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Singapore Professionals with Disabilities Network Launched

Now professionals with disabilities and their allies have a network to share experiences and help each other.

Singapore Professionals with Disabilities Network Launch
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The network connects professionals with disabilities (PwDs) and their allies, with the aim of sharing experience, knowledge and resources. It also serves as a platform to “promote disability inclusion at the workplace, help organisations build their disability confidence and facilitate networking opportunities.”

Singapore Professionals with Disabilities Network (PwD SG) was launched on Tuesday (19th March) at LinkedIn’s Singapore office.

The network connects professionals with disabilities (PwDs) and their allies, with the aim of sharing experience, knowledge and resources. It also serves as a platform to “promote disability inclusion at the workplace, help organisations build their disability confidence and facilitate networking opportunities.”

Founders Marcus Quah and Adrian Yap decided to start the networking group for PwDs after sharing experiences of how they had met many accomplished individuals with disabilities who can offer valuable insights to other peers with disabilities.

“We use the term ‘professional’ because we believe everyone with a disability has a skill,” Quah shared at the launch event.

Quah, who has a hearing impairment, recounted spending his growing years feeling left out and viewing his disability with a negative mindset. One day, he met a deputy director of a charity at a networking event who would change his outlook in life.

3.4% of the 2.3 million resident labour force in Singapore are disabled, but only 0.55% of them are employed.

“Knowing that I am not alone with a disability and that a deaf senior could hold a senior position as director, it made me rethink of what I could achieve in life. I started with nothing but through networking with people, I had access to opportunities. With my experience, I hope to create more networking opportunities for professionals with disabilities through this platform.”

3.4% of the 2.3 million resident labour force in Singapore are disabled, but only 0.55% of them are employed. PwD SG wants to improve the employment numbers among people with disabilities through engaging multiple stakeholders, including employers.

“Though they may be interested to hire people with disabilities, sometimes there are nitty-gritty details they may not learn from just reading a toolkit or online guide,” Yap said, “What’s important is to come down to the ground and speak with people with disabilities, and how they can integrate into the company.”

The network will be organising more sessions in the near future. Follow them on LinkedIn for updates.


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