The disabled and the arts in Singapore

We have many talented artists with disabilities. Yet public opinion lags in its attitude towards the disabled, leaving many of them feeling like second-class citizens.

Artist Raymond Lau, 53, was afflicted with Tourette syndrome at the age of seven. He is a successful painter with a following of collectors.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

For The Straits Times

My interest in connecting the disabled and the arts was inspired by three artists I admire: a musician, a painter and a poet. They convinced me that disability does not mean no ability. They showed me that a disabled person could still be a world-class artist. The human spirit is indomitable.

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