Disability in Singapore

Curated news and resources on inclusion and rights

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This page has curated news from Singapore. There are a total of 13 links.


In Employment, Business and Work:

Inclusive hiring still a work in progress, despite strides made for people with disabilities (May, Today)


Accessibility and Design

Better accessibility for persons with disabilities set out in Enabling Masterplan for 2030. (2022, Channel News Asia)

Communication and Language

Sign Languages

Deaf community welcomes study on an official sign language but educational challenges remain:

“A government study on whether to turn a local sign language into a national one is welcomed [...] The Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) is a 70-year-old home-grown mix of Shanghainese and American sign languages that also uses manually-coded English and words from the local vernacular.” (Feb, Channel News Asia)

Culture, Entertainment and Media

'I just feel happy': Profile of Fern Wong, a visual artist with Down syndrome who has won several local and international competitions. (Feb, CNA)

Education and Childhood

Schools inculcating empathy for students with special needs; Ministry of Education calls on parents to help too. (Apr, Ministry of Education)

Employment, Business and Work

Inclusive hiring still a work in progress, despite strides made for people with disabilities (May, Today)

Leadership commitment is key to scaling disability inclusion (2022, The Business Times)

Singapore executes man on drugs charge, rejecting mental disability plea. (2022, BBC) UN human rights exerts called for an immediate moratorium on use of the death penalty.

Pending Execution Highlights Singapore’s Failures on Disability Rights. "During a hearing on March 1, Singapore’s highest court made clear that Singapore law does not prohibit the execution of people with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities." (2022, Human Rights Watch)

Court upholds death sentence of man with learning disabilities “Outcry over drug smuggling case of Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam, who could be executed in days” (2022, the Guardian)

Singapore urged to halt two executions over disability concerns (2022, the Guardian)

Singapore courts set to consider executions amid fears authorities want to clear backlog Case of Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam, who has learning difficulties, among four to be heard next week (2022, the Guardian)

Policy and Rights

A collection of essays: Not Without Us: Perspectives on Disability and Inclusion in Singapore. “In a city-state slowly moving towards inclusion, how do those meant to be 'included' feel about such efforts?” (2023, Ethos Books) See an extract from one of the chapters, on medicine and marginality.

Experts of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Ask Questions on the Death Penalty and Access to Health Insurance. (2022, OHCHR)