Spreading message of inclusivity islandwide

Arianna Azmi - who has a rare chromosome disorder that affects her physical development - making her way across a balance beam with the help of her mother, Madam Sara Handayani, during World Play Day at Pasir Ris Elias Community Club yesterday.
Arianna Azmi - who has a rare chromosome disorder that affects her physical development - making her way across a balance beam with the help of her mother, Madam Sara Handayani, during World Play Day at Pasir Ris Elias Community Club yesterday.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

The message of inclusivity was spread across the island yesterday, through events held to promote acceptance of those with disabilities.

In Pasir Ris, children of different abilities indulged in a day of play together to celebrate World Play Day, organised by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore in partnership with the North East Community Development Council and Pasir Ris Elias Community Club.

About 300 children and their parents were joined by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, to encourage interaction between mainstream children and children with special needs. The event was also held simultaneously in Tampines and Kaki Bukit, where about 80 residents took part.

"We don't see disabilities as a burden because when you see them playing, it is a different feeling," said Madam Sara Handayani, 40, who was at the Pasir Ris event.

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Her daughter, four-year-old Arianna Azmi, has a rare chromosome disorder that affects her physical development.

Over at Kovan Hub, more than 140 jobs suitable for people with disabilities were on offer from participating employers such as Marina Bay Sands, National Library Board and Keppel Logistics. The jobs were in areas such as healthcare, hospitality and public service.

Across the island in Woodlands, about 500 people, including Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth Sim Ann, participated in the inaugural Adapted Sports Adventure Day.

More than 130 people with disabilities tried out sports such as goalball, seated basketball and curling at the event held at Singapore Sports School. Three-time Paralympic champion Yip Pin Xiu, who also participated in the sports day, said: "It is always great to see the community come together to actively learn about disability sports and try it out for themselves."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 21, 2017, with the headline 'Spreading message of inclusivity islandwide'. Print Edition | Subscribe