Bullied by peers, student with cerebral palsy gained confidence through horse riding, school leadership roles
“Having a disability is not an excuse to not do anything” is a motto that Alina Seow, a participant of Tomowork’s Talent Accelerator Programme (TAP), lives by to persevere & achieve her life goals despite being bullied because of her disabilities.
Having experienced similar hardships, fellow participant Rayner Teo found his confidence with the support from Temasek Polytechnic’s Special Education Needs (SEN) office & his classmates with & without disabilities. Through the programme’s digital focus, he is working towards his aspirations of being an investment banker & future hedge fund manager.
Richard Wang (王宏泽) planned to enhance his value proposition to employers through the digital marketing & data visualisation courses that are fully sponsored. For the first month of the programme, he acquired new skills such as crafting an effective resume & perfecting how to pitch one’s self to prospective employers. Alina Seow (萧玉婷) echoed similar motivations, seeking to build on her communications & teamwork skills under the guidance of project facilitators & TomoWork’s valued corporate partners.
This article also highlighted the accessibility arrangements provided by TomoWork such as a hybrid programme schedule to accommodate participants with mobility needs & a transparent face shield to aid lipreading by participants who are hard of hearing.
Temasek Polytechnic and Sumitomo Life launch digital upskilling programme for persons with disabilities
One of our TomoWork Talent Accelerator Programme (TAP) participants Mr Mansor Ali did not let his vision loss interrupt his life. He continued looking for job opportunities & when the chance arose, decided to pursue a new career path through TomoWork’s Talent Accelerator Programme.
Another TAP participant Mr. Richard Wang also shared that his experience discussing the real business challenge with the corporate partner was an eye-opening & exhilarating experience in the journey thus far.
TomoWork is an initiative built on empowering Persons with Disabilities in the workplace by encouraging companies to embrace diversity & promote inclusive employment. Led by Sumitomo Life Insurance, a leading Japanese insurer, in collaboration with Hide & Seek, a local social enterprise & member of raiSE.