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2016 Updates

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Keagan Lim

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Keagan Lim

23 December 2016

Support from his parents, professionals and his teachers have helped create an effective learning environment for Keagan Lim, a cheery boy who attended SPD’s Continuing Therapy Programme (CTP) at SPD@Tampines.

Letter of Appreciation from a Primary School Student

Letter of Appreciation from a Primary School Student

23 December 2016

Speaking on the theme of resilience at the Children’s Day Concert at Methodist Girls’ School (Primary) in October, SPD President Ms Chia Yong Yong shared stories of her experience growing up with a disability. Here is a letter from one of the students, Valerie Lee, who shared how the speech impacted her.

What it Takes to Nurture Young People with Disabilities

What it Takes to Nurture Young People with Disabilities

23 December 2016

After her record-breaking feats last year, a bond-free scholarship was launched under the name of Singapore’s golden girl Yip Pin Xiu at the Singapore Management University. It is a big stride ahead to a more inclusive society and SPD Executive Director Mr Abhimanyau Pal shares his views in this letter published in The Straits Times Forum on 15 December 2016.

Happy Volunteering

Happy Volunteering

09 December 2016

With our limited resources, volunteers play an important role, helping to provide additional help to SPD’s programmes and services from time to time. A happy volunteering experience comes from a good partnership between both the organisation and the volunteer. Here, regular volunteer Koh Sok Cheng (extreme right) shares her volunteering experience at SPD.

Occupational Therapy for Older Adults with Chronic Diseases

Occupational Therapy for Older Adults with Chronic Diseases

09 December 2016

Ageing can be seen as a triumph of development, whereby people are living longer because of better nutrition, sanitation, health care, education and economic well-being. However, it can pose a set of social and economic challenges, especially if older individuals are struck by chronic diseases. SPD’s senior occupational therapist Janet Pua shares how occupational therapy can play a part in improving the lives of older adults with chronic diseases.

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Shee Shu Xin, “I can, I can, I can make a difference.”

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Shee Shu Xin, “I can, I can, I can make a difference.”

09 December 2016

SPD volunteer Shee Shu Xin shares her rehabilitation journey after her spinal cord injury and how she learnt to focus on “I can” instead of ‘I can’t”.

‘Count Me In’ Charity Concert Raises Close to $300,000 for People with Disabilities

‘Count Me In’ Charity Concert Raises Close to $300,000 for People with Disabilities

25 November 2016

It was an evening to remember as the much-lauded Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) performed a fusion of traditional Chinese music pieces with popular Broadway and Western classical crossover numbers under the baton of world-renowned music director Maestro Tsung Yeh at SPD’s ‘Count Me In’ Charity Concert on 18 November at the Capitol Theatre.

SPD Speech Therapy Team Presents: Café Therapy@Tiong Bahru

SPD Speech Therapy Team Presents: Café Therapy@Tiong Bahru

25 November 2016

SPD’s speech therapists set up for one day the ST Cafe on 18 November at the SPD Ability Centre to give SPD staff and clients an opportunity to experience augmentative and alternative communication, as well as a taste of modified drinks so that they can understand more about communication and swallowing difficulties.

Hack-A-Toy for Children with Special Needs

Hack-A-Toy for Children with Special Needs

25 November 2016

DSO National Laboratories, Singapore’s national defence research and development organisation, chose to partner SPD for its community project Hack-a-Toy this year. More than 50 engineers from DSO participated in the five-month-long effort to modify 51 toys and 68 switches to suit the needs of children with special needs. SPD worked with DSO to identify toys that the children would enjoy and switches they would benefit from. 

President Tony Tan Confers SPD the President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Award for Non-Profit Organisations

President Tony Tan Confers SPD the President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Award for Non-Profit Organisations

11 November 2016

Dr Tony Tan, President of Singapore, conferred SPD the President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards (Non-Profit Organisation) in a ceremony held at the Shangri-la Hotel Singapore on 9 November. SPD executive director Mr Abhimanyau Pal accepted the award from Dr Tan on the organisation’s behalf.

Conversation with Psychologist Pearl Chu

Conversation with Psychologist Pearl Chu

11 November 2016

Pearl is a part of the early intervention support team at SPD@Jurong. A psychologist, Pearl works with both our young clients and their caregivers to achieve the best outcomes. UPDATES caught up with Pearl over her experience working at the centre for the past one and a half years.

