Increasing Adoption & Building Capabilities
The Enable IT Programme aims to build an inclusive society and enable Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) through adoption of Infocomm and Assistive Technologies (IT/AT) to enhance their abilities and skillsets required for independent living.
By equipping PWDs with relevant technological tools and skills, they will be able to leverage on technologies to enhance their capabilities for daily living, education and employment, pursue their goals, live independently and realise their aspirations.
- IT/AT Loan Library – A collaboration between IMDA and SPD, the IT/AT Loan Library was set up to provide trial and loan services of IT/AT devices to individual PWDs, Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs), and Special Education (SPED) schools. Through the loan services, beneficiaries are able to determine the suitability and make informed decisions on the appropriate prior IT/AT devices to adopt.
- IT/AT@VWOs – To drive meaningful engagements and empower PWDs in VWOs, IMDA supports the integration of appropriate IT/AT within their facilities and curate content to enhanced their learnings. Mainstream devices such as tablets and mobile devices with in-built accessibility features can be readily adopted, and loaded appropriate applications with localised content to engage their beneficiaries.
- IT/AT Ambassadors – IMDA collaborates with technology corporates such as Apple and Microsoft to train a group of PWDs to be IT/AT ambassadors on built-in assistive technology. These ambassadors will eventually be assigned to impart their knowledge on inclusive technological practices within the disability community.
Continuing efforts in raising awareness on the benefits of IT/AT adoption, disability stakeholders can discover and better understand how adoption of mainstream technologies can benefit PWDs.
- Forums, seminars and bite-size workshops with customised content are organised to help promote and educate PWDs, disability sector stakeholders and potential employers on the benefits and features of using mainstream devices to meet the needs of PWDs as well as to increase their productivity. In addition, the E2 Connect forum will be organised once every 2 years and aims to educate and increase awareness of tech adoption among the PWD sector and the general public.
Through the initiatives, PWDs will be equipped with relevant IT/AT tools and skills, encouraging independent living and enhance their employability. In turn, these enable them to purse their dreams, attain a sense of self-worth and independence, as well as contribute to Singapore’s Smart Nation vision.