Marching Towards Inclusion
Singapore, 6 November 2015 — For the third year running, St. Andrew’s Autism Centre (SAAC) supported the Purple Parade by participating in both the Contingent and Carnival segments.
A group of about 30 members of the staff at SAAC, dressed in SAAC staff polo t-shirts and equipped with various purple props, marched while carrying banners and posters that proclaimed the message, “marching towards inclusion”. SAAC’s contingent was one of 35 contingents from 38 organisations at this year’s parade.
SAAC also participated with a booth selling clay works, Hama bead craft, and sand art made by clients of the Day Activity Centre (DAC) operated by St. Andrew’s Adult Autism Services (SAAAS), mix and match terrariums, and DAC retail merchandise featuring DAC clients’ artwork in the Carnival segment of the Purple Parade.
Held at Hong Lim Park from 2.00pm to 7.00pm on Saturday, 31 October, the Purple Parade 2015 drew a crowd of more than 7,000 participants and visitors.
The Purple Parade is an annual event that supports the inclusion and celebrates the abilities of persons with special needs. It is making a movement towards a more inclusive society by opening eyes to people with special needs in the community.