Fun Learning for Children During Trick-or-Treat

Fun Learning for Children During Trick-or-Treat

11 November 2016

Close to 50 children from our Building Bridges EIPIC Centre went trick-or-treating at offices located at the SPD Ability Centre. The activity was started last year by teachers and therapists who felt that this could be a fun platform in which they could also incorporate individual learning goals of the children.

SPD Clients and Volunteers Show Support for Inclusion at Purple Parade

SPD Clients and Volunteers Show Support for Inclusion at Purple Parade

11 November 2016

An enthusiastic wave of purple swept into Suntec City on 5 November as some 10,000 people turned up at the Purple Parade all dressed to the occasion. Into its fourth year, the event presents an opportunity for the disabled community to spread the message of inclusion and promote greater understanding of issues that people with special needs face and to push for greater integration of people with disabilities into mainstream society.

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Lee Yoke Sui

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Lee Yoke Sui

28 October 2016

Lee Yoke Sui is a client at our Day Activity Centre (DAC) who is always full of smiles. She was born prematurely and was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy at birth. Prior to the DAC, Yoke Sui had limited social interaction and rarely participated in leisure activities. Her days are now more enriching and meaningful after joining the DAC. 

October is AAC Awareness Month - ‘I’ve got a lot to say!’

October is AAC Awareness Month - ‘I’ve got a lot to say!’

28 October 2016

‘I’ve got a lot to say’ was the theme of the party organised for a group of young clients and their caregivers at the Enabling Village on 11 October to celebrate the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month. The group of seven boys and girls, aged 5 to 12 years old, attends training at Tech Able to learn to express themselves and communicate with others better using AAC devices.

Better Vision for SPD Clients on World Sight Day

Better Vision for SPD Clients on World Sight Day

28 October 2016

A team led by social worker Glenn Seet brought 17 clients from SPD’s Transition Programme for Employment (TPE), Sheltered Workshop, Employment Support Programme (ESP) and Specialised Case Management Programme (SCMP) to an event held at the Singapore Polytechnic (SP) on 13 October to commemorate World Sight Day.

Meet Our Four Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship Recipients

Meet Our Four Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship Recipients

14 October 2016

Four young Singaporeans with disabilities, (from left) Tan Jun Long, Raymond Zheng, Tan Jian Hao and Noah Si were awarded the Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship to pursue tertiary education in information technology (IT) related fields. They received their awards from Guest-of-Honour Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Trade and Industry, at an awards ceremony held at ITE College Central on 7 October. Let's get to know more about our scholars.

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Joan Ow and Natania Huang

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Joan Ow and Natania Huang

14 October 2016

For this champion caregiver story, our Programme Head for Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) and Continuing Therapy Programme (CTP), Ms Dawn Wee, talked to the vivacious Mdm Joan Ow, 45, mom to Natania Hwang, 10, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Natania is currently receiving occupational therapy with the CTP at SPD Ability Centre. Here, Joan answers 10 questions and shares with us her biggest hurdle to date, what keeps her going and her wish for her daughter.

SPD Sports & Play Day 2016

SPD Sports & Play Day 2016

14 October 2016

The spirit of friendly competition was in the air as 90 children from SPD’s Building Bridges EIPIC Centre at the SPD Ability Centre and SPD@Jurong gathered at Jurongville Secondary School on 24 September for the SPD Sports & Play Day 2016.

Understanding and Exploring Different Sides of Singapore

Understanding and Exploring Different Sides of Singapore

14 October 2016

Trainees from SPD’s Sheltered Workshop got to know more about Singapore’s rich culture and saw the more rustic side of the garden city, as they ventured off the beaten track.

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.

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Soh Whee Lian

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Soh Whee Lian

19 August 2016

Brows slightly creased and with steady unwavering hands, he snips away at her hair, half a centimetre at a time. His look of concentration, like that of an artist working with intent, is in direct contrast to the playful smile Jin Leng displays, obviously enjoying the haircut she is receiving. 40-year-old Soh Whee Lian is a wheelchair user who is giving back to society with his hairstyling skills.

