09/2016 Updates | SPD - Singapore

09/2016 Updates

SPD Receives Awards for Good Governance and Outstanding Quality Improvements

SPD Receives Awards for Good Governance and Outstanding Quality Improvements

30 September 2016

Every now and then, something encouraging happens that affirms that the steps we take and measures we adopt are indeed right. Following the accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in June, we are very proud to announce another three awards that SPD received on 28 September. We were awarded the Charity Governance Award 2016 for Large Charities/IPCs category, and also recognised as one of the inaugural Charity Transparency Award recipients. We are also privileged to receive the Team Award for Service Quality Improvement (Merit) under the Intermediate and Long Term Care (ILTC) Awards.

APB Foundation Scholars with Disabilities Excel Beyond Academics, Aspire to Impact Society

APB Foundation Scholars with Disabilities Excel Beyond Academics, Aspire to Impact Society

30 September 2016

Three university undergraduates, Sarah Lim, Joshua Ong and Teo Zi Lin, received this year’s Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities from Guest-of-Honour Mr Ang Wei Neng, Member of Parliament for Jurong GRC, in a ceremony held at the Enabling Village on 22 September. Let’s get to know more about our scholars.

Children with Mild Developmental Needs Require Continual Support

Children with Mild Developmental Needs Require Continual Support

30 September 2016

It was reported that about 4,000 children were diagnosed with mild development needs last year by the Child Development Programme (CDP) at the KK Women's and Children's Hospital and the National University Hospital, a 60 per cent increase from the about 2,500 new cases diagnosed in 2010. The increasing number of children diagnosed with developmental needs makes it necessary to expand help to this group of children. SPD executive director Mr Abhimanyau Pal shares the need for continual support for children with mild developmental needs in this letter published in Today Voices on 6 September 2016.

Happy Hatters Unite for Inclusion at the SPD Ability Fun Walk

Happy Hatters Unite for Inclusion at the SPD Ability Fun Walk

16 September 2016

A sea of yellow and green was spotted at the Punggol Waterway Park in the early hours of 10 September as more than 1,000 participants of the inaugural SPD Ability Fun Walk turned up in their top hats as a show of support for people with special needs.

Conversation with Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist Chandra

Conversation with Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist Chandra

16 September 2016

World Physiotherapy Day falls on 8 September every year. It is a day when physiotherapists the world over are celebrated for their commitment towards helping people make positive changes to their health and lifestyles. Sivanandam Chandrasekaran, or Chandra as he is affectionately known within SPD, is a senior physiotherapist helping children under SPD’s Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC). We catch up with him to find out more about what his typical day is like.

Living with Parkinson’s – Means to an Active Lifestyle

Living with Parkinson’s – Means to an Active Lifestyle

16 September 2016

Parkinson’s disease is a long term disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects the motor system. The symptoms are progressive and generally come on slowly over time. People with Parkinson’s disease require different levels of assistance and some wish to remain as independent as possible. SPD physiotherapist Ethirajulu Mahalakshmi shares some exercises for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Tips on Making Walking an Interesting Activity

Tips on Making Walking an Interesting Activity

02 September 2016

Being active is an important part of everyone’s life. Walking is a low-impact aerobic exercise and one of the easiest and most effective exercises anyone can do. It improves physical health and well-being and is simple to do. Our physiotherapist Winson Teng shares some tips on how to make walking enjoyable.

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Bryan Chong

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Bryan Chong

02 September 2016

Not many people would have guessed that 23-year-old Bryan Chong, a strapping young man in his final year at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), was a victim of bullying in primary and secondary schools as he was the only student with profound hearing loss in class. Today an Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation scholar, Bryan shares the challenges he faced growing up with a hearing impairment and how overcoming them shaped his outlook in life.

SPD Holds 52nd Annual General Meeting

SPD Holds 52nd Annual General Meeting

02 September 2016

SPD’s 52nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 27 August 2016 at the SPD Ability Centre.

Letter on Considering the Needs of Disability Groups When Improving Services

Letter on Considering the Needs of Disability Groups When Improving Services

02 September 2016

SPD executive director Mr Abhimanyau Pal calls for products and the environment to be made usable to everyone in this letter published online in TODAY Voices on 25 August 2016.