Generally, there are 4 groups of people with different special needs. Their impairments are as follow:
1. Mobility impairment. They are wheelchair users or the ambulant disabled with restricted movements.
2. Visual impairment. This refers to blindness, partial sight and color blindness.
3. Hearing impairment. They are people with deafness and hearing loss.
4. Cognitive impairment. They are people who face cognitive, language or learning disabilities such as people with dementia or autism.
Designing and building an interior integrated with accessibility means such as assistive devices can facilitate user-friendliness of a space. This means a space has to be inclusive enough in enabling users in general as well as people with special needs use a space more confidently and independently. By including more accessible measures to our environment, it can improve the quality of life for persons with special needs and their care-givers tremendously.
Thus, we value the benefits universal design brings to our clients. It has also became an important factor in our design thinking process. We believe being inclusive should be a collective effort among all stakeholders and society as a whole.
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As a parent, we always do our best to cultivate a loving heart in our children. The ability to be able to think in someone’s shoe, deeply empathizing and connecting with others not only important in guaranteeing a harmony relationship in family and workplace, but also enables one to live his or her life with gratitude.
Thus, we were grateful to celebrate our weekend family day out by supporting the event “Walk the Extra Mile with Me” organized by The Children’s Charities Association of Singapore (CCA). Beneficiaries of this event were:
Singapore Children’s Society
The Singapore Association for The Deaf (SADeaf)
Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS)
Movement for The Intellectual Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)
St. Andrew Mission Hospital
Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN)
We were excited to attend this not-to-be-missed first Eldercare Exhibition & Conference Asia (ELDEX).
We were happy to visit our fellow business contact Will & Well. Founder Ms Elisa, a fashion designer, specializes in custom made fashion apparels to those with special needs. Every of her design piece is easy to wear. This has enabled elders, handicapped persons, care givers as well as people without special needs to put on clothing with less hassle.
The exhibition also showcased a variety of services and products which are catering for the eldercare sector, such as home-use cardiac and auto body temperature monitoring systems by New Japan Radio Co., Ltd and innovative vibration machines by BodyGreen.
We did have a great exposure to current market trends, inventions and information exchange with businesses there. We are looking forward to attend the next ELDEX.
A picture is worth a thousand words. This image well defines the meaning of exclusion, segregation, integration and inclusion.
The answer is No. Different countries use different sign languages. Some countries even have multiple sign languages. Sign language is not just the hand and body movements but also includes facial expressions.