The Enabling Village, Singapore’s first community space with a range of facilities and services tailored to people with disabilities, was unveiled by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 2 Dec. The Enabling Village was jointly developed by the Ministry of Social and Family Development and SG Enable, a government-established agency which helps people with disabilities.
Prime Minister Lee said that this Village was a part of a masterplan for the disability sector to make Singapore more accessible for all. “In Singapore, we are building a fair and just society which respects every person… Each of us can contribute in a different way, no matter who he or she is, what he or she is born with or without.”
Located in Lengkok Bahru near the Redhill MRT station, the Village comes with a gym and a FairPrice supermarket that offer universal design features which can be used by people with or without disabilities. For instance, the supermarket has lower checkout counters for wheelchair users, and magnifying glasses so that labels can be easily read.
Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin said that the Enabling Village was another step towards building a more inclusive society where people with disabilities can live more independently and be more engaged in the wider community
Food outlets run by Soul Food and Shatec, which hire people with disabilities, and an art gallery where visitors can buy artworks and merchandise designed by people with autism can also be found in the Village.
The Village is expected to bring new opportunities for people with disabilities, giving job support while promoting interaction with the wider community through shared spaces and events. People with disabilities who wish to improve their job prospects can tap on the Village’s information and career centre, or enrol in training courses that are offered by the Village.
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Source: “Disabled get their own one-stop village,” The Straits Times, 3 Dec 2015
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