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2014 Updates

Integrating Stroke Survivors into the Society

Integrating Stroke Survivors into the Society

26 December 2014

Sheena Astilla is an occupational therapist at SPD’s Transition Programme for Employment. She works with those diagnosed with stroke or spinal cord injury to get them back into employment. Sheena shares how stroke survivors can be successfully integrated back into mainstream society.

Assistive Technology Improving Quality of Life

Assistive Technology Improving Quality of Life

26 December 2014

There has been a revival of interest in assistive technology in recent months as Singapore gears towards becoming a ‘Smart Nation’. Mr Abhimanyau Pal, executive director of SPD, shares in this letter the importance of harnessing technology to help people with special needs. The letter was published in The Straits Times’ Forum on 15 December.

Christmas Celebrations with SPD

Christmas Celebrations with SPD

26 December 2014

It was all cheery at SPD as volunteers and partners celebrated the festive season with us!

Graduation Parties at SPD

Graduation Parties at SPD

12 December 2014

We celebrated the graduation of 26 children from our Building Bridges EIPIC Centres as well as held a DAC Musical Extravaganza 2014 to mark the end of a wonderful year!

The Freedom Adventure Club Has a New Look!

The Freedom Adventure Club Has a New Look!

12 December 2014

SPD’s Freedom Adventure Club (FAC) is managed by a group of dedicated volunteers who comes together to organise outdoor and physical-based activities for people with disabilities whom SPD serves. To celebrate its 10th year, the volunteers have put on their creative hats to come up with a logo for FAC.

SPD Volunteers, Thank You!

SPD Volunteers, Thank You!

12 December 2014

SPD celebrated the dedication and selflessness of volunteers at the annual SPD Volunteer Appreciation session held at the Cathay Cineleisure Orchard on 6 December. Close to 130 volunteers who attended the exclusive event were treated to a hearty breakfast before they were ushered into the movie hall for the sneak preview of Walt Disney Picture’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”.

A Healthier and Tight-Knit SPD

A Healthier and Tight-Knit SPD

12 December 2014

Poet Gwendolyn Brooks once said "Good health is a duty to yourself, to your contemporaries, to your inheritors, to the progress of the world". So for the general wellness of the SPD staff, we organised the SPD Well-Being Day on 27 November to not only promote healthy and positive living, but also allow staff from different centres to spend time together.

 

Types of Controllers for Powered Wheelchairs

Types of Controllers for Powered Wheelchairs

28 November 2014

There are many ways to control a powered wheelchair. The most commonly seen interface is the conventional joystick. However users who are unable to use the conventional joystick due to certain physical limitations can explore different types of controllers. Here, our occupational therapist Alan Ong shows us some of these alternatives.

 

PM Lee Celebrates with SPD on its 50th Birthday

PM Lee Celebrates with SPD on its 50th Birthday

28 November 2014

SPD celebrated its 50th birthday with 400 staff, beneficiaries, donors, volunteers as well as representatives from Government agencies and other voluntary welfare organisations at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore last evening. The gala dinner was also graced by Prime Minister Lee who was the Guest-of-Honour.

Purple Reigns at the Parade

Purple Reigns at the Parade

28 November 2014

It was a sea of purple at Hong Lim Park on 15 November as more than 5,000 people gathered to show solidarity for inclusion of persons of disabilities in mainstream society. For the second year running, the Purple Parade was organised to raise awareness of the special needs community.

Have a Sweet Day on Us

Have a Sweet Day on Us

28 November 2014

A lolli never fails to bring a smile to anyone, young or old, what more if it could also be used to brighten up someone’s life.

Out And About – Mobility Wheelchairs And Vehicles

Out And About – Mobility Wheelchairs And Vehicles

14 November 2014

Having the ability to move from one place to another plays an important role in helping persons with disabilities get out of the house and become a part of the society. A mobility device, such as a wheelchair or a wheelchair accessible vehicle, acts as a catalyst to greater independence and social integration, enabling people with disabilities to be mobile, lead a healthy lifestyle and participate in community life.

Long-term Care Planning For Caregivers

Long-term Care Planning For Caregivers

14 November 2014

Even as they worry about overcoming the daily challenges which they face from taking care of their loved ones with disabilities, one of the most common and main concerns that ageing caregivers have would be their care arrangements once they be unable to take on the caregiving role anymore.

Finding a Voice and Breaking the Silence: International AAC Awareness Month

Finding a Voice and Breaking the Silence: International AAC Awareness Month

31 October 2014

In conjunction with the International AAC Awareness Month in October, the Specialised Assistive Technology Centre featured these stories of several individuals with communication challenges who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication, or AAC in place of their own voice to communicate. AAC refers to communication methods which augment or replace verbal speech and/or writing. It empowers individuals with complex communication needs with the means to break that silence and to find their voice to express their needs, views, dreams and aspirations.

