Community space to integrate disabled people launched

Community space to integrate disabled people launched
The supermarket at the Enabling Village has lower shelves for wheelchair users. Other facilities at the 30,000 sq m site near Redhill MRT Station include a gym, a playground and an outdoor amphitheatre. Able-bodied people can benefit from many of the facilities and services too.
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PEOPLE with disabilities now have a place that brings a range of facilities and services together for them under one roof. Called the Enabling Village, it is the first community space here dedicated to integrating people with disabilities in society.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched the village yesterday evening.

Located a short walk from Redhill MRT Station, the 30,000 sq m site brings a range of services under one roof for people with disabilities. Able-bodied people can benefit from many of the facilities and services too.

Inclusive facilities at the Enabling Village include a gym, a playground, a supermarket and an outdoor amphitheatre - all of which have universal design features and can be used by people with and without disabilities.

For instance, the supermarket there has lower check-out counters and shelves for wheelchair users, and magnifying glasses for people with poor vision to read price labels more easily.

There are also food outlets which hire people with disabilities and a retail art gallery where people can buy works of art and merchandise such as mugs and notebooks designed by people with autism.

To help people with disabilities improve their job prospects, the Enabling Village has an information and career centre, and training facilities such as a mock hotel room for people to learn hotel housekeeping. Training courses are also offered there.

It cost $25 million to build the village, which was developed by SG Enable - a government-established agency which helps people with disabilities - and the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin said: "People with disabilities are valued members of our society... We hope to help them live them more independent lives and be more engaged in the wider community."

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