Ensure place in society for all levels of ability

Given the necessary assistance, every individual with disability can be an asset to society ("One-stop community space for disabled people"; Thursday).

The Enabling Village launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday has reaffirmed the Government's commitment to building an egalitarian and inclusive society which respects and treasures every human being.

There are about 97,200 physically challenged people living among us, and they can live fruitful, purposeful and independent lives if job and training opportunities are made available to them.

They should be assisted and integrated, and when and where possible, their talents and skills tapped, interests stimulated and services employed.

People with disabilities are often seen at the occasional, high-profile charity function where different paths meet and cross, but hardly interact.

Those with physical disabilities possess a sense of optimism, as they desire to be enabled, to remain viable and valuable members of their families and communities.

It is, thus, important for us to change the manner we perceive, act and respond to the plight, needs and requirements of our less fortunate citizens.

Those with physical disabilities possess a sense of optimism, as they desire to be enabled, to remain viable and valuable members of their families and communities.

Hence, all of us must play a pivotal role in helping them realise their dreams and ensure that they have a rightful place in society.

Jeffrey Law Lee Beng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 05, 2015, with the headline 'Ensure place in society for all levels of ability'. Print Edition | Subscribe