In 2009, DPA celebrated the International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPD) with a Music Festival aptly themed “Music without Borders”. It was held on Sunday, 6th December 2009 at the Riders Lodge. DPA’s Music Festival featured an array of well known international and local musicians who entertained an audience of some 350 people. We had international artistes from Dubai to UK. Local talents such as TENG Ensemble, Leandra and Clarence and Donna Doherty also performed at the Music Festival.
IDPD is an important day for both disabled and non-disabled persons as it engages one other and pursues the goal of an inclusive society. The theme for the IDDP was based on the goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains/benefits derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
“The voice of disabled people is really being heard more and more. At times too slow or too low but they are becoming louder each day with your continuous support in helping us mould our dreams of building an equal, inclusive world into reality” Mr. Leo Chen Ian’s speech @ IDDP 2009.