"People with disabilities deserve the chance to build a life for themselves in the communities where they choose to live"
BLK.sg's Disabled Can Volunteer empowers people with disabilities by providing them with volunteer opportunities and valuable skills to enhance independence.
“SHOWCASE SKILLS, NOT DISABILITIES”: DISABLED CAN VOLUNTEER EMPOWERS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WITH CHANCES TO VOLUNTEER
Disabled Can Volunteer is an initiative under BLK.sg, a social enterprise committed to making Singapore’s heartlands accessible and inclusive, as well as promoting equal opportunities for people with disabilities.
In 2019, Kit Bian was teaching photography at Metta School, a school for people with autism, when he decided that his students needed more real-life exposure – and got his students to volunteer as photographers at the school’s National Day Observance Ceremony.
He tells The Pride: “It’s a good outdoor classroom. They get to go out and integrate with everyone else.”
Having been a volunteer for many years, he often hears from many people with disabilities that they wish to be included in employment and volunteering opportunities.
GOVTECH Stack Developer Conference in November 2022
Most importantly, their presence at events helps to shape how the public sees those with disabilities – not as liabilities, but as those who can actively contribute.
GOVTECH STACK DEVELOPER CONFERENCE IN NOVEMBER 2022
They also champion the idea of digital inclusion— more inclusive technology with people with disabilities.
ePAD – An Enabling Photography & Videography Digital System
The team’s continuous efforts coupled with strong support from GovTech and CPAS’ staff resulted in the successful delivery of the first ePAD prototype trial in August 2020. CPAS subsequently indicated interest for more ePAD devices to be brought in for clients’ usage, indicating the trial’s success. With feedback on its design from the first trial, the team delivered a new and improved version to CPAS a second trial in July 2021.
The ePAD prototype has also received interest from Blk.sg*, a social enterprise that volunteers teaching professional photography at CPAS. ePAD will be deployed at Blk.sg’s events such as “Disabled can Volunteer – as an inclusive photographer”, which is a ground-up movement organised with the Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM). The inaugural event at ChangiSimei, expected to take place in early December 2021, commemorates initiatives that pay tribute to front line warriors by helping them to take family portraits.
CPAS, among other beneficiaries of ePAD, will be involved in the event as part of Blk.sg’s efforts to imbue students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitude. Despite having cerebral palsy, students can gain social skills and showcase their creative talents via ePAD’s enabling system.
*Blk.sg is undergoing a revamp and will be back online by 01 December 2021.
LOVE OUR HOOD
Singapore Kindness Movement Project Volume: Play a part in building a more inclusive society
As a special needs student, Eileen from Metta School shares how excessive noise can impede her learning ability, especially at night.
Let's be kind to our neighbours, you can have maximum fun at minimum volume.
You can have maximum fun, at minimum volume. Let’s be gracious to residents like Eileen, and reduce our volume.
Eileen is also part of a team from Metta School who took part in the Love Our 'Hood Youth Challenge organised by MSO in July 2019. The team is looking at ways to remind the community to be more considerate with regard to the noise generated by their activities.
Let’s all work towards a more gracious living environment.
These-Abled Can Volunteer
Building an inclusive Heartlands means creating a society where every Resident has the opportunity to Contribute - Involve & Participate. It involves designing and building social spaces, Universal products, and E-accessible services & information that are useful and helpful to everyone. Achieving this Enabling Master Plan 2030 requires a collective effort, including Grassroots, policymakers, businesses, organizations, and neighbors.
BLKSG advocates for an accessible and inclusive heartland. Our team want to create more ways for neighbours with disabilities to connect and integrate into the communities at large, and empower them to play a bigger role in designing and activating their shared spaces.
ONEMAP - GeoWORKS Festival
Mapping your town with OneMap
Wee Kit Bian, CEO – Company Enabling Officer (Digital Inclusion Trainer), BLK.SG Pte Ltd
Wheelchair users and senior residents face challenges with diverse types of mobility issues every day. Navigating is one of the leading reasons that residents hesitate to move around, thus making their mobility problems worse and affect their emotional, social, and physical well-being. BLK.SG Pte Ltd's project teaches them how to use Interactive OneMap.sg to find barrier-free routing or covered linkway which make travelling easier: This would allow them to plan the fastest and cheapest route to their destination within Singapore be it walking, taking public transport (buses or MRT), cycling or by car. #SGGEOFEST2021
I am advocating for greater inclusion in the arts through access and collaborations to provide arts programs for and by people across all needs.
partners appreciation day 2021
05. Awesome features
Alibaba’s E-commerce Bootcamp
I was invited to attend Alibaba’s inaugural E-commerce Bootcamp from Sep-Dec 2021.
Thank you Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise, raiSE, Singapore Institute of Retail Studies, and Alibaba Group.
I have gained good insights into e-commerce locally & globally.
I will be applying these learnings very soon in my Social Enterprise. Really hope to gain more ground in digital commerce to do good for the community!
Enabling Mark "SILVER" August 2021
What is the Enabling Mark?
The Enabling Mark is a national-level accreditation framework by SG Enable that benchmarks and recognises organisations for their best practices and outcomes in disability-inclusive employment.
What the Enabling Mark says about recipients
Organisations with the Enabling Mark are committed to building disability inclusiveness. Presence of the mark signals that the organisation is:
Enabling Mark - SILVER Awards
BlkSG received Enabling Mark "SILVER" award today during the award ceremony graced by President Halimah Yacob.
The Enabling Mark Awards is organized by SG Enable to recognize the efforts of organizations and individuals for their best practices, outcomes, and commitment in disability-inclusive employment.
What the Enabling Mark says about recipients - Organisations with the Enabling Mark are committed to building disability inclusiveness. Presence of the mark signals that the organization is:
Empowering The organisation is open to hiring people with different abilities. It treats people with respect, and builds strong teams that leverage on different strengths. It values each individual and enables them to fulfil their potential.
Innovative The organisation adapts jobs and services to provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. This allows for the development of greater flexibility, new insights and an innovative mindset.
Collaborative The organisation is open to different perspectives, and seeks to make people feel integrated, included and valued. Its focus is on achieving more through teamwork, not individual effort alone. It embraces mutually beneficial relationships with employees, stakeholders and partners.