Student with Disability Wins National Youth Achievement Gold Award

Student with Disability Wins National Youth Achievement Gold Award

31 October 2014

William Tay was only four when he lost his hearing after a bout of high fever. Although the episode changed his life forever, he did not wallow in self-pity nor did he allow his limitations to deter him from exceling in whatever he did. William was presented with the National Youth Achievement Gold Award 2014 at an award ceremony on 30 October by President Tony Tan. In this interview, we catch up with William, who is also a Microsoft YouthSpark 2014 Scholar, to find out what inspires him and his aspirations for the future.

Do More to Retain Foreign Allied Health Professionals in Social Service

Do More to Retain Foreign Allied Health Professionals in Social Service

31 October 2014

Retention of physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists is an ongoing challenge. SPD’s executive director Mr Abhimanyau Pal suggests a way around the issue in this letter which was published in Today Online on 22 October. He was responding to the article “MOH outlines strategies to recruit, retain allied health professionals” on Channel NewsAsia which reported the Health Minister’s acknowledgement of the important role allied health professionals play and existing strategies to retain them.

A Day to Express Appreciation to Our Caregivers

A Day to Express Appreciation to Our Caregivers

31 October 2014

The incidence and management of stress for those who care for people with special needs has received much media attention of late. However, management of caregivers’ stress requires a multi-pronged approach. There is no single approach that can effectively tackle the complexity of this issue that is likely to be ongoing throughout the journey of a caregiver. SPD does its part to support and recognise the often unsung efforts of these caregivers by organising the annual SPD caregivers’ appreciation day held on 11 Oct this year. SPD’s senior social worker Angela Chung shares her experience for that day.

Students with Disabilities Get a Boost from Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation

Students with Disabilities Get a Boost from Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation

23 October 2014

The APB Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities was launched in 2004 to recognise students with disabilities who have excelled not only in their studies, but who are also all-rounders who demonstrate strong leadership abilities in their community. The scholarship does not carry any bond and the awardees receive an annual allowance of $12,000 to cover course fees for the duration of their studies at any of the six recognised local universities.

Creating an Inclusive Workforce: A Partnership of Many Stakeholders

Creating an Inclusive Workforce: A Partnership of Many Stakeholders

17 October 2014

Jobs are typically designed for able-bodied individuals and the tasks assigned would largely tap on the employees’ cognitive ability, sight, hearing and speech. To provide equal job opportunities to people with physical or sensory impairments, employers should be willing to re-design jobs so that tasks that cannot be performed by people with disabilities are assigned to others who can carry them out, leaving people with disabilities to handle those they are able to. By doing so, employers are leveraging on the strengths of the employee while addressing their limitations.

Out of the Classroom and into the Workforce

Out of the Classroom and into the Workforce

17 October 2014

Twenty people with disabilities were presented with certificates for completing the IAC Certificate in Office Skills (ICOS), a vocational training programme offered by SPD. The graduates of the programme, made possible with the support of info-communications provider StarHub and SG Enable, were lauded at a ceremony held at the SPD Ability Centre on 14 October.

Mobile Apps as Tools for Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Mobile Apps as Tools for Augmentative and Alternative Communication

17 October 2014

Recently, there has been much attention on how apps loaded into mobile devices can be used for communication. In conjunction with the International Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness month celebrated around the world every October, Ms Sarah Yong, head of clinical services at SPD’s Specialised Assistive Technology Centre, explores the pros and cons of using apps for AAC and highlights how it has made available many opportunities for communication for those who have difficulty to doing so.

Nippon Paint Singapore Gives SPD@Toa Payoh a Makeover

Nippon Paint Singapore Gives SPD@Toa Payoh a Makeover

17 October 2014

SPD@Toa Payoh is a day rehabilitation centre providing rehabilitation services, nursing care, day care, weekend respite care and transport services to more than 240 adults and seniors with disabilities. The centre has not had a fresh coat of paint for a while and the makeover by around 80 staff volunteers from Nippon Paint (S) was definitely a welcome initiative. 

Understanding Persons with Disabilities

Understanding Persons with Disabilities

03 October 2014

The wheelchair is a common mobility aid for those with mobility challenges. Wheelchairs enable people with disabilities to get around and allow them to participate in community activities. Some of us may feel awkward interacting with wheelchair users for the first time.

