Enabling Lives Festival - Connect, Collaborate, Celebrate
01 Jan 2021
In conjunction with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the 5th anniversary of Enabling Village, we organised the inaugural Enabling Lives Festival, held from 3 to 22 December 2020. Themed “Connect, Collaborate, Celebrate”, the festival sought to strengthen connections in the disability community, spark collaborations, and celebrate disability inclusion efforts and the achievements of persons with disabilities.
Participants were engaged in a series of meaningful events – such as witnessing the Goh Chok Tong Enable Awards and supporting the i’mable Gift Market – and over 23 virtual workshops, panel discussions and performances were brought to persons with disabilities, their caregivers, social service agencies, corporates and the public. There were more than 1,300 registered participants for the festival and a total of more than 50 partners who supported the festival.
Connecting With Persons With Disabilities And Their Caregivers
To promote a better understanding about the disability community, Just Ask Me! sessions saw participants engaging in live conversations with persons with disabilities. Besides learning about the different disability types, participants gained tips on interacting and communicating effectively with persons with disabilities, and better understood their challenges.
Caregivers were also able to find out more about planning for the future care and financial security of their loved ones through talks organised by the Special Needs Trust Company.
To enable greater independence and disability inclusion, several talks and workshops highlighted cutting-edge technologies and their accessibility features. Participants picked up tips and tricks on home automation and customisation of smart home technologies for their needs.
At Microsoft’s Webinar on Accessibility, the future of inclusive work and play was introduced and the excitement over X-box’s ground-breaking gaming controller which allows persons with disabilities to play online games was palpable. The Empauwer Initiative by X0PA A.I. also attracted lots of interest for its ability to create a more inclusive hiring process for talents with autism.
We hope these workshops inspired organisations to adopt assistive technology in the workplace and be more inclusive towards employees and consumers with disabilities. Our partnerships with tech companies will hopefully spark off ideas for more partners to collaborate with us to build an inclusive society!
Celebrating Abilities… and Christmas!
A variety of educational and exciting programmes was held across the festival to showcase the artistry and talents of persons with disabilities. One of the highlights was the Universe of Feelings by our partner, Superhero Me. The show was a 60-minute multi-sensory theatre adventure featuring an inclusive cast and crew. Other virtual performances such as Singing Stories for the Festive Season and Ho! Ho! Home, ignited the Christmas spirit with an online sing-along experience.