Beyond Borders – A Lunchtime Sharing by APB Foundation Scholar Winston Wong | SPD - Singapore
Beyond Borders – A Lunchtime Sharing by APB Foundation Scholar Winston Wong
The National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Beyond Borders initiative is a series of motivational talks by ordinary people with indomitable spirits, aimed at enriching and inspiring their students to transcend limitations and create possibilities.
On 2 April, one of our Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities recipients Winston Wong, who is hearing impaired, shared his story through a special edition of the Beyond Borders initiative to 50 participants comprising mainly of NUS students and staff. Along with visually impaired research scientist Dr Yeo Sze Ling, he shared the challenges he faced in his academic pursuits, how he overcame them and what drove him to persevere despite the obstacles.
At the end of the 45-minute lunchtime talk, participants took time to pose questions to the pair, in particular what could be done to help people with disabilities. To this, Winston opened up and shared his concerns about securing employment when he graduates. Thinking that a disability could put a person at a disadvantage as competition is keen in the job market, he proposed solutions such as offering incentives to companies that employ job-seekers with disabilities and stepping up on public education.
“I think public education on disabilities is important and we should start with educating people from young. Children are more impressionable and if they are given the proper knowledge and etiquette at an early age, they will grow up to have that value which will in turn make Singapore more inclusive in the future,” said Winston.