Employers and Social Sector Partners Gather at Towards An Inclusive Workforce 2014

Employers and Social Sector Partners Gather at Towards An Inclusive Workforce 2014

03 October 2014

Assistive technology was the central theme at this year’s Towards An Inclusive Workforce which was held at SPD Ability Centre on 27 September. Over 100 participants attended the event and heard from people with disabilities who had gone on to be successful in their respective careers as a result of sheer determination and with the help of technology.

President Tony Tan Visits SPD

President Tony Tan Visits SPD

03 October 2014

It was a privilege for us to host President Tony Tan Keng Yam on 26 September as he visited the SPD Ability Centre as part of the President’s Challenge Volunteer Drive 2014.

More Caregiver-centric Help for Parents of Children with Special Needs

More Caregiver-centric Help for Parents of Children with Special Needs

03 October 2014

The recent sentencing of a mother, who had psychiatric issues, to jail for causing the tragic demise of her 9-year old son with special needs last year had raised questions about the care system for children with special needs and more importantly, the support for caregivers. SPD executive director Mr Abhimanyau Pal shares his thoughts on the importance of supporting caregivers in this letter to The Straits Times Forum which was published on 29 September.

Meet the Four 2014 Microsoft YouthSpark Scholars

Meet the Four 2014 Microsoft YouthSpark Scholars

03 October 2014

Meet the four inspiring young Singaporeans with disabilities who displayed courage and passion for higher learning to be awarded the Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship on 26 September.

Corporate Partners Contribute in Different Ways

Corporate Partners Contribute in Different Ways

03 October 2014

Hai Leck Engineering Pte Ltd organised a golf tournament on 10 September at Tanah Merah Country Club to benefit SPD.

World Physical Therapy Day: Fit To Take Part

World Physical Therapy Day: Fit To Take Part

19 September 2014

In conjunction with World Physical Therapy Day or World Physiotherapy Day on 8 September, SPD’s physiotherapists organised a fitness screening and exercise prescription session for SPD staff on 10 September.

New Board Elected At The 50th  Annual General Meeting

New Board Elected At The 50th Annual General Meeting

19 September 2014

SPD’s 50th Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 30 August 2014 at the SPD Ability Centre where a new Board was elected for the term 2014 to 2016

Giving In So Many Ways

Giving In So Many Ways

19 September 2014

A school teacher in Washington, Jackie Mutcheson, offered these insightful words “It takes each of us to make a difference for all of us.” At SPD, we often experience the generosity of those who contribute a bit of themselves to improve the lives of others. Here are some events over the last few weeks that have warmed our hearts.

Adaptive Aids For Enhanced Living

Adaptive Aids For Enhanced Living

05 September 2014

Adaptive aids are devices, controls or appliances which enable persons with physical limitations to improve their ability to carry out activities of daily living such as dining, dressing and grooming. Many of these devices are modifications or alterations to commonly used items to help persons with disabilities perform everyday tasks without the need for caregivers’ help or assistance. 

SPD Greeting Cards Are On Sale Now

SPD Greeting Cards Are On Sale Now

05 September 2014

To help spread the festive cheer this year-end, we are pleased to unveil our card collection this year.

Themed the ‘Golden Collection’, this commemorative edition is designed with SPD’s 50th jubilee anniversary in mind and comprises of 18 Christmas and Lunar New Year cards. A project that integrates different abilities, the card designs were enhanced from original artworks by SPD’s clients and trainees, and SPD’s Sheltered Workshop were engaged in packing of the cards.

Overcoming Life’s Adversities

Overcoming Life’s Adversities

05 September 2014

A client at SPD’s new Transition Programme for Employment (TPE), Zi Heng, was a teenager leading an active lifestyle. Working as a lifeguard then, he was about to enter university with hopes for a bright future when a freak accident turned his world around. He describes in this blog post his challenges thus far and his plans for the future.

Integration of Children with Different Abilities Encourages Social Acceptance

Integration of Children with Different Abilities Encourages Social Acceptance

21 August 2014

In his response to a letter in The Straits Times Forum on equipping people with disabilities with necessary skills to earn a living, SPD executive director Mr Abhimanyau Pal reiterated the need for such support to be available to them from young. We bring you his letter which was published on The Straits Times Online Forum on 21 August.

Supporting People With Suicidal Ideations

Supporting People With Suicidal Ideations

21 August 2014

The circumstances surrounding the demise of Hollywood actor Robin Williams early this month has put the spotlight on mental illnesses. He was reported to be suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease along with severe depression at the time of his death, sparking new talks about the co-relation between the conditions. Parkinson's experts have noted how the incurable and debilitating nervous system disorder also affects people emotionally. In this article, first published in October 2010, a former SPD social worker, Stella Quek, shared her thoughts on managing people with acquired physical disabilities who have suicidal thoughts.

