Grant Call 8 (CLOSED for application)
Work and Community Integration
PwDs desire to be treated just as much as a person without disability would be. How then could we support PwDs (each with their different needs and behaviours) to participate and integrate them in the community naturally without explicitly calling attention to their disabilities?
Unfortunately, there is a lack of formal social support that enables social interactions with PwDs. PwDs who lack a positive environment where they are challenged to grow, take on responsibilities and given chances to makes decisions for themselves tend to be more withdrawn, isolated and disempowered.
Thus, the need to create an environment - that provides sustainable social support and interactions becomes important. Experiential opportunities over the long term in key touchpoints like at home, schools, companies and neighbourhoods will also help shift public attitudes and build relationships.
In addition, an excerpt from Enabling Master Plan 3 also suggests that in building an inclusive society that is accepting of PWDs, the community and society play an important role – whether as neighbours, service providers, employers, or the general public including PWDs themselves, in understanding and acknowledging that they form the ecosystem of mutual support which will allow one and all to live independently and be included in the community.
Above all, everyone will benefit from being shown a vision and narrative of how a truly inclusive society can look like - where PwDs and people without disabilities can interact seamlessly and naturally.
How might we create opportunities where Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) are supported to participate equally in society, just as people without disabilities do?
PERSONAS & INSIGHTS
PwDs are not all the same in terms of how ready and empowered they are to fully participate in society.
Desire to be treated normally
PwDs desire to be treated just like how a person without disability would be treated. While some of their needs may be unique to their condition and they may need support or assistance at times, they wish to do so in a way that respects their autonomy and dignity, preferably without any labels that sets them apart and draws public gaze to their disability, and presumes they are more different or special than any average person.
Different level of empowerment
Some PwDs are disempowered and need more support, some prefer to blend in and not let their disability be noticed, while a few others are confident and empowered to call attention to their disability and engage on related issues without feeling any lesser.
Different personas behave differently when it comes to their needs and challenges with respect to community integration. Engage each persona differently in a targeted way that best addresses their needs.
To engage each PwD in a targeted way that best addresses their needs, we need to consider how different personas behave differently when it comes to their needs and challenges with regards to community integration – how empowered they are (intrinsic factors), and how their external environment is (extrinsic factors).
Conditions for nurturing empowerment
One common need required for PwDs to succeed in integration is for PwDs to thrive in safe, encouraging environments where there is social-emotional support for them to be challenged to grow.
Unfortunately, formal social support at home, school, workplace or neighbourhood are often lacking, and informally, the public often do not know how to support/interact with them.
Shifting from pity to empathy
Creating experiential opportunities for 2-way interaction and building relationships over time between the PwDs and people without disabilities will go a long way in shifting public attitudes from pity to empathy, and finally to neutral/natural.
Possible design opportunities & ideas
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How to apply
The following diagram illustrates the application process.
Before you apply
Take note of the theme of the current grant call and its closing date. Attend the briefing session to learn about the grant application process and gather information on the grant call. Take note of the eligibility criteria and the project guidelines.
Download the Application Form.
Read the details of the grant on SG Enable’s website carefully and ensure that your project fulfills all criteria listed on the website. Complete the Application Form and submit it to SG Enable via email to email@example.com or post to 20 LengkokBahru, #02-06, Singapore 159053.
After you apply
Upon receipt of your completed application form, Tote Board – Enabling Lives Initiative Grant Programme Office will send you an acknowledgement email. The Grant Programme Office may get in touch with you to better understand your project idea and your organisation.
You may be requested to provide more information where necessary.
If your project is shortlisted, you will be invited to meet up with the Grant Programme Office to further develop and refine your project ideas. All refined project proposals will be subjected to a review and evaluation by an independent Grant Evaluation Committee.
If the application is successful, you will be informed and a letter of offer will be sent to you. All unsuccessful applicants will be informed accordingly.
- Grant Call 1: Information and Resources,
- Grant Call 2: Caregiver Support,
- Grant Call 3: Transition Management,
- Grant Call 4a: Accessibility and Mobility,
- Grant Call 4b: Transition to Work,
- Grant Call 5: Data & Technology: Independent Living & Future Care,
- Grant Call 6: Enriching Social Life And Expanding Work Opportunities,
- Grant Call 7: Caregiver Support - Emergent Daily Needs,
- Grant Call 8: Work and Community Integration