Enabling Village in Redhill


For most of us, climbing a flight of stairs or having a conversation with a friend are things we don’t think twice about. For some, however, these seemingly easy tasks pose great challenges. This is why it’s so important that places like the Enabling Village exist. 

With disability-friendly accommodations throughout, the area is Singapore’s first fully inclusive community space. Open to all members of the public, Enabling Village is a window into the unseen struggles of our local disabled community, and a haven for people with disabilities. 

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All-inclusive design features


The Enabling Village is meant to be an all-inclusive space. If you have trouble understanding what this means, think about disability-friendly playgrounds for kids, then extend that idea to an entire mall complex. Here, it’s all about taking spaces that are traditionally designed with only able-bodied people in mind, and making them accessible to everyone.

Enabling Village - Garden
Image credit:
@enablingvillage

Every aspect of the space is thoughtfully designed to make sure visiting is an equally pleasant experience for everyone.

Enabling Village - Ramps
Image credit:
Enabling Village

We see this in the form of several accommodations throughout the space, such as having all public areas be wheelchair-accessible, including braille on maps and ATM touchpads throughout the complex, and equipping all event spaces with hearing aid induction loops – in other words, the technology that extends the range of hearing aids.

While you’re here, if you feel something lick you, don’t freak out – chances are it’ll be a service dog. While they may be cute, remember not to pet them unless you ask for permission first. They are on the job, after all.


Shops that support the local disability community 


At Enabling Village, businesses are staffed by a mix of employees with and without disabilities. After all, what’s the point of being disability-friendly if your tenants don’t support the same cause? 

Enabling Village - Food
Image adapted from:
@professorbrawn, @juicestoriessg

The F&B establishments are staffed by cooks and service staff with disabilities. You’ll find eateries such as Professor Brawn Bistro which serves up affordable Western fare and Cafe @ The Nest which offers healthy options. 

The NTUC supermarket is even fitted with several disability-friendly accommodations like barrier-free shelves and wheelchair-friendly carts to create an accessible shopping experience. 

Enabling Village - Art Faculty
The Art Faculty sells products made by people with disabilities.
Image adapted from: @kakoveryvernis

There’s also a disability-friendly gym. This is the first of its kind in Singapore, and the only one in the country. Special accommodations have been made to the gym equipment, such as braille dots on the treadmill user panels and a hearing induction loop system in the studio for those using hearing aids. This makes the gym suitable for the elderly too. 

Enabling Village - Gym
Image credit:
ActiveSG

In addition to providing employment and training opportunities for the differently-abled, a portion of proceeds go right back to organisations that support the local disabled community. This makes shopping here truly guilt-free, because you know your spending is going to a good cause. 


Just 500m from Redhill MRT station


Enabling Village
Image credit:
@singaporeclayfestival

Getting to the Enabling Village is easy, it’s just 7 minutes by foot from Redhill MRT station. 

Open to all members of the public, the complex not only acts as a rare accessible space for folks with disabilities where they may live unencumbered, but also offers the able-bodied a glimpse into their daily struggles. The importance of this awareness cannot be understated – it’s what creates understanding, and in turn, empathy.

Find out more about Enabling Village


Address:
20 Lengkok Bahru, Singapore 159053
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-10.30pm | Sat-Sun 7am-9pm
Contact: 1800 858 5885 | Enabling Village website

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Cover image adapted from: Enabling Village, @kakoveryvernis