03/2018 Updates | SPD - Singapore

03/2018 Updates

Revamped Resource Library Aids Teachers in Their Lesson Preparation

Revamped Resource Library Aids Teachers in Their Lesson Preparation

29 March 2018

It took Ms Ang Pei Lin two months, with the help of volunteers, teachers and staff, to organise and put in order the resource library at the Building Bridges EIPIC Centre at SPD’s headquarters. Her fruits of labour are curently enjoyed by the early intervention teachers who now have an easier and more convenient access to the learning materials that they use in classrooms. We take a look at what are some new additions made to the resource library.

Help from Zhenghua Primary School Teachers

Help from Zhenghua Primary School Teachers

29 March 2018

SPD welcomed a group of more than 30 teachers from Zhenghua Primary School on 9 March who spent a few hours helping out with packing work at our sheltered workshop and developing teaching materials at the Building Bridges EIPIC Centre at the SPD Ability Centre.

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Mr Tamil and Mr Lim

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Mr Tamil and Mr Lim

29 March 2018

Mr Tamil Selvan and Mr Lim Boon Tiong were clients of our Transition to Employment (TTE) programme. With their perseverance, and assistance from SPD staff, as well as Marina Bay Sands (MBS), an employer who provides job opportunities to persons with disabilities, both Mr Tamil and Mr Lim are now working at MBS. At their last therapy session at SPD in January this year, Mr Tamil and Mr Lim shared their journey at TTE with senior analyst Poh Sho Siam.

In Conversation with a DAC Training Officer – Thamaraivalli Narayanan

In Conversation with a DAC Training Officer – Thamaraivalli Narayanan

16 March 2018

After a hectic day tending to the needs of the Day Activity Centre (DAC) clients, Thamaraivalli Narayanan (Valli), a senior training officer, sat down for a chat. They are our unsung heroes, working in the background to ensure their charges receive the best care every day. One of the seven DAC training officers, Valli shared with UPDATES an overview of the roles of training officers at the DAC, and how she became one.

A Closer Look: SPD’s Day Activity Centre

A Closer Look: SPD’s Day Activity Centre

16 March 2018

Located on the ground floor of SPD’s headquarters, the Day Activity Centre (DAC) and its clients are likely the first to greet visitors to SPD. Set up in 1994, it has provided day care to many persons with multiple disabilities, and in doing so, offered family members and caregivers the peace of mind to go out to work or to receive respite from their caregiving duties. UPDATES bring you a new series “A Closer Look”, and this week, we enter DAC to find out what goes about on a typical day.

Coty Volunteers Support SPD Clients in Their Job Search

Coty Volunteers Support SPD Clients in Their Job Search

16 March 2018

A team of eight volunteers from leading global beauty company Coty consisting of make-up artists, photographers and human resource professionals was at the SPD Ability Centre on 7 March to review the résumés and conduct photoshoots for 10 clients from the SPD Employment Support Programme (ESP). Leveraging on their expertise, they helped the clients improve on their résumés and present their best with a makeover and photoshoot to increase their chances in job searches.

SPD Youth Aspiration Award Recipient – Joshua Tseng

SPD Youth Aspiration Award Recipient – Joshua Tseng

02 March 2018

We wrap up our SPD Youth Aspiration Award Recipients’ series today with the story of Joshua Tseng, a determined 20-year-old with a dream. He was also the recipient of the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation for Persons with Disabilities scholarship in 2017.

Coping with the Challenges of Raising Children with Special Needs

Coping with the Challenges of Raising Children with Special Needs

02 March 2018

Parenting is a challenging task under any circumstances. However, when a child is born or diagnosed with special needs, parents or the child’s primary caregivers can face unexpected challenges. SPD's senior social worker, Junaidah Baharawi, highlights some of these challenges and suggests ways to overcome them.

Leveraging Technology to Improve Productivity and Quality of Service

Leveraging Technology to Improve Productivity and Quality of Service

02 March 2018

As part of our five-year strategic roadmap, SPD has embarked on initiatives to boost our IT infrastructure and systems to improve our quality of care to clients and enhance organisational productivity. IT manager Ee Boon Siong and Director of Organisational Development, Quek Hong Choon explains more in this article.