The National Council of Social Service (NCSS) is inviting the public to make pledges of actions to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities in Singapore. This exercise is part of a year-long campaign to gather support in creating an inclusive society for persons with disabilities.
Members of the public can do so online at www.WeAreAble.sg or fill up a pledge card available at five voluntary welfare organisations. They include the Singapore Association for the Deaf, Society for the Physically Disabled and the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore).
The council has already received more than 300 pledges since the site went live in late March.Among the pledges received: be sensitive to special needs students; champion for rights of persons with disabilities; and look out for them and give assistance or listening ear.
On Monday morning, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong had also submitted an entry which said: "I pledge to get more of my friends to help others."
The campaign also aims to educate the public on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which Singapore signed on Nov 30 last year.
The 50 articles of the UNCRPD cover key themes like accessibility, inclusiveness and access to opportunities for persons with disabilities to maximise their potential.