Arts, Disability and Social Inclusivity
Very Special Arts
Very Special Arts Singapore is a local charity organisation dedicated to increasing access for people with disabilities to the arts. They are one of the key drivers in the Arts and Disability movement in Singapore and have been running successful art programmes, workshops, competitions and arts exhibitions for the special needs community, creating awareness and integrating individuals with disabilities into mainstream society through the arts. Their programmes include: Arts in Learning, Rehabilitation and Training (ALERT), Arts for Livelihood and Employment (ALIVE), Arts for Performance and Expression (APEX), Voices of Individual’s Creative ExpressionS (VOICES). Through these programmes, they aim to promote the educational, social, rehabilitative and therapeutic benefits of visual, performing and literary arts. By teaching a new skill, they also hope to help individuals with disability gain financial independence through the arts and arts-creation.
Superhero Me is a non-profit ground-up inclusive arts movement that serves as a platform to empower children of all abilities through the arts, social mixing and purposeful programming. The initiative has achieved various outcomes such as increasing access to creative arts for children who formerly may not have such opportunities and realising and harnessing the creative potential of children with disabilities, special needs and from less-privileged backgrounds through a range of art forms. More importantly, inclusive programming has helped to break down barriers and encourage positive attitudes in typically-developing children from mainstream schools during socialisation with children with diverse needs. Beyond community efforts, Superhero Me also engaged in partnerships with artists to provide them with arts training workshops to build on their professional capabilities and advocate for the adoption of a more inclusive approach in their work.
Extraordinary Horizons (EO Horizons)
EO Horizons is a deaf run enterprise established in 2011 that aims to support and empower the Deaf to integrate into mainstream society and also to promote deaf awareness. The enterprise offers sign language courses, workshops, interpretation/translation services and performances. It also developed Deaf Singapore Theatre, providing a space for literary and performing artists in the Deaf community to present, create and develop their works in front of a live audience.