Riding Safely on Your Personal Mobility Device

Riding Safely on Your Personal Mobility Device

19 August 2016

A personal mobility device (PMD) allows its user to have greater independence and increased mobility and even speed within the community. It is no wonder then that there has been an increase in demand for these devices, which include powered scooters and wheelchairs. SPD physiotherapist Nadiah Binte Muhamed Amin advises on the safe and proper use of these mobility devices.

Letter on Catering to the Transport Needs of Different Disability Groups

Letter on Catering to the Transport Needs of Different Disability Groups

19 August 2016

The Public Transport Council (PTC) released on 1 August 2016 a raft of recommendations on how buses and trains can be made friendlier for families, seniors and wheelchair users. Some of the biggest concerns from commuters included crowding on public transport and stations, and issues of reliability and accessibility. SPD executive director Mr Abhimanyau Pal shares his views in this letter published in The Straits Times Forum on 6 August 2016, on how transport accessibility is essential in creating a more inclusive environment for people with disabilities.

Harnessing Technology for Greater Inclusion

Harnessing Technology for Greater Inclusion

05 August 2016

SPD's Advocacy & Public Education team has been zipping across the island to spread the message of inclusion, and sharing with tech savvy youths how their expertise can help create a more inclusive environment for people with disabilities.

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Noraini Binte Hamid

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Noraini Binte Hamid

05 August 2016

Noraini has mobility difficulties but she does not see herself as one who needs care. She is independent and sees herself as a contributing member of her family.

Volunteers Help SPD Clients Stay Active

Volunteers Help SPD Clients Stay Active

05 August 2016

Volunteers from all walks of life organised activities this past few weeks to keep our clients engaged and active.

Strengthen Transition Support for Kids with Special Needs

Strengthen Transition Support for Kids with Special Needs

22 July 2016

Parents of children with special needs may not always have the knowledge or time to research the options and assistance available for their children and how to go about getting them. SPD executive director Mr Abhimanyau Pal shares in this letter, published in The Straits Times Forum on 11 July 2016, how a road map that allows parents to navigate the special needs education system would assure them of their children’s development.

Thank You Caroline for the Gift of Voice

Thank You Caroline for the Gift of Voice

22 July 2016

Caroline Matheussen joined SPD as a volunteer in February 2014, helping to cultivate good reading habits in the young children supported by SPD’s early intervention programme. A month later, she stepped up to help in getting Specialised Assistive Technology Centre client Yong Seng Koon, a young man who is unable to speak, to use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to communicate. Seng Koon has come a long way since pairing up with Caroline and today can read and write simple sentences. 

Inaugural Technology Forum Raises Awareness on Positive Impact of Technology on People with Disabilities

Inaugural Technology Forum Raises Awareness on Positive Impact of Technology on People with Disabilities

22 July 2016

The inaugural E2 Connect 2016 forum was held at the Enabling Village on 21 and 22 July. The two-day forum involved industry experts and representatives from the disability care sector who came together to raise awareness of the positive impact of technology on people with disabilities, and of opportunities in terms of education, training and independent learning.

SPD is Singapore’s First Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Centre for Children and Adults to Receive CARF Accreditation

SPD is Singapore’s First Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Centre for Children and Adults to Receive CARF Accreditation

08 July 2016

We have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International for a period of three years for the Continuing Therapy Programme (CTP) and SPD Rehabilitation Centres. This is the first time any local community-based outpatient rehabilitation programme for children and adults in Singapore have been accredited by CARF International.

Conversation with Social Work Associate Ishak Johari

Conversation with Social Work Associate Ishak Johari

08 July 2016

Social work associate Ishak Johari has only been with SPD for less than a year and already has a heart thumping story to share – one that involves dissuading a stranger from jumping off the building. We caught up with Ishak to find out more about his journey to impacting more lives.

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Goh Kee Choon: “Heng ah! I’m still alive!”

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Goh Kee Choon: “Heng ah! I’m still alive!”

08 July 2016

Mr Goh Kee Choon is a familiar figure in SPD. He is a social worker, an avid photographer and a person of ability with a disability. SPD’s advocacy senior analyst, Poh Sho Siam, shares his story.

Count Me In to Walk the Talk

Count Me In to Walk the Talk

24 June 2016

We have some fun and meaningful events coming up to help generate greater disability awareness and raise funds for our cause. We hope to have your support.

