Enable IT Forum

EIT Forum

Date/Time: 27 July 2019, Saturday, 0930-1230 hrs
Theme: “Enriching Lives through Accessibility”

Join us to find out how Infocomm and Assistive Technology (IT/AT) can improve the lives of seniors and persons with disabilities (PWDs).

Be inspired by the unique experiences through sharing sessions by PWDs, caregiver and industry experts on how lives can be transformed through adoption of IT/AT.

Programme

Time (Hours)Programme
 0900 - 0930Registration of Guests 
 0930 - 0935 Guests to be seated by 9.30am
House Keeping by Emcee 
 0935 - 0945 Opening Address by Assistance Chief Executive (Planning & 
Digital Readiness) 
 0945 – 1025 

Session 1 
Experiential Learning through Apps

Associate Prof Wong Meng Ee 
Early Childhood & Special Needs Education 
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological 
University

 1025 – 1105 

Session 2 
Enriching Lives for You and Me 

Mdm Siti Fadillah Binte Mohamed Noor 
Parent and caregiver of child with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy 

 1105 – 1145

Session 3 
ICT Accessibility – Your Pathway to more Opportunities 

Mr Wong Zi Heng  
Teacher 
Bedok South Secondary School 

 1145 -1230

Session 4 
Accessibility Empower Lives 

Mr Ivan Tan 
Senior Manager 
Specialised Assistive Technology Centre 
SPD

 1230 Closing

Registration

Click here to register for the programmes. The registration closing date is 17 July 2019.

Speaker details

Session 1 - Experiential Learning through Apps

 

Wong Meng Ee

Associate Prof Wong Meng Ee
Early Childhood & Special Needs Education
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University 

A/Prof. Wong Meng Ee is an Associate Professor who teaches diploma, undergraduate and post graduate courses in special education and educational psychology. An avid user of assistive technology himself, A/Prof Wong champions the use of assistive technology for the visually impaired. His research interests include inclusive education, disability studies and support for students with visual impairments and teacher education. He has researched, presented papers and conducted several international and regional workshops including the CSUN Conference 2011 (U.S.), i-CREATe 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 (Thailand/Singapore) where he was previously plenary speaker and recently Scientific Programme Co-Chair.

Beyond his academic pursuits, A/Prof Wong is also a former national swimmer to an active runner. He also serves on the Board of SG Enable; iC2Prephouse; SPD Services Committee; Steering Committee of the 2015 ASEAN ParaGames and Chairs the Goh Chok Tong Enable Awards Evaluation Panel.

A/Prof Wong will bring us through how technology influences learning and what to consider when we seek to incorporate technology in the process of learning. By understanding accessibility features, users, therapists and teachers can better access these applications. A/Prof Wong will introduce VoiceOver, Apple's built-in feature designed to make their devices more accessible to the blind and visually impaired and other useful applications for the visually impaired. This presentation hopes to unlock the potential for improving the lives of PWDs to access a world of possibilities.

Session 2 - Enriching Lives for You and Me 

Siti Fadillah Binte Mohamed Noor

Mdm Siti Fadillah Binte Mohamed Noor
Parent and caregiver of child with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy

Siti Fadillah Binte Mohamed is a proud stay-at-home mother of 3 beautiful children, aged 6, 14 and 16. In 2008, she gave up her full time job as an administrative officer to become the main caregiver to her eldest child, Sayfullah, who was born with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. 

Fadillah will share how IT/AT technology has helped her and her son overcome their day-to-day challenges. In particular, how the adoption of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) has enabled Sayfullah to communicate and engage socially and thus boosting his confidence and improve his quality of life.

Session 3 - ICT Accessibility – Your Pathway to more Opportunities

Wong Zi Heng

Mr Wong Zi Heng 
Teacher
Bedok South Secondary School

Zi Heng suffered a cervical spinal cord injury during an orientation camp in August 2013, when he was a Year 2 Physics student at NUS. The accident left him paralysed from chest down and in most parts of his arms, including his thumbs and fingers. He took a year of leave from school undergoing rehabilitation to relearn basic activities of daily living; from sitting to eating, and from writing to using of phone and computer. Zi Heng subsequently returned to school in August 2014 and with the support from his family and friends, he completed his remaining 3 years of his degree and graduated in 2017. 

Zi Heng is grateful that his injury happened at a time when technology is accessible and constantly advancing. He will share how he has benefited from using technologies that are designed for the general population as most of these technologies are not specifically for people with disabilities, but can be found in smartphones people carry today. These have helped him in completing many tasks in his personal daily life. Zi Heng is excited for the future where technologies may bring more convenience and opportunities, enabling him to do much more than he currently can.

Session 4 - Accessibility Empower Lives

Ivan Tan

Mr Ivan Tan
Senior Manager
Specialized Assistive Technology Centre
SPD

Ivan is a Senior Manager with SPD’s Specialised Assistive Technology Centre, a specialist clinic set up to provide Assistive Technology assessments and training for PWDs. The centre also operates the AT Loan Library, with over 700 types of AT devices available for loan.  Ivan is currently engaged in initiatives for Web Accessibility, Universal Design in learning, and job accommodations for PWDs. With over two decades of experience in training, coaching, and curriculum design, Ivan appreciates how technology plays an integral part in lifelong learning.

Ivan will share how accessibility features incorporated in mainstream technologies like smart phone and other consumer devices could empower lives of PWDs and seniors arising from disability and aging.

Last updated on: 03 Jul 2019