SPD President Appointed As Nominated Member Of Parliament

SPD President Appointed As Nominated Member Of Parliament

21 August 2014

The social service and disability sectors found a voice in Parliament in the form of Ms Chia Yong Yong, SPD’s President, who was one of nine new Nominated Members of Parliament (NMP) announced by the Special Select Committee of Parliament on 11 August.

SPD Celebrates National Day 2014

SPD Celebrates National Day 2014

21 August 2014

Any celebration of the nation’s birthday has always been a joyous affair at SPD. No exception this year as staff at the SPD Ability Centre gathered for the National Day Observance Ceremony on the morning of 8 August to renew our allegiance to our country

Letter By SPD Executive Director On Social Service Sector To Be Included In The Country’s Infrastructure Planning

Letter By SPD Executive Director On Social Service Sector To Be Included In The Country’s Infrastructure Planning

21 August 2014

In an open letter to Minister of Social and Family Development Mr Chan Chun Sing, SPD executive director Mr Abhimanyau Pal, supported the Minister’s call for the social service sector to be included in the country’s infrastructure planning.

People – The Building Blocks of SPD

People – The Building Blocks of SPD

08 August 2014

Closely-knitted staff is the foundation of a strong and sturdy organisation as they are likely to perform better from their commitment to attaining group goals. With that in mind, 206 SPD staff gathered at the SPD Ability Centre for a day of bonding on 24 July.

Accessibility in Public Transport – What Other Countries Are Doing

Accessibility in Public Transport – What Other Countries Are Doing

08 August 2014

Just like many of us, persons with disabilities also make use of public transport to get to school and work and for leisure. Having the ability to move from one place to another plays a crucial role in the integration of persons with disabilities into society. Greater accessibility gives these individuals more independence and encourages them to step out and engage in more community activities.

Letter From The Executive Director: Helping Young Stroke Patients Get Back To Work

Letter From The Executive Director: Helping Young Stroke Patients Get Back To Work

08 August 2014

Executive director of SPD Mr Abhimanyau Pal shares his views on the relevance of our new Transition Programme for Employment (TPE) in a letter to The Straits Times which was published in its forum page on 22 July 2014.

SPD Changes Its Name to Reflect the Wider Disability Community Served

SPD Changes Its Name to Reflect the Wider Disability Community Served

08 August 2014

We marked another important milestone in our 50th year anniversary celebrations with a new name and logo that came into effect on 30 July.

 Paws In Service - How Service Dogs Could Assist Persons With Disabilities

Paws In Service - How Service Dogs Could Assist Persons With Disabilities

25 July 2014

Many of us have probably heard of dogs being deployed to search for disaster survivors or helping the police track down drugs and explosives. In some countries, dogs are also trained to provide assistance to persons with disabilities and those with medical conditions. This kind of assistance dogs are known as ‘service dogs’. Ms Poh Sho Siam, senior analyst of SPD’s advocacy team, shows us ‘man’s best friend’ at work.

Disability Awareness At Republic Polytechnic

Disability Awareness At Republic Polytechnic

25 July 2014

Republic Polytechnic (RP) organised a Wellness Campaign at their campus on 9 and 10 July with the aim of creating greater awareness and better understanding of persons with disabilities among their student population. More than a hundred students visited the SPD booth over the two-day event and heard from our Advocacy and Outreach colleagues on disability issues and participated in activities that highlighted the various challenges that people with disabilities face daily.

Starhub Calls On Customers To Pledge 4G4Good

Starhub Calls On Customers To Pledge 4G4Good

25 July 2014

Customers of StarHub Mobile will find it very easy to do their part for the community with the 4G4Good initiative. From 12 July 2014, eligible StarHub post-paid mobile customers would be able to pledge their unused talk-time, data and SMS for the month of August 2014 in support of five selected beneficiaries including SPD.

Weekend Respite For Caregivers With The CBWRC

Weekend Respite For Caregivers With The CBWRC

25 July 2014

The Centre Based Weekend Respite Care (CBWRC) service was officially launched by the Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on 14 July. An initiative by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) funded by the Ministry of Health (MOH), it aims to provide the opportunity for caregivers of adults or senior persons with physical or cognitive disabilities to take time off from their weekend caregiving duties for self-care or to engage in other roles and responsibilities.

Thank You for Supporting the SPD Flag Day 2014

Thank You for Supporting the SPD Flag Day 2014

11 July 2014

About 900 SPD staff and volunteers were mobilised on 14 June for the SPD Flag Day island-wide street collection.

