Universal Design

August 21, 2014

Just the other day I headed out to film something and it wasn't a funny video or vlog, but more of a lil experiment - I was really excited to be part of it and thankful for the people I had the chance to work with!

So I tweeted this picture and asked if anyone would help me if they saw me like this.. What I really wanted to say was, if people saw me in this state, trying to go up and down the stairs, would anyone help?

I've never had a cast nor have I used crutches despite getting small injuries fairly often. So, filming this video was my first time trying to get around on crutches with an injured knee. It was really tough because there were neither lifts nor ramps in sight, just staircases. 

Thank goodness I was only pretending to be handicapped for a day!  I shudder at the thought of being handicapped for more than a day or even for life...  

Most places in Singapore have universal design features like ramps and braille on elevator call buttons but more could be done.  It must be very challenging for those with limited mobility to feel constraints everywhere they go and it's sad that they are unable to enjoy the freedom and convenience that we take so much for granted.  Let’s all play a part and make Singapore a more inclusive society so that everyone can get around easily, anytime, anywhere! 

The Building and Construction Authoritywould like to drive home the importance of Universal Design and has come up with short film competition to drive awareness for UD. If you are between 16 and 25 years old and are studying in an educational institution in Singapore, please participate in the competition as it is for a good cause! 

All you have to do is to create a short film about Universal Design, and you stand a chance to win $5,000!!!! You can visit http://ahomeforeveryone.sg/ for more information. You can submit your videos anytime from now till 30 September 2014! 
Show support for the cause by liking them on Facebook! 
And if you're interested to learn more about Universal Design, you can also check out BCA's Friendly Portal!  

All of us have different needs, so let’s spare a thought and do our part in making our living environment a safer and better place for everyone. 
Good luck!