SINGAPORE: Support for people with disabilities has grown in Singapore since the Republic first commemorated the International Day of Disability in 1992, Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin said on Thursday (Dec 3).
In a Facebook post marking the day, Mr Tan said today, people with disabilities have more options in Singapore - be it in education, employment, transport or living arrangements within the community.
However, Mr Tan also noted that while there has been progress on several fronts, more needs to be done.
"In 2012, we launched our second Enabling Masterplan, a blueprint of policies, programmes and services to foster greater inclusion for persons with disabilities. Many of the recommendations in the plan have been implemented. In 2013, we ratified the United Nation convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities," he wrote.
Mr Tan added that this year saw the opening of the Enabling Village, a community facility providing employment opportunities and space for persons with disabilities to interact with others in the community.
The minister also noted that this year's United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities coincides with the opening of the ASEAN Para Games in Singapore.
"The spirit of the Games embodies the empowerment of people of all abilities via sports. It resonates with the theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities - ‘Inclusion matters: Access and empowerment of people of all abilities’," said Mr Tan.
He also thanked the caregivers, voluntary welfare organisations, corporate partners and individuals who have been part of the journey.
"With your continued support, I am confident that we will build a more inclusive Singapore, where persons with disabilities can lead meaningful lives and participate fully as members of our society," Mr Tan said.