The inclusion of persons with disabilities is promoted on different fronts: sports, arts, private companies, social entrepreneurship, etc. One big Asian forum on inclusion this year was the Inclusive Sports Festival (ISF) which is Singapore’s largest festival of its kind.
2019 was the third edition of the ISF. This year the focus of the festival evolved into a partner-led event offering workshops and experiential activities for the community.
As part of the experiential activity’s lineup of the festival, Dialogue in the Dark Singapore participated in the ISF from August 1st to 4th offering two experiences: “fuzzy world” where visitors are getting glasses to simulate visual impairment and tried to solve a puzzle. And "Dark World" where visitors enter a dark world to participate in an activity and dialogue with the blind guides.
We spoke with Andrew Tan, DiD Singapore general Manager about this participation at the ISF: “From DiDsg, 8 guides were deployed over the 4 days in rotation. The participants came from the public and community partners, including the special needs community. We hosted Singapore's Minister of Culture, Community and Youth, Ms Grace Fu, and Minister of State, Mr Sam Tan in the Dark World. Our guides also hosted 500 visitors in the Dark World. Overall, the feedback was good and positive. It was a good opportunity to advocate for the possibilities and strengths of the blind, and further promote the presence of Dialogue in the Dark in Singapore.”
At DSE we are delighted to share such news because collaboration with common missions is what makes inclusion efforts stronger. This time DiD Singapore joined ISF on its inclusivity and awareness mission. And we hope for more and more of these collaborations around the globe!