Deaf Empowerment Programme: REstar ► Equal Dreams

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Schedule: October 2023 Intake

Total contact time: 15 hours (1 session per week, total 6 sessions)

Every Saturday, 2.30pm to 5pm

Session 121 October
Session 228 October
Session 34 November
Session 411 November
Session 518 November
Session 625 November


ITE College Central, 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive, Singapore 567720, Blk D Level 2

Programme Description

Equal Dreams’ very first Deaf Empowerment Programme aims to foster self-awareness and empower all Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals to embrace their identity, strengths, and find place within the Deaf community while fostering their self-growth and the ability to advocate for themselves effectively.
This transformative program employs a series of reflective and introspective exercises to guide participants in exploring their self-identity and personal strengths. It encourages them to consider how these qualities can be harnessed not only for personal growth but also for self-advocacy, enabling them to assert their needs and rights effectively.
Furthermore, the program provides a valuable platform for participants to connect with their peers within the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing community. These connections offer a source of invaluable peer support and the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with fellow Deaf/HOH youth. Through these interactions, participants will gain a deeper appreciation of their own experiences and a heightened sense of belonging within the Deaf community, equipping them with the confidence and skills needed for self-advocacy.

Check out this video by programme developers and trainers, Tina Li and Patricia Merilo to find out more!

Descriptive transcript of the video here

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a deeper understanding of themselves, fostering self-awareness and self-identity as a result of the reflective and introspective exercises.
  • Through the program’s guidance, youths will not only discover their passion and strengths but also be empowered to embrace and utilize these attributes effectively.
  • Youths will be able to visualize their personal journey more clearly, helping them map out their aspirations with a renewed sense of purpose and direction.
  • Equipped with a greater understanding of their strengths and self-identity, youths will be empowered to apply these qualities to their journey and goals.

Target Audience

  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing youths in Tertiary Education (ITE, Polytechnic or University)
  • For youths aged 15 to 35 


Singapore Sign Language and Speech-to-text Interpretation will be provided. Let us know if you have any other access requirements.

Programme Fee

Early bird registration (on and before 13 October 2023): SGD$30 per pax

Standard registration (after 13 October 2023): SGD$50 per pax

Note: Your place will only be confirmed upon full payment, on a first come first served basis. There’s no refund of programme fees once paid, unless the programme is cancelled.


October 2023 intake is now closed.

Trainers’ Profile

Tina Li, Social Worker and Counsellor

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Tina has been working in the Social Service Sector for 10 years. She is an optimistic person and will never fail to smile. She enjoys watching movies and dramas and observing people on the streets (analysing people’s actions). When Tina was young, she was always wondering about her own life and identity. As she struggled through the years, she discovered her strength in being a facilitator through work experiences. Using her acquired skills, she hopes to be able to share her life story to inspire others like her, so that they are empowered to live a happy fulfilling life.

Patricia Merilo, Creative Digital Strategist

Born with a profound and bilateral hearing loss, Patricia has been fascinated with digital media since its infancy. While pursuing her diploma in Electrical Engineering and later a degree in Computer Science, she nurtured her passion for digital content creation, delving into videography and photography as a hobby.

Despite her technical background, Patricia yearned to turn her passion into a career. She embarked on her professional journey in the digital realm, honing her skills and expertise in managing social media, and website development. Patricia actively seeks opportunities to apply her knowledge and creativity in the field, contributing to initiatives and programmes.

In her personal time, Patricia continues to improve and grow as a creator, while being a passionate performer of the local all-Deaf dance crew, Redeafination. With a unique blend of technical expertise and creative flair, Patricia continues to push boundaries in the digital realm while championing accessibility and inclusivity.

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