Celebrating Fathers’ Day

Celebrating Fathers’ Day

24 June 2016

Fathers’ Day was celebrated last Sunday and we would like to share stories of two fathers who are exemplary in their caregiving role raising their children who have special needs.

Veteran Mountaineer David Lim Scales 6,000m Peak in Nepal

Veteran Mountaineer David Lim Scales 6,000m Peak in Nepal

24 June 2016

SPD’s flag once again fluttered in the cold winds atop one of the highest points on earth as veteran mountaineer David Lim flew it when he made an ascent of a 6,000-metre high peak in Nepal on 22 May.

Letter on the Importance of Inclusive Interaction at an Early Age

Letter on the Importance of Inclusive Interaction at an Early Age

10 June 2016

Even as disability organisations roll out public education campaigns and events to promote inclusion, recent findings from several surveys showed that Singapore is still not as inclusive a society as we would like it to be. SPD executive director Mr Abhimanyau Pal shared his view on why inclusive interaction needs to start from our young and how such a setting would benefit our society as a whole in this letter published in The Straits Times Forum on 4 June 2016.

SPD Welcomes Mr Yeo Teck Guan to the Fundraising Committee

SPD Welcomes Mr Yeo Teck Guan to the Fundraising Committee

10 June 2016

We extend a warm welcome to Mr Yeo Teck Guan who joined us on 30 May 2016 as an SPD member and Fundraising Committee Member.

Reaching Out to the Community

Reaching Out to the Community

10 June 2016

As part of our work to integrate people with disabilities into mainstream society, we also focus on advocating greater acceptance at the workplace, in school and the community at large.

June Break Activities

June Break Activities

10 June 2016

It’s the June holidays and we check out some of the activities organised for our younger clients so far!

Experiential Learning from Outside the Classroom

Experiential Learning from Outside the Classroom

27 May 2016

Teachers from the Building Bridges EIPIC Centre lined up several experiential learning activities outside of the classroom the past two months. We take a look at all the fun learning the children had.

Furry Friends Delight the Elderly at SPD@Toa Payoh

Furry Friends Delight the Elderly at SPD@Toa Payoh

27 May 2016

The interaction with gentle and friendly pets is said to improve physical health, encourage communication and promote good mental health. We were therefore delighted to have volunteers from Mutts & Mittens lead their pack for pet therapy with 20 elderly clients at SPD@Toa Payoh on 8 April and 13 May.

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Ng Mei Ching

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Ng Mei Ching

27 May 2016

41-year-old Ng Mei Ching was working in a global financial services company as an assistant vice-president when a motor vehicle incident in 2011 robbed her of her motor functions from the chest down. Initially reliant on her caregiver for all her activities of daily living, the soft-spoken mother of two enrolled in SPD’s Transitional Programme for Employment (TPE) in September 2014 with the goal of getting back to work and becoming physically stronger to care for her two young children.

Coming Together for Organisational Excellence

Coming Together for Organisational Excellence

13 May 2016

It was get-together time as everyone from SPD’s centres all over Singapore gathered at the SPD Ability Centre on 29 April for the annual Organisational Excellence Day.

 

Conversation with Senior Workshop Supervisor Tan Lee Huan

Conversation with Senior Workshop Supervisor Tan Lee Huan

13 May 2016

Always with a ready smile, Tan Lee Huan is a senior workshop supervisor at SPD’s Sheltered Workshop, which offers supported employment and vocational training for people with disabilities, largely seeking sub-contract work such as packing, letter-shopping and product tagging the trainees can engage in. She has been with the SPD family for almost 14 years, having joined in September 2002. We catch up with Lee Huan to find out more about her work at SPD.

A Musical Treat for All at SPD

A Musical Treat for All at SPD

13 May 2016

Clients of SPD were treated to a rousing performance of English, Mandarin and Malay favourites by musicians from the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) who performed at SPD on 11 May as part of the SCO Caring Series 2016 sponsored by Tan Chin Tuan Foundation.

Inaugural SPD Charity Golf Raises $240,000 Thanks to Strong Support from Corporate Partners

Inaugural SPD Charity Golf Raises $240,000 Thanks to Strong Support from Corporate Partners

29 April 2016

The inaugural SPD Charity Golf, held at the Raffles Country Club on 22 April, saw close to 30 companies coming together to raise more than $240,000 through sponsorship of golf flights and donations. Guest-of-Honour, Minister for Manpower and Member of Parliament for East Coast GRC, Mr Lim Swee Say, led the tee-off with 106 golfers in the 27-flight event.