Affordable and Accessible Transport Helps People with Disabilities Move Forward

Affordable and Accessible Transport Helps People with Disabilities Move Forward

11 July 2014

In a letter to The Straits Times, published on 7 July 2014, SPD’s executive director Mr Abhimanyau Pal shares his view on how recently announced public transport initiatives help to enhance the lives of people with disabilities in the long run.

Third Run for Office Skills Training Programme

Third Run for Office Skills Training Programme

11 July 2014

The third batch of IAC Certificate in Office Skills (ICOS) trainees, along with their caregivers, attended the pre-course Caregivers’ Briefing on the morning of 7 July.  It was to mark the start of a six-month training programme for 13 new trainees.  They and their caregivers were brought on a familiarity tour of the SPD Ability Centre and to get a better understanding of the training programme.

New Programme to Help People with Spinal Cord and Stroke Injuries Re-Join the Workforce

New Programme to Help People with Spinal Cord and Stroke Injuries Re-Join the Workforce

11 July 2014

SPD has launched a new programme in June to help prepare stroke survivors and those with spinal cord-related injuries to return to mainstream workforce. The programme encompasses active rehabilitation, work readiness training and employment support.

Job Accommodation to Enhance Employability of People with Disabilities

Job Accommodation to Enhance Employability of People with Disabilities

27 June 2014

The Enabling Employers Award given out in April commemorated employers who have taken the lead in employing people with disabilities. This is an encouraging trend as people with disabilities want to be contributing members of the economy. Through employment, they can gain self-confidence and be self-reliant and financially independent. In this article, Poh Sho Siam, senior analyst from SPD's advocacy team, provides insight on how people with disabilities can work efficiently if given the opportunities, training and accommodation support such as assistive technology and workplace adjustments.

The A to Z of Kite Culture

The A to Z of Kite Culture

27 June 2014

Volunteers from the Freedom Adventure Club recently organised a kite-making workshop and kite-flying outing over two weekends for about 20 Sheltered Workshop trainees.

 

Deutsche Bank’s Donate One Day Initiative

Deutsche Bank’s Donate One Day Initiative

27 June 2014

Since 2010, employees at Deutsche Bank Singapore Branch have been donating part of their salaries, ranging from one to 20 days, to selected charities under their Donate One Day fundraising initiative. SPD is one of the four charities to benefit from the the bank’s latest fundraising initiative.

Inclusive Education and Inclusive Mindset for an Inclusive Society

Inclusive Education and Inclusive Mindset for an Inclusive Society

27 June 2014

Providing more opportunities and assistance to persons with disabilities has been brought to greater attention in the media recently. It is encouraging that Singaporeans are getting more concerned over the needs of persons with disabilities, perhaps an indication that the society is a step closer to becoming an inclusive one. Ms Poh Sho Siam, senior analyst of SPD’s advocacy team, shares how early intervention, equal opportunities and mindsets can help students with disabilities excel.

SPD Recognised at NTUC May Day Model Partnership Awards 2014

SPD Recognised at NTUC May Day Model Partnership Awards 2014

27 June 2014

SPD, nominated by KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) as its working partner, joined the hospital in receiving the NTUC May Day Model Partnership Awards (Category C – Management and Union/Partners) on 24 May in a ceremony organised by NTUC and held at the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability. The event was attended by some 500 award winners and guests.

Letter on Retaining Talents in the Social Sector

Letter on Retaining Talents in the Social Sector

27 June 2014

SPD executive director, Mr Abhimanyau Pal, weighs in on attracting and retaining the right people for the social sector in a letter to the TODAY newspaper which was published on 17 June 2014.

Safari-themed Mural Brightens Up SPD@Jurong

Safari-themed Mural Brightens Up SPD@Jurong

30 May 2014

SPD@Jurong provides programmes and services for children with special needs living in the West, namely the Early Intervention Programme for Children and Infants (EIPIC) and Development Support Programme (DSP). With this main emphasis on children, it was essential to create as welcoming and child-friendly an environment as possible.

Hong Kong Visitors Share Tips on Self-management and Self-help in Stroke Rehabilitation

Hong Kong Visitors Share Tips on Self-management and Self-help in Stroke Rehabilitation

30 May 2014

Training is essential in developing the health-care manpower capabilities for continued excellence. The Ministry of Health’s Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) is aimed at developing Singapore's health-care manpower capabilities and improving the quality and range of health services to meet evolving national health-care needs by learning from the best.

Support the SPD Flag Day

Support the SPD Flag Day

30 May 2014

Cindy Goh had been out celebrating the end of her school examinations with a night out cycling with friends when the unexpected happened. The then 15-year-old did not see a lorry illegally parked on the road and crashed into it. The accident left Cindy with serious spinal cord injuries. She was in a coma for two weeks and when she awoke, she was devastated at losing her ability to walk and her independence.

