Singapore can observe International Day of Persons with Disabilities with 'pride': Minister

Singapore can observe International Day of Persons with Disabilities with 'pride': Minister

From celebrating the exploits of Singapore's Paralympians at Rio to extending the Compulsory Education Act to children with special needs from 2019, Social and Family Development Minister Tan Chuan-Jin notes efforts to promote inclusiveness.

Tan Chuan-Jin with Shangri-La staff

SINGAPORE: On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Singapore can observe this special day with "pride", said Social and Family Development Minister Tan Chuan-Jin in his blogpost on Saturday (Dec 3).

Mr Tan said that in 2016, Singapore had celebrated the "indomitable spirits and triumphs" of the country's Paralympians at the Rio Paralympics, and began work on the third Enabling Masterplan - a five-year roadmap that guides it towards building an inclusive society for people with disabilities.

The Ministry of Education also announced this year the extension of the Compulsory Education Act to children with special needs from 2019, while Singapore has submitted the initial report on the Convention on the Rights Persons with Disabilities to the United Nations which it ratified in 2013, he added.

"The progress we have made to support persons with disability would not be possible without the many caregivers, voluntary welfare organisations, corporate partners and supportive individuals," Mr Tan said.

"Thank you for walking with us on this journey to build a caring and inclusive society."

Source: CNA/kk

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