Opportunities that many take for granted are not always a given when you are disabled. Being the first Singaporean woman to benefit from a Guide Dog, my journey as an advocate started with raising awareness, so others who follow can have a dignified tomorrow.
Our Asian attitude towards disabilities perpetuate the many antiquated ways of “inclusion”. Discrimination and inequity are a daily challenge no matter the disability. My vision is to nudge society towards true inclusivity where every person who is disabled has the equal opportunity to lead a meaningful, dignified life!
Check Out A Place For Us, a creative non-fiction about my journey as an #advocate for social inclusion.
In any developed society, inclusivity of persons with disabilities should not be a novelty or token. Studies have shown that diversity and non-biasness have proven themselves to be a key driver of internal innovation and business growth.
Appropriate policies in all sectors can ease introduction, paving the way for true inclusivity, where everyone wins.
It has been an honor to be involved in the successful creation, modification and implementation of policies in both local and overseas corporations, bringing real inclusivity closer to fruition.
Thank you to The Myanmar Times for this coverage:
MustShareNews – Elke the guide dog (10 August 19)
Cassandra Chiu with Esme the Guide Dog on BBC News Day (21 March 19)
What if the youth of ASEAN run the region?
#CASSANDRACHIU #SocialAdvocate #ElkeTheGlobalGuideDog
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