Singapore government starts an inclusive community space for disabled people
The government of Singapore has started the Enabling Village in an area called Lengkok Bahru. It is an initiative done in partnership with the SG Enable, which is an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities and building an inclusive society.
The Enabling Village is an inclusive community space that brings under one roof a range of facilities and services for disabled people. There are some key services provided within the 30,000 square-metre village.
These services are a community facility that promotes integration of people with disabilities, a focal point for training and employment, and a showcase of accessibility and universal design, assistive technology for disabilities.
The Enabling Village is both a community and a space that aims to provide a space where people with disabilities can move independently, feel accepted for who they are, and be valued for their contributions.
The space combines retail, lifestyle and training in an all-accessible public space. It also offers a workspace to collaborate with other innovators, makers and marketers. They can test their ideas and products with both able-bodied and disabled users.