GoEasy: Going to Places More Easily

GoEasy: Going to Places More Easily

30 May 2014

GoEasy (formerly known as Accessing Accessibility) was one of the five teams at the Enabling Community coLAB that won $20,000 in seed money to help jumpstart their idea. Consisting of six members, including two wheelchair users and an SPD staff, their solution works like mobile and web applications, or apps, that crowdsource feedback and rate places based on accessibility.

 

Singapore Ranked 64th in the World In Giving

Singapore Ranked 64th in the World In Giving

30 May 2014

Where do Singaporeans measure in terms of giving? The ‘World Giving Index’ report examines the nature of giving around the world through three aspects of giving behavior. Published by the Charities Aid Foundation in the United Kingdom, the report provides insight to the act of giving across the globe annually, including Singapore, since 2010.

In this article, our advocacy senior analyst, Ms Poh Sho Siam, gives an overview of how Singapore has fared as compared to other countries in the world.

Long Service Award for Two SPD Board Members

Long Service Award for Two SPD Board Members

30 May 2014

We salute two of our long-serving Board members for their invaluable contribution to and in support of SPD as they received the Long Service Award for Voluntary Welfare Organisation volunteers from the National Council of Social Service.

Being Sporting for the Day

Being Sporting for the Day

16 May 2014

Organised by SPD’s Day Activity Centre, the Inter DAC Sports Day was held on 15 May at the Nanyang Polytechnic Indoor Sports Hall with NCSS’ Deputy CEO Ms Tina Hung as the Guest-of-Honour. The ‘mini-paralympics’ brought together participants with disabilities who competed in popular but modified sports such as discus-throwing, hockey and track events, as well as an unconventional donut-eating relay race.

Groups Generate New Tech Ideas to Improve Lives of People with Disabilities

Groups Generate New Tech Ideas to Improve Lives of People with Disabilities

15 May 2014

The Enabling Community coLAB is a month-long social innovation project organised by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and SG Enable to encourage collaboration between persons with disabilities, social entrepreneurs, researchers, students, developers, designers and other professionals to design and prototype solutions to empower persons with disabilities.

Striding up to SPD’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations Kick-off and the Opening of SPD@Jurong

Striding up to SPD’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations Kick-off and the Opening of SPD@Jurong

15 May 2014

The sun shone bright as a crowd of 200 partners, clients, caregivers and staff of SPD witnessed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam officially open SPD@Jurong on 10 May 2014.

Congratulations on a Beautiful Concert

Congratulations on a Beautiful Concert

25 April 2014

Organised by the Beautiful Mind Charity for the third year running, the ‘2014 Beautiful Mind, Beautiful Concert - Beginning of Another Miracle’ that was held at the SOTA Concert Hall on 19 April 2014 was an inspiring event which showcased the musical talents of the performers from Beautiful Mind Charity Korea and the Beautiful Mind Music Academy.

In Their Shoes - Experiencing Disabilities for a Day

In Their Shoes - Experiencing Disabilities for a Day

25 April 2014

SPD’s Advocacy and Public Education department conducted a disability simulation exercise for a class of 36 students at the ITE College Central on 23 April. The objectives were to increase awareness and help correct misconceptions about people with disabilities. We also hoped that this experience would help participants learn about the challenges that people with disabilities faced and generate greater awareness of their needs.

SPD Receives Partners Award at the Enabling Employers Awards

SPD Receives Partners Award at the Enabling Employers Awards

25 April 2014

In appreciation of the support extended to persons with disabilities in helping to enhance their opportunities for employment, SPD received the Partners Award at the Enabling Employers Awards Gala Dinner held at Gardens by the Bay on 24 April.

A Centre In Toa Payoh From 1 April 2014

A Centre In Toa Payoh From 1 April 2014

11 April 2014

We are pleased to share that we have a centre in Toa Payoh from 1 April 2014. SPD has taken over the management of TP Healthcare, which brings the total number of SPD centres island-wide to four – the SPD Ability Centre in Tiong Bahru, SPD@Tampines, SPD@Jurong, and the latest addition, TP Healthcare which has been renamed SPD@Toa Payoh.

Heart2Climb – Taking On Heights

Heart2Climb – Taking On Heights

11 April 2014

Heart2Climb is a 220km trekking expedition by full-time students Ashik and Ashok, to raise funds for SPD. The expedition will take the duo over 5,400m into the Himalayan Mountain Range. In this e-mail interview, Ashok tells us more about the pair of mountaineering enthusiasts and the fundraiser that will push them to their physical and mental limits.

