissa was quoted accordingly: Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills, executive director of the Disabled People’s Association, said that the Government should waive premiums for those who have severe pre-existing disabilities. They are often unable to secure employment, “and those that do are often not paid as much as able-bodied employees”, she said. “This means they are less likely to be able to build savings, or have enough in their Medisave accounts to pay an ElderShield premium.” She added that their relatives, after helping them over the years, may also not have enough in their Medisave.
(Article: “Plan to improve ElderShield will boost social safety net: Experts”)
– On 31 January 2018, An article on the proposed changes to the ElderShield insurance scheme where the reporter reached out to DPA’s Executive Director Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills who was mentioned as such: “Echoing the sentiment, executive director of the Disabled People’s Association Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills said there needs to be further study into whether the current payouts will be enough to help with the kind of assistance people with severe disabilities require.”
(Article: “Experts suggest bigger payouts, better coverage for enhanced ElderShield”)
– On 02 December 2017, an article written by Justin Lee (Research Fellow, NUS-IPS), the article came out just ahead of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It also highlighted the DPI movement globally, and the role that DPA plays in Singapore.
(Article: “Striving towards a multi-abled Singapore”)
– On 12 November 2017, in an article highlighting the challenges faced by persons with disabilities when travelling, DPA’s President Mr Richard Kuppusamy’s experience was highlight, and he was also quoted as saying: “I’m lucky I arrived at home where I had a spare wheelchair. What if I were a tourist arriving in Singapore? How could I have continued my holiday without a working chair”. DPA’s Board Member Ms Judy Wee was also quoted on her thoughts about making the travel industry more facilitative to the wide range of disabilities: “It will make travel more accessible to new markets, including a growing cohort of elderly travellers.”. DPA was also highlighted as part of Lonely Planet’s Accessible Travel Online Resources guide.
(Article: “Disabled and ready to see the world”)
– On 30 November 2018, DPA’s Executive Director Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills wrote a response to the Annie Ee case (“Couple ‘tortured’ intellectually disabled waitress, who died after 8 months of abuse”, 27 Nov 2017). In her response, Dr Marissa highlighted the distressing situation that women with disabilities face, and how while organisations in Singapore work to end violence against women, a whole-of-society effort is needed in identifying potential cases of abuse. Dr Marissa also mentioned that important role that disability organisations play when equipping their clients and beneficiaries with the skills and told to identify and report potential signs of abuse.
(Article: “Whole-of-society effort needed to fight abuse”)
– On 18 October 2017, DPA’s Executive Director Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills wrote a response to forum letter which suggested a special area for wheelchairs to enter trains. The original letter mentioned that preventive measures such as a special waiting lane for persons with disabilities, could be introduced so that persons with disabilities do not face challenges when trying to board the train. In her response, Dr Marissa highlighted that SMRT should implement a safe process for assisting wheelchair users who have challenges boarding the train. Additionally, we need to also be mindful of not creating a segregation of persons with disabilities by introducing “priority or special assistance cabins”.
(Article: “Do more to support commuters with mobility issues.”)
– On 05 September 2017, in light of Mr Tan Chuan-Jin’s new appointment as Speaker of Parliament, DPA’s President, Mr Nicholas Aw was quoted as saying: “Mr Tan invited me to lunch to talk about disability issues here, and he shared with me his personal experience of trying to navigate pavements using a wheelchair. His frank sharing about how difficult it is in some areas showed me that he’s willing to admit when there is more work to be done. He’s also willing to try new things and learn more by doing, even if it sometimes opens him to criticism, which is very refreshing.”. The report also goes on to state: “Mr Aw said Mr Tan’s varied portfolio in various ministries would give him a wide range of experience to tap on when facilitating debates. “His no-nonsense attitude will also come in handy when the debate goes off topic..”
