Discipline the City



While accessibility is a buzzword these days, disabled communities remain mostly unseen and unheard in public spaces. For many, accessing public facilities and spaces requires countless micro decisions and lifestyle adjustments – seemingly simple actions such as getting on and off a bus or train, or navigating crowds can become onerous tasks for persons with disabilities. This workshop aims to challenge how the everyday can be better designed for those with disabilities – from the streets that we walk on, to workplace cultures and the implications of Singapore ratifying the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in August 2013.

Participants will experience an accessibility discovery trail, involving a short exercise on spotting areas within the built environment which can be improved on. After a discussion and brainstorming about how the public can think about accessibility in urban space(s) for those with disabilities, and what constraints and opportunities exist within them, participants will also be encouraged to find out what else they can do to initiate or collaborate on projects that could help improve accessibility. 

This workshop is open to all.


Danielle Hong
Danielle is currently a researcher with the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre. She was previously a research associate at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), looking at migration, integration and multiculturalism. She is finishing up a working paper funded by ISEAS on the emergence of ground-up initiatives in Singapore, and is interested in cultural activism and new forms of social collectives in relation to civil society.

Lim Jingjie
Jingjie works in the Strategic Partnership Team at the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, engaging non-profit organisations and looking into how we can encourage more citizens to organise their own ground-up movements to do good. He is interested in ways people can build a more inclusive environment and has experience volunteering in the Deaf community and starting his own initiative to advocate for more captions/subtitles in academic videos to benefit deaf and hard-of-hearing learners as well as visual learners.