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Ableism in Singapore

Exploring the factors of Ableism & it's presence and prevalence in the local context

A'qilah Saiere

on 7 January 2014

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Transcript of Ableism in Singapore

Amanda Ting, A'qilah Saiere, Charmian Loei,
Dawn Sng & Haziqah Shamin

Ableism in Singapore
Michal B.
Removing physical boundaries
is the first step of course.
But removing boundaries
within one's self & society as a whole
will help with anti-ableism!
Paralympics -
Who said they were any less "able"?
Discrimination in favour
of the able-bodied
What is Ableism?
How prevalent is Ableism in Singapore?
Ableism in Education & Socioeconomy
The Interview
What are the factors that contribute to Ableism?
The Chicken & Egg Situation
How can we intervene as teachers?
A social experiment was conducted in attempts to
access Singaporeans' perspective on the underlining
factors that contribute to
Ableism in Education & Socioeconomy
How Prevalent is Ableism in Singapore?
1. Lack on inclusive practice
in mainstream schools.
2. Reluctant and untrained teachers.
3. Stressful learning environment
for children with disabilities
Ableism in Education
1. Students get restless and bored.
2. Unmotivated to learn even in
areas of strength.
3. Lands students and families
in stressful situations.
As a result -:
1. Absence of insurance
for pre-existing conditions (disabilities).
2. High-cost of Special Education & Occupational Therapy
3. Long waiting lists in subsidized organizations.
4. Lack of opportunities for interaction.
Ableism in Socioeconomy
Lack of Universal Design in physical environments
- eg. barrier-free environments
Other Factors -:
This leads to a natural social segregation.
20 in the year 2012
Diagnosed with:
Description of disabilities:
C experiences difficulty in his reading, he tends to skip lines in a large body of text and differentiated lower case letters such as b and d.
Educational background:
C studied in Singapore until the age of 14 in the mainstream general education system. He then moved to New Zealand to continue his education in the local high school where he focused on subjects like sports & leisure, arts, photography, science and English.
An Interview with a Singaporean with Dyslexia
The Interview
Ableism in Singapore is as subtle as it can ever get
it is NOT non-existent!
The Chicken & Egg Situation
1. Early Education = Foundation
2. Always work on child's strength
3. Provide individualized instructions
4. Always be ready to provide additional access to support
5. Maximise the use of
CRP, UDL, DI & UbD as much as possible
How can we intervene as Educators?
Always Remember:
1. Teachers Attitude = Priority for it
shapes the attitude of her students.
2. Teachers have the responsibility
to nurture critical and creative thinkers.
3. Be ready to create guided opportunities
to tackle ableism head-on!
Every new generation
needs a new revolution.
Thomas Jefferson

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