Towards an Inclusive Workforce 2013

Singapore – Sep 6. Close to 100 participants, including persons with disabilities, employers, policy makers and social service professionals attended the Towards an Inclusive Workforce 2013 (TIWF 2013) event at the NTUC Business Centre.

Employers and representatives from Government agencies and non-profit organisations attended the TIWF 2013 to discuss the challenges, needs and strategies to enable people with disabilities to be employed in the workforce.

Employers and representatives from Government agencies and non-profit organisations attended the TIWF 2013 to discuss the challenges, needs and strategies to enable people with disabilities to be employed in the workforce.

During the event, four students with disabilities received the Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship award to pursue higher education in Information Technology.

While persons with disabilities can equip themselves with relevant skills, there is a need for employers and co-workers to understand how they can provide job accommodations to enable persons with disabilities to be more productive at work. [...]

Assistive Technology Enables Employment for Person with Visual Impairment

Singapore – Despite a visual impairment that prevents him from reading his own handwriting, Gerald Bartholomew is able to hold a job as a stock controller with the help of Assistive Technology (AT).

Gerald Bartholomew, who has visual impairment, uses the screen magnifier to read from his computer screen at work.

Gerald Bartholomew, who has visual impairment, uses the screen magnifier to read from his computer screen at work.

Gerald uses a desktop video magnifier for reading documents, and a handheld video magnifier to read the fine print on product labels. In order to read from his computer monitor, Gerald uses screen magnification software to enlarge the computer display. These assistive devices enable him to manage the inventory for all three branches of The Animal Clinic in Singapore. The Ministry of Social and Family Development provides various schemes to help employers [...]

Independent and Employed Despite Visual Impairment

Siew Ling

Siew Ling, who has visual impairment, uses a screen reader to read from her computer screen at work as a market intelligence analyst.

Tan Siew Ling lost her sight at age 11. However her visual impairment did not stop her from completing her education and being employed.

Unable to read from her computer screen, Tan uses a screen reader which provides an audio output from her computer. This enables her to work as a market intelligence analyst in a headhunting firm where [...]

Gainful Employment and Work Preparation for Persons with Disabilities

Low attends a work briefing together with other TechWerkz trainees to understand the delivery requirements of a project. TechWerkz provides a simulated work environment where trainees learn how to work in teams to achieve the project requirements. Photo|Royson Poh

Low attends a work briefing together with other TechWerkz trainees to understand the delivery requirements of a project. TechWerkz provides a simulated work environment where trainees learn how to work in teams to achieve the project requirements. Photo: Royson Poh

Singapore – May 10. TechWerkz, a supported employment programme under the Infocomm Accessiblity Centre (IAC) provides people with disabilities with on-the-job training. TechWerks undertakes projects such as data entry, scanning and telemarketing. These projects serve to provide training as well as some income for people with disabilities.

Low Junin, 22, has a mobility impairment and attends TechWerkz on a daily basis. [...]

Soft Skills Courses Enhance Employability of People with Disabilities

Job seekers with disabilities attending “Selecting the Right Job” soft skills training at IACon 25 March 2013Photo: IAC

Job seekers with disabilities attending “Selecting the Right Job” soft skills training at IAC on 25 March 2013
Photo: IAC


IAC launched a series of soft skill courses in February this year to help people with disabilities seeking employment stand out from the rest during their job search. Sixteen individuals with different disabilities attended the 48-hour training series over eight weeks. [...]

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