(Article: “Tan Chuan-Jin a man ‘with a heart for poor, elderly and those from broken families”
– On 20 September 2017, in a regional broadcast on the exclusion of persons with disabilities from mainstream society, and a look into how companies, schools and public spaces can be more inclusive, featured DPA Member Timothy Ng. The short documentary highlighted the challenges faced by persons with disabilities, and the work that DPA does, with a special mention of DPA’s Inclusion Ambassadors’ Programme. DPA volunteer, Roy Tan, from Ngee Ann Polytechnic was also featured, and mentioned the importance of DPA’s programmes, and interaction workshops. (Link: “Enabling Inclusion” https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/videos/enabling-inclusion-for-people-with-disabilities-at-workplaces-9234522)
– On 04 August 2017, DPA’s President Mr Nicholas Aw was quoted in a Channel NewsAsia article: “The reason for this, I think, shock or anger, is because everyone was taken by surprise”, “No one saw it coming. If, before they implemented this policy, they had called the VWOs to say ‘guys, can we explain to you what’s going to happen’, the VWOs would be able to disseminate the information to their members.”. Mr Aw also acknowledged that while there have been consultations, it was “perhaps not enough”.
(Article: “MSF clarifies changes to car park label scheme for those with disabilities.”)
– On 04 August 2017, DPA’s President Mr Nicholas Aw was quoted in a Today Online article when he mentioned that about six of DPA’s members had voiced unhappiness over the rule change. Former DPA President (and current DPA Board Member) Mr Leo Chen Ian was quoted as saying: “We want to address the issue of helping those who can’t walk far distances… Everybody needs a shorter distance to walk to where they are”. Current DPA member Mr Richard Kuppusamy was also quoted in the article: “Parking (for us) is not a privilege but a necessity… Fundamentally, the handicapped parking system is broken, where the disabled have to contend against one another over who is more deserving.”
(Article: “MSF clarifies changes to parking scheme for disabled.”
– On 14 August 2017, a number of DPA Members were quoted in a Straits Times article: Current DPA Member Mr Richard Kuppusamy was quoted: “If I try to park in a regular space and then someone parks next to me, when I return from the supermarket, I will not be able to get into my car.”, “There is a bigger picture here. It is about how society treats others and those with disabilities. People cannot just park for 15 minutes and think it is fine. Your 15 minutes is not more valuable than mine. Driving for disabled people and parking in that space is not a privilege; it is a functional necessity”. DPA President Mr Nicholas Aw was also quoted: “Sadly, things are still largely the same. There are so many people without the labels for the disabled who park in accessible spaces for a short while to run errands. There are also caregivers who park in the space without ferrying anybody with a disability.”, “Clamping the car would be more inconvenient. People may be able to pay fines, but they will think twice about wasting time trying to get their vehicle back,”. In addition to being featured in a video by Straits Times as part of the article, DPA Vice-President Ms Judy Wee was quoted in the article: “Many times I have seen abuse, but things have improved over the years. People just have to understand that if they use the space without actually needing it, they are depriving someone who needs it badly.”.
(Article: “Misuse of reserved spaces still a problem despite heavier penalties.”)
On 06 July 2017, DPA’s Executive Director, Dr Marissa was quoted in a Straits Times article: “People sometimes say that we are moving towards political correctness and we should just focus on doing the actual work, but terminology can have a much deeper impact than you think,”, “In using the term ‘welfare’, it does not just affect the users but also the professionals in the field. It does not change their mindset regarding collaborating with users to try to find out what they want instead of just providing a service to a recipient of charity.”, “Terminology is the first step, then we need to change how we do things to align with the vision.”
(Article: “Drop VWO label, say players in social service field, use social service organisations instead.”)
On 30 May, DPA Member was quoted in a Today Online article: “I want this to be a safe harbour providing jobs for all of us, and I want this business to continue to grow into an institution that helps in creating jobs for special-needs people, so that they are engaged in a meaningful way and have a means to support their family.”
(Article: “Quietly supplying fun to Singapore’s kids for 17 years.”)
Dr. Marissa, DPA’s Executive Director, spoke to Today Online about how public discourse on disability can be changed so that it becomes more inclusive. She was quoted in the article on 9 April: “People with disabilities rarely have the opportunity to create the terminology or the language that’s used to speak about them … It’s about giving people a say, which hasn’t been the case until quite recently.”
(Article: “Changing how Singaporeans talk about disability, one word at a time.”)
On 5 March, Dr. Marissa, DPA’s Executive Director, was quoted in a Straits Times article: “Not having grown up together in school, many are encountering persons with disabilities for the first time in the workplace.”
(Article: “Call to integrate people with disabilities early.”)