Singapore Rehabilitation Conference 2014

Singapore Rehabilitation Conference 2014

11 April 2014

A team of SPD staff was invited to the 3rd Singapore Rehabilitation Conference held at the Singapore General Hospital from 27 to 29 March to share their knowledge and expertise in the sector.

Dream Power With SP Care

Dream Power With SP Care

11 April 2014

A group of students from Singapore Polytechnic’s (SP) School of Engineering applied their creativity and knowledge to design innovative devices that enhance the lives of our seniors and of people with disabilities.

Beyond Borders – A Lunchtime Sharing by APB Foundation Scholar Winston Wong

Beyond Borders – A Lunchtime Sharing by APB Foundation Scholar Winston Wong

11 April 2014

One of our Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities recipients Winston Wong, who is hearing impaired, shared his story through a special edition of the Beyond Borders initiative to 50 participants comprising mainly of NUS students and staff. Along with visually impaired research scientist Dr Yeo Sze Ling, he shared the challenges he faced in his academic pursuits, how he overcame them and what drove him to persevere despite the obstacles

 SPD’s Views On Whether Wider Corridors Make Sense For Private Projects

SPD’s Views On Whether Wider Corridors Make Sense For Private Projects

28 March 2014

Do wider corridors make sense for private projects? We responded to the The Straits Times' article (22 March) with our views on the matter in a letter to the Forum Page.

Beautiful Beginning Of Another Miracle

Beautiful Beginning Of Another Miracle

28 March 2014

SPD beneficiaries have been invited to perform at the 2014 Beautiful Mind, Beautiful Concert - Beginning of Another Miracle in April 2014.

Raise Funds by Breaking Physical and Mental Limits

Raise Funds by Breaking Physical and Mental Limits

28 March 2014

Sundown With Love, community arm of Sundown Marathon, is back this year with SPD as one of four beneficiaries.

You Are ‘BEYOUTIFUL

You Are ‘BEYOUTIFUL

28 March 2014

The Singapore Management University (SMU) Peer Helpers are full-time undergraduate students who are equipped to help and meet the emotional needs of their peers. As part of community service, SMU Peer Helpers organised an event for our students with disabilities which was held at SMU campus on 21 March 2014.

EIPIC Healthy Lifestyle And Sports Day 2014

EIPIC Healthy Lifestyle And Sports Day 2014

28 March 2014

Happy chatter and joyful laughter filled the whole SPD Ability Centre on 18 March as sing-along sessions and games were organised for close to 50 children and their caregivers from our early intervention programme as part of the annual Healthy Lifestyle and Sports Day.

How Dedicated Transport Service Works

How Dedicated Transport Service Works

14 March 2014

Dedicated transport service has been put under the spotlight recently after Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam announced at the Singapore Budget 2014 last month that persons with disabilities will be getting more help for their transport costs. UPDATES shows what dedicated transport is and how such a service is essential to some of our beneficiaries.

Fall Prevention Tips

Fall Prevention Tips

14 March 2014

By 2030, it is estimated that two out of 10 people in Singapore will be above 65. It is no surprise then that safety of the elderly at home would be a major concern for many as a serious fall could lead to irrevocable effects on their health and affect their quality of life. Our therapists Nurul Atiqah, Alan Ong and Selvaraj Senthilkumar, offer tips on how falls can be prevented and what can be done to make homes elderly friendly.

Barriers To Integrating People With Disabilities In Mainstream Society

Barriers To Integrating People With Disabilities In Mainstream Society

14 March 2014

In the last decade, the authorities have taken considerable steps to help people with disabilities integrate into the community. They include improvements to building access such as ensuring more toilets for people with disabilities, designating more tables at food centres for people with disabilities, installation of lifts and tactile tiles at train stations, provision of more wheelchair-friendly buses and amenities as well as the formulation of the Enabling Master Plan to enhance the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Get Your Gear, Suit Up And Let’s Laser Tag!

Get Your Gear, Suit Up And Let’s Laser Tag!

28 February 2014

On a bright Saturday morning on 22 February, a corner of Bishan Park became a friendly battle ground for 16 clients from the SPD Education Programme as they engaged in Laser Tag under the guidance of 20 volunteers from the Freedom Adventure Club.  

 Volunteers Needed For SPD Flag Day 2014

Volunteers Needed For SPD Flag Day 2014

28 February 2014

The SPD Flag Day 2014 will be held on 14 June 2014 from 10am to 6pm and we are looking for all the help that we can get!

Looking At Budget 2014

Looking At Budget 2014

28 February 2014

The Budget 2014 was announced on 21 February by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam. He announced that there would be more help available for people with disabilities, families with children with special needs and the elderly. Here are the benefits extended to people with disabilities announced in Budget 2014.

