Our final event, the Wonders of Japan Party (20 Sep), concluded the first phase of TomoWork as we brought in oishi Japanese sushi, snacks, and sake to celebrate the two-week journey we embarked on. We also had a round-up presentation by each of TomoWork’s three teams (Flamingo, Panda, Zebra) on their ideas for two main aspects: an inclusive co-working space and an online job-matching platform.
To facilitate work integration and independence for individuals with visual impairment as there are currently no such facilities readily available in Singapore, Team Flamingo designed a visually impaired-centric Sound Room. This room is envisioned to be built upon voice assistive technology and suggested to be especially helpful for sound-related roles (e.g. sound engineer, sound designer, fine tuning). Notable access features would include voice assist with colour-coded doors (as some are unable to differentiate between opaque or transparent doors), a big monitor screen (to better accommodate various working needs) a rounded table (to minimise injuries), and an LED Braille pathway (with vibration feedback for each step).
For their online platform, Team Flamingo designed one that focuses on both hard and soft skills, to show what the employer is looking for and what the potential employee has to offer. Hard skills include auditing, bookkeeping, and typography, while soft skills could be traits like meticulous, efficient, curious, and observant. The team would also like to see accessibility features such as wheelchair access, voice assist, and Braille direction. Like other job-matching platforms, there is also the option to formally apply for jobs (through an innovative swipe-up function) and filter openings based on salary, job type, commute, experience level, and accessibility.
As for Team Panda, they have designed an all-inclusive work environment. This includes accessibility (such as roller chairs, height-adjustable tables, sliding doors, spacious workspaces), accommodations (like ramps, assistive devices e.g. Braille printer, hot-desking), mainstream computer software and hardware, and lifestyle facilities (like gym, play room, calming room, prayer room).
Panda’s e-platform focuses on building an ability-based job-matching avenue, especially including the ability to receive constructive feedback from employers.
Last but not least, Team Zebra conceptualised a PID (Passionate Individuals with Dreams) co-working space with an inclusive culture and set-up. They have added a relax zone, counselling area, and quiet zone among conventional work areas of conference rooms and staff pantry.
Zebra has also devised a fast-paced job-matching platform to keep up with the demands of an increasingly fast-paced society. Job applicants will be able to quickly sift through company names, company profile and values, description of jobs, and compensation and benefits.
Ultimately, we hope that our curated programme over the past two weeks will encourage employers to be proactive towards disability employment. There is no better time to start than now. Together, let us build a universally accessible work environment that is safe, empowering, and retains disability talent!
Though our initial pilot has come to an end, do check back as we will continue to share content from this exciting two weeks! You can also connect with us on LinkedIn here.
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