On October 28 2017, DPA, along with its members and supporters from Cognizant, joined in on the festivities at The Purple Parade which took place at Suntec City. The days leading up to the parade were spent decorating t-shirts in a vibrant splash of colours and creative expression. The t-shirts also had DPA’s motto Vox Nostra – A Voice Of Our Own emblazoned on the front, the style of the motto as depicted in a Disabled Peoples’ International newsletter from 1986!
Decked in colourful hand painted purple t-shirts, the DPA contingent braved the crowds and the heat as they marched down the road. The hand painted purple t-shirts embodied the theme of this year’s DPA contingent – ‘Strength in Diversity’. A theme that reminds us to recognise the inherent uniqueness of each person with disability, who are all proud members of and contributors to the same community. Along with that, members also carried witty slogans such as ‘SGSL comes in handy’, ‘Not all disabilities are visible’ and ‘Rolling over stereotypes!’ – each with its own accompanying symbols.
Winners were also chosen for their creative and inclusive t-shirt designs. Here are the winning designs:
The Purple Parade is an annual event that celebrates the abilities of persons with disabilities and brings together thousands of advocates, organisations, friends and members of the public. DPA has been a proud participant since the inaugural Purple Parade five years ago.