Celebrating Abilities of Persons with Special Needs

Home-grown bubble tea brand LiHO TEA, will be launching a specially concocted tea drink in support of the campaign in March 2019, that will be available in over 15 stores island-wide. They are also working with Amelia Tan, a student with autism from Very Special Arts Singapore Ltd, to design their concept store at Cathay Cineleisure, as well as cup sleeves for the brand. LiHO TEA has plans for this concept store to be inclusive, and they intend for the store to be entirely managed by persons with special needs.
Ren Ren Hao drinks will be retailed at the following outlets from 20 March onwards.
1. JEM
2. Vivo City
3. MBS
4. City Square Mall
5. Nex
6. White Sands
7. Bedok Mall
8. Tampines Hub
9. Northpoint
10. Bugis+
11. Clementi Mall
12. Suntec City L2
13. Wisma Atria
14. Orchard Gateway
15. Cineleisure

Increasing Opportunities for Interaction

• KFC Singapore
From March to April 2019, KFC Singapore will show their support through specially designed tray-mats distributed in 83 stores island-wide, that provide patrons with tips on how they can better interact with persons with disabilities. KFC currently hires over 90 employees with disabilities.
• OUE Social Kitchen
OUE Social Kitchen will be working with a home-cook from Disabled People's Association (DPA) to conduct an inclusive cooking and dining session for members of the public, in April 2019.
• Disabled People's Association (DPA)
NCSS has partnered the Disabled People's Association (DPA) to roll out a series of Let's Chat sessions, to offer members of the public the opportunity to meet DPA's inclusion ambassadors, who will share their stories and experiences of living with disabilities. Participants will be able to ask questions and engage in inclusive experiential activities which are designed to provide a richer understanding of persons with disabilities in work, social and community settings. Partners that have or will be hosting Let's Chat in their respective venues include KFC SingaporeMcDonald's Singapore, the National Library Board, the National Museum of Singapore, and OUE Social Kitchen.


Encourage Participation through Socio-Recreational Activities

• National Library Board (NLB)
NCSS is exploring opportunities with the National Library Board (NLB) to leverage their existing programmes like Read Fest!, Meet the Authors Session and National Reading Movement to engage everyone through the common love of books. NCSS partnered NLB last year to introduce a series of inclusive reading activities in public libraries. The activities included a Meet-the-Authors session, where authors who were persons with special needs or caregivers to persons with special needs, shared their personal journeys; an immersive storytelling session for children; a display of inclusive-themed books in some of the libraries, as well as a Let's Chat session, where members of the public were able to meet and interact with persons with special needs.
• People's Association Water Venture
NCSS is working with People's Association Water Venture to organise a series of inclusive sports carnivals across Singapore, from January to October 2019. Six carnivals comprising inclusive waterfront lifestyle programmes will be held at various Water-Venture outlets, offering a variety of curated thematic experience for communities of all abilities.
• Love-in-a-Bento @ South West

Love-in-a-bento @ South West is a joint collaboration between South West Community Development CouncilSingapore Hotel and Tourism Education Centre (SHATEC)TOUCH Home CareDorcas Home CareThye Hua Kwan Home CareMINDS and Autism Association of Singapore (AAS) and NCSS, as an initiative under the Meals Service @ South West.

Through the four festive bento distribution per year, the programme aims to:

  1. Engage persons with special needs in South West District to distribute customised bento sets to provide a special dinner meal to seniors in South West District who are not able to cook or buy their own meals due to mobility issues;
  2. Allow the community to remember the more vulnerable seniors in our midst during festive celebrations; and
  3. Allow various organisations to come together to volunteer in their respective areas of expertise or interest, in line with “Many Helping Hands” approach