Welcoming The Year Of The Horse

Welcoming The Year Of The Horse

14 February 2014

The weeks leading up to the Lunar New Year is normally a busy time for many. We are heartened that in spite of this, many of our partners and volunteers took time out from their packed schedules to indulge in the festivities with our beneficiaries at SPD. Here are some of the celebrations that took place to welcome the Year of the Horse.

Getting Everybody Together For One Day Of Everything

Getting Everybody Together For One Day Of Everything

14 February 2014

It was Organisational Excellence Day, Staff Day and Appreciation Dinner all rolled into one as SPD staff from all three centres gathered at the SPD Ability Centre on 24 January for the annual get-together.

Taking Responsibility For Our Safety

Taking Responsibility For Our Safety

14 February 2014

Workplace accidents can greatly impact the lives of workers and their loved ones, which is why we believe that investing in workplace safety and health (WSH) is one of the best welfare that we can provide our staff.

SPD Working With Singapore Management University To Help Students With Disabilities Cope Better In School

SPD Working With Singapore Management University To Help Students With Disabilities Cope Better In School

14 February 2014

SPD and the Singapore Management University (SMU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 7 February 2014 to collaborate in developing and promoting best practices for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) in Singapore.

For Better Or For Worse, In Sickness Or In Health

For Better Or For Worse, In Sickness Or In Health

14 February 2014

As many celebrate Valentine’s Day on 14 February, we thought it would be apt to revisit an article by Khoo Khee Ling, the head of SPD’s Community & Social Service Department, who gave her insights on the realities of couples staying together in a marriage even after one acquires a disability. This article was first published in ExtraPage in July 2008.

Volunteer Appreciation Day

Volunteer Appreciation Day

30 January 2014

Last year, more than 5,500 volunteers comprising students, individuals and employees of corporate partners did just that. This translated to over 7,300 volunteer sessions or close to 22,000 volunteer hours given in service to SPD. In appreciation of their dedication and commitment to our cause, we invited our volunteers to a movie screening of Legend of Hercules and a tea reception at The Cathay Cineplex on 18 January.

Sign Up For These Events!

Sign Up For These Events!

30 January 2014

We have great events coming up in February. Take a look and sign up for them quickly!

Take Up Social Work As A Second Career

Take Up Social Work As A Second Career

30 January 2014

Social workers are often one of the most sought after professionals in the social service sector. With an ageing population and rising societal challenges in Singapore, the need for these professionals has never been so pressing as in recent years.

Office Skills Training Programme In Its Second Run

Office Skills Training Programme In Its Second Run

17 January 2014

The IAC Certificate in Office Skills (ICOS) programme started its second run on 6 January with an orientation for the trainees and their caregivers. 23-year-old Chuan Chen is one of the 12 trainees who had embarked on this six-month training programme. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy since young, Chuan Chen completed her GCE ‘O’ Levels in 2010 at a mainstream school despite her disabilities.

SPD Celebrates Occupational Therapy Day 2014

SPD Celebrates Occupational Therapy Day 2014

17 January 2014

SPD celebrated the 2014 OT Day with staff as well as people with disabilities and their caregivers at the SPD Ability Centre on 10 January. Thanks to the organisers, we got to know more about the profession through games and activities related to assistive technology and adult, paediatric and geriatric rehabilitation. For instance, one of the activities required participants to wear a shirt using just his/her non-dominant hand to simulate recovery from the effects of stroke.

SPD Education Programme Awards Bring Youngsters Closer To Their Dreams

SPD Education Programme Awards Bring Youngsters Closer To Their Dreams

17 January 2014

Samuel Lim may not be able to speak normally like others, but he expresses himself using a universal language - music. The 14-year-old, who plays the piano and gu zheng, was one of the two recipients of the SPD Youth Aspiration Award 2014. Over $76,000 in bursaries were also presented to 97 students with disabilities or have parents with physical disabilities at the SPD Education Programme Awards Presentation Ceremony at Traders Hotel on 11 January.

 

We Wish You A Happy 2014!

We Wish You A Happy 2014!

03 January 2014

The first week of the new year has come and gone. We hope you’ve taken your first step towards fulfilling your resolutions and wishes!

 SPD Charity Hongbao 2014

SPD Charity Hongbao 2014

03 January 2014

Lunar New Year is round the corner and so is our Charity Hongbao project!

Looking Back On The Year-end Festivities!

Looking Back On The Year-end Festivities!

03 January 2014

It was a fun and eventful month for our clients in December as several corporate partners visited SPD to celebrate the yuletide season with them!