Does Singapore Not Like Handicapped People?

Handicapped people in Singapore, do they exist? Of course you might say, then I will ask you where are they? Do they avoid “the streets” because of the starring, do they avoid coming out because of the inaccessibility of most public buildings and streets?

The Basics: An Open Minded Community

Within an open minded community you don’t get starred at when waiting in your wheel chair for the next MRT, in an open minded community people wont “Tsk” when you take up more space in that train because you are not able to stand.. in an open minded community people will help blind people to find the right way and show understanding towards mentally handicapped people.

Singapore Group However, applying the above to Singapore’s streets, the reactions shown in these situations as encountered by me so far are (mostly) far from those described.

A generalization would be wrong here but it is no rumor that the particular minor groups (just ask your gay friend, oh,he hasn’t outed himself yet? too bad!) are being looked at from a “different perspective”.

Read: My Comment On The Official Singapore Etiquette

Handicapped People In Singapore – A Rare View

The seldom sight of any disabled people on Singapore’s streets is a strange thing to stumble over, and it makes you wonder for the reasons.

I could not find any official numbers or statistics but the sheer abstinence of handicapped people in the public might just be enough to conclude why I got the idea do write this post.

Are handicapped people really widely accepted in the Singapore Community?

We Have Campaigns For Everything, Why Not For Handicapped People?

Singapore Handicapped Basketball In Europe we have uncountable campaigns to raise awareness for handicapped people every year, all public venues, museums, cinemas amusement parks do offer discounts for handicapped people and by law need to be barrier free, resp accessible for handicapped people, otherwise the operator will get hefty fines.

How about Singapore? I barely see things like that (yes, there was a SPD campaign 2009, but … hello!?). And while the 500s campaign to improve the spoken English language just gets another restart, I seriously wonder why the most important thing, to raise awareness and more important “acceptance” in the society does fall short once again.
Read: The 6 Most Weird Campaigns Seen In Singapore

Barrier Free Buildings And Transport?

Every time all my HDB lifts break down simultaneously I wonder what I would do If I was unable to walk, every time i have to walk zig-zag because of the scooter, bikes and transporters blocking the walkways everywhere I wonder how I would get by those obstacles if I was handicapped.

Several blog articles made me think about the problem handicapped people do face on Singapore’s streets every day.

How come the plan to make all public Buses accessible for handicapped people is currently scheduled for 2023!!

How come that out of 1000s of public buildings, malls and other venues in Singapore only 15 have features such as Taxi Stand, Lifts etc. that are all accessible for handicapped people?

Things Need To Change

There are more questions and there are more things to say, but pointing out some of the most important has been done and I would urge you to read more about the different Associations reg disabled / handicapped people under the following links:

Please let me know what you think about the current situation around handicapped people’s life in Singapore in the comments below!


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Mac

The other day I experienced exactly what you describe here (after just being here a month). A man in a wheel chair in an MRT train . It was packed and people starred and “tsk, tsk”. I was shocked and disgusted and nearly told those people to f…ing behave. However that would probably be even more humiliating for the poor guy in the wheelchair who was starring down at his knees all the way until I got of. This country really need to shape up when it comes to be a tolerant nation (I have also read the racism articles on this blog. What!?)

LordBuff

I have often wondered the same thing. At my place of work, we are renovating one of our offices which has a raised floor. However there are no plans to install a ramp, just a step. In most countries this would be illegal as it is discriminatory, here though, it was answered with a shrug of the shoulders.

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