IPS Forum on Disability Network: Designing a Platform For, and With Disability Organisations

We aim to design a network for and with the disability community so that voluntary organisations and community groups interested in disability issues are able to understand the needs of their sector, define their own agenda and take collective action. We want to co-design a network with community partners so that there is an inclusive platform to exchange views, prioritise needs and aspire to arriving at a representative view on key issues affecting them. This will allow the disability community to grow knowledge through consistent deliberation of complex issues that can be consolidated for policy advocacy. Issue briefs, position papers and landscape reports can be produced for the purpose of informing the planning activities and policy initiatives of the Ministry of Family and Social Development

Having such a network in place will make it easier to work on long-term goals such as co-creating policies that tackle discriminatory practices in the workplace, promoting educational outcomes and greater social inclusion rather than meeting on a one-off basis each time we want to share information and collaborate.

If you run a voluntary welfare organisation (VWOs), non-governmental organization (NGO), social enterprise or community group interested in disability issues, you are welcome to this meeting so that you can contribute to articulating the objectives, guiding principles, membership criteria and operational rules of this network. This discussion will define the series of Disability Network meetings that will be run in 2018.

We will discuss:

1. Network Start-up and Design

  • Discuss the shared purpose, collective objectives and value proposition for participating in the network.
  • Develop the network’s terms of reference, membership criteria and structure in consultation with partners.
  • Create a basic infrastructure for healthy network functioning that will involve the use of a wiki platform to efficiently consolidate views.
  • Solicit for agenda items for 2018 network meetings: E.g. employment, education, caregiving, community inclusion etc.

2. Network Prototyping and Implementation

We will do a dry run of a typical meeting in order to seek participant inputs and test-bed how the network should be run:

  • An issue brief that will be sent to members before the meeting – This will take stock of what we know about an issue, e.g. Employment landscape for people with disability. The Disabled People’s Association (DPA) Report on Employment Discrimination will also be disseminated as an exemplar of expanding knowledge in an area of interest.
  • In lieu of minutes, key points of conversations and deliberations will be captured through a wiki platform. A position paper or policy brief that is the result of the collective inputs of the members can be produced.

An annual needs and gaps report of the disability sector will be produced and sent to MSF, including knowledge gaps the sector hopes to be addressed subsequently.



For enquiries, please contact Ms Nur Zahidah at tel: 6601-1420, or email:  

Monday, 16 October 2017
1.45 pm – 5.45 pm (Registration begins at 1.30 pm)

Conference Room, Level 1, Oei Tiong Ham Building, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (Bukit Timah Campus), 469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772