Speaker: Ron Chandran Dudley
Ron started to work at the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped at the age of 30 first as its secretary general, before moving on to head the rehabilitation of its social services unit. He was later appointed the association’s president.
Ron contributed in many ways to empowering the visually handicapped to live fruitful independent lives. One of the initiatives he moved was the Open Education System pioneered by the Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School in 1967. The system enabled visually handicapped students to study in a mainstream school.
In 1981, Ron together with a team of like-minded people from different countries pioneered the Disabled People’s International. This is a global cause disability human rights organisation that collaborates with international agencies such as the UNESCO. The organisation is now comprised of 115 member countries. Ron was the organisation’s first world chairman as well as the first president of its Singapore chapter.
Now at his 70s, Ron remains passionate about serving the disabled. He is the vice-chairman of the management committee of Light House School, which provides primary education to children with disabilities and special needs.
A serious rugby accident led Ron to go blind at the age of 15. With the support from his family and friends, Ron overcame his adversity and moved on to bigger things. He later received a Fulbright scholarship to study at a state university in New York and graduated with a double master’s degree in Sociology and Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychotherapy. Ron’s dedication to helping the disabled locally and internationally has won him many accolades over the years.
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Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011
Venue: AWARE Centre (Block 5 Dover Crescent #01-22)
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