Disabled's new drive to tackle apathy

Disabled's new drive to tackle apathy
Part of the awareness campaign launched by the Disabled People's Association, these posters will be up in trains, MRT stations and bus stops.

From taking trains to getting into lifts, the disabled face plenty of obstacles getting around.

Now, the Disabled People's Association (DPA) wants the public to realise this and give way as it launches its biggest awareness campaign yet.

"Their greatest disability is our apathy" is the tagline for the six-week campaign, which starts next Monday.

Not only will posters be put up in trains, MRT stations and bus stops, the campaign will also feature a short video of Paralympic swimmer Yip Pin Xiu, which shows the 21-year-old going about her daily routine.

The clip, which will be shown on social media sites such as YouTube and in cinemas, ends with her being obstructed at a barrier-free access ramp, because a car is parked there.

DPA president Nicholas Aw said yesterday that there is "still a lot to do to change mindsets".

"The real issue is whether people are aware of the difficulties faced by those with disabilities. If they knew that their actions may cause inconvenience to others, I'm very sure people will give way," he said.

Ms Yip, who was born with muscular dystrophy, said that one common problem for the disabled is crowded lifts.

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