Enabled Futures Study Tour

Enabled Futures: A study tour of enabling technologies and services in Singapore for disability and ageing

 OS-Help loans (up to $7635) available for eligible students

A photo of Singapore's modern building

Are you someone who cares about the future of our society?
Do you want to make a contribution to changing people’s lives in a better way from today?
Are you thinking of a research or career pathway with social impact after your undergraduate studies?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, here is your opportunity to embark on a cross-cultural, life-changing journey of disability inclusion.

What are the challenges and what can we do about them?

In the near future, there will be high demand for communities to provide better service and products for a rapidly ageing population, as well as well as 1 in 5 people in our global communities who face physical and attitudinal barriers to a fulfilling life – people with disability. To address this challenge, it is paramount to engage and educate our up and coming leaders and social change makers – you.

We are seeking 20 motivated tertiary students to join us on a study tour that will make a positive impact for our ageing population and people with disability across Australia and Singapore.

Here are three short interviews with our students from the previous Enabled Futures program:

Why Singapore?

Singapore is advancing as a leading regional hub for development of enabling technologies and inclusive services. Like Australia, Singapore also serves as a significant location for design and technical education for the broader Southeast Asian region. Singapore is facing similar challenges to Australia with respect to their rapidly aging population and lack of inclusive and accessible services for people with disability to fully participate in their communities as a valued member.

What’s in the program for you?

You will experience a perspective-changing journey through the lens of someone with a disability. Starting from home, you will travel in the role of someone with a particular “disability” using equipment that mimics the barriers and challenges they face (such as a wheelchair, blindfold etc). This will enable you to gain first-hand experience and build the empathy needed to create practical solutions with long lasting impact. Some outcomes of the tour are:

  • Experiential and interactive learning experience throughout the whole tour starting from Australia
  • Immersive cultural experience in dynamic, modern Singapore
  • Count towards to your academic study (dependant on you university and course)
  • Expand your resume and portfolio work
  • Work closely with people with disability and gain first-hand experience from them
  • Engage with academic and community groups in Singapore on the design and development of assistive technologies for people with disabilities and the ageing
  • Meet and work with local Singaporean students
  • Participate in workshops led by leading educators of Singapore
  • Get an international edge on your career to expand your resume and portfolio work
  • Make the most out of your uni break

In travelling this way, it forces you to consider accessibility and inclusivity of an environment, both physical and social, and in that way, gives you a better sense of awareness towards barriers of these – Stephanie Nguyen, Engineering Student from the Australian National University.

Enabled Futures engineering student trying out accessible shopping devices at Singapore's Enabling Village.

Enabled Futures engineering student trying out accessible shopping devices at Singapore’s Enabling Village.

 

Enabled Futures students immersed in design workshops addressing complex challenges such as invisible disabilities.

Enabled Futures students immersed in design workshops addressing complex challenges such as invisible disabilities.

SIGN ME UP!

Dates
2nd July to 13th July 2016

Eligibility
Tertiary students including international students

Discipline
Open to any discipline for an enriching program

Uni Credits
Swinburne (DDD20001 Design Study Tour) and RMIT (design school students) and ANU Engineering (work experience) students can gain credit as part of their coursework. Other universities may have other options. Please get in contact with us to direct you to relevant course conveners.

Program Investment
$3000AUD, includes all local program expenses (workshops, tours etc). Excludes accommodation, travel costs such as flights, insurance, meals and personal expenses.

If you would like us to take care of everything we can include that into the costs.

Funding
OS-Help loans (up to $7635) available for eligible students

HOW TO APPLY

Please fill out our online application form which can be found from this link Application Form.

Closing date no later than COB 8th June 2016 Midnight

For any inquiries please get in contact with us:

Angela X. Li
Program Manager, Enable Development
angela@enabledevelopment.com

Huy Nguyen
CEO, Enable Development
huy@enabledevelopment.com
ACT Young Aus. of the Year 2014

 

21 selected Australian student being welcomed by the Australian High Commissioner Philip Green in Singapore to start their Enabled Futures Journey.
21 selected Australian student being welcomed by the Australian High Commissioner Philip Green in Singapore to start their Enabled Futures Journey.