Inclusion has been an important buzzword in Singapore for the past two decades, guiding much of our direction as a nation.
We can see this from the development of our physical infrastructure, as evident from our feature in a recent BBC article entitled "4 Cities Putting Disabled Travellers First".
It celebrated Singapore’s infrastructure, touting that “more than 95 per cent of pedestrian walkways, taxi stands and bus shelters [in Singapore] are accessible to people living with a variety of impairments".
Even our attractions like Gardens by the Bay were celebrated as “a model of accessibility”. When I was growing up in the 1980s things were quite different, and it was a lot harder for a disabled person like myself to get around our city-state.
On Monday (Apr 3) K9Assistance had its K9 Empawer Walk 2023, a 5km evening walk along The Promontory @ Marina Bay.
The first ever Singapore’s walk celebrating the bond between persons with disabilities and assistance dogs.
The big news on social media last week was Paralympian Sophie Soon and her experience at a Rocky Masters café in Hougang.