10/2018 Updates | SPD - Singapore

10/2018 Updates

Schools, Workplaces Need to Work on Inclusive Culture

Schools, Workplaces Need to Work on Inclusive Culture

26 October 2018

Our Executive Director, Mr Abhimanyau Pal, shared his views on two recent articles in The Straits Times , “Teacher jailed for throwing ball at autistic pupil, threatening to cage him during PE class” (8 October 2018) and “Do more to help those with disabilities in the workplace” (12 October 2018). Read his letter in The Straits Times forum here.

How Can I Help My Child Write Better?

How Can I Help My Child Write Better?

26 October 2018

Handwriting is a complex skill that involves vision, eye-hand coordination, muscle memory, posture, body control, as well as pencil grasp and letter formation. It is an important skill to have for communication and written expression. This is why having a solid handwriting foundation is so important. In this article, we take a look at how caregivers can help their children to write better.

Asia Pacific Breweries Scholarship Helps Four Youths Chase After Their Dreams

Asia Pacific Breweries Scholarship Helps Four Youths Chase After Their Dreams

26 October 2018

Four youths were awarded the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities last month. Justin Kueh, Caleb Tay and Brenda Khoo received the scholarship from Ms Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Finance and Education at the APB Foundation’s office at the Metropolis Tower One. Lionel Lee’s mother received the award on his behalf as he could not be present.

My AAC, My Voice

My AAC, My Voice

26 October 2018

October is the international month for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Sarah Yong, SPD’s head of clinical services at our Specialised Assistive Technology Centre (Specialised ATC) shares more on how AAC has enabled persons with communication difficulties to interact and communicate with others.

Building Teamwork through Interactive Theatre

Building Teamwork through Interactive Theatre

12 October 2018

Stranded on a deserted island, five people from all walks of life had to battle the elements and their differences to survive. Will they be able to overcome their differences and make it out alive, together? This is the premise of “Stuck on an Island”, an interactive theatre programme produced by TRANSlink'D, a six-member student team from Singapore Polytechnic, in collaboration with SPD’s Building Bridges EIPIC Centre.

Knowing Diabetes

Knowing Diabetes

12 October 2018

In last year’s National Day Rally, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlighted diabetes as one of the three long term issues for Singapore. One in nine residents here has diabetes. In this article, we try to explain the two major types of diabetes - Type 1 and Type 2, and suggest some simple lifestyle adjustments to reduce the risk of having diabetes.