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Two friends hope to set up Singapore's first disabled-friendly gym

Published on Jul 17, 2014 9:19 AM
 
Mr Ryan Ng (standing) and Ms Debra Lam (right) with the Deaf Dragons - a dragon boat team comprising hearing-impaired members that was set up in 2012 by the duo. They are currently working on a project to establish a gym that would cater for disabled people who want a place to work out. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Singapore could be about to get its first disabled-friendly gym.

Planned features include having enough space between machines for wheelchair users to move around, tactile indicators for the blind, and staff who know sign language.

The two friends behind the idea - part-time marketing executive Debra Lam, 21, and full-time national serviceman Ryan Ng, 23 - are conducting market research on the idea after hearing about the inconveniences disabled people face when trying to keep fit.

Ms Lam told The Straits Times: "We know from some team members at Deaf Dragons that they find it difficult when using gym equipment for the first time because people can't understand them when they need help."

 
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WHAT'S NEEDED

  • Having enough space between machines for wheelchair users to move around
  • Tactile indicators for the blind
  • Staff who know sign language
  • Disabled-friendly doors
  • Disabled-friendly toilet cubicles

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