SPD Conducts Disability Awareness Training for Tower Transit Bus Captains

SPD Conducts Disability Awareness Training for Tower Transit Bus Captains

29 April 2016

Looking to create a better experience for their commuters, Singapore’s third local bus operator Tower Transit invited SPD to conduct a disability awareness workshop for their bus captains on 27 April. The workshop provided the bus captains with knowledge and understanding of people with disabilities, as well as etiquette and skills in helping them.

Letter on Promoting Inclusive Outdoor Education

Letter on Promoting Inclusive Outdoor Education

29 April 2016

Acting Education Minister (Schools) Mr Ng Chee Meng recently announced in Parliament that, as part of the National Outdoor Adventure Education Masterplan, all students will get to participate in three cohort camps during their school years. The move is aimed at increasing our students’ exposure to the outdoors and developing attributes such as ruggedness and resilience. Believing that students with disabilities should have equal opportunities to be a part of this experiential learning, SPD executive director Mr Abhimanyau Pal shares in this letter published in The Straits Times Forum on 22 April the importance of including students with disabilities in the outdoor activities.

 

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Fang Zhi’s Invisible Disability

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Fang Zhi’s Invisible Disability

29 April 2016

All parties play a part in enabling a child with special needs - the system, parents, the public, as well as the child himself. When one is willing to give the child an opportunity and to accept the child, he is making a difference in the child’s life.

Caring for Our Caregivers

Caring for Our Caregivers

15 April 2016

According to studies, many with caregiving responsibilities have two or more chronic diseases. Therefore, to relieve caregivers of their usual caregiving duties and help release pent-up tension and stress, SPD’s social workers organised the Caregivers Wellness Day on 1 April. More than 20 caregivers and clients attended the event held at the Central Singapore Community Development Council (CS CDC) in Toa Payoh. 

Thank You Everyone for Making the SPD Flag Day 2016 a Success!

Thank You Everyone for Making the SPD Flag Day 2016 a Success!

15 April 2016

45-year-old Tan Li Li, a wheelchair user who has polio, has been a craftsman at SPD’s Sheltered Workshop since 1999. She joined the other craftsmen with disabilities from the Sheltered Workshop last Saturday to do their bit to raise funds for SPD through the SPD Flag Day. The generosity of passers-by at Jurong East MRT station kept Li Li going and she was happy when she handed in four filled-up donation tins at the end of the day.

SPD Welcomes Ms Ong Toon Hui to the Board of Management

SPD Welcomes Ms Ong Toon Hui to the Board of Management

15 April 2016

We extend a warm welcome to Ms Ong Toon Hui who joined SPD’s Board of Management on 14 March 2016. Ms Ong is the Dean and Chief Executive Officer of Civil Service College Singapore and concurrently Deputy Secretary (Development) in the Public Service Division of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together - Overee Stephanie Fawcet

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together - Overee Stephanie Fawcet

01 April 2016

She got into position beside her duet partner and locked the brakes on her wheelchair. She readied herself as the training officers put the portable microphone on her.  It was the moment that she had been training for over the past few months. The introductory music came on and as it hit the 20-second mark, she sang out the first words of Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’.  She had a slight smile on her face as she paused for her next line. She knew she would do well for the song. And she did.

Letter on Ensuring Streamlined Support for Children with Special Needs

Letter on Ensuring Streamlined Support for Children with Special Needs

01 April 2016

Early intervention can make a difference to a child’s development, resulting in better outcomes for children with special needs, including better social and daily living skills. In a letter published in Today’s Voices on 17 March, SPD executive director Mr Abhimanyau Pal, took the opportunity to share some of the early intervention programmes available.

Games and Toys for Inclusive Play

Games and Toys for Inclusive Play

18 March 2016

Children learn through play, try out new skills, bond with others and also in the process, have their imagination piqued. To enable children with special needs to play, mainstream games and toys have been adapted and modified. Here, senior advocacy analyst Poh Sho Siam shows us some of these modified games. 

Celebrating Social Workers’ Day

Celebrating Social Workers’ Day

18 March 2016

In line with the Singapore Association of Social Workers’ (SASW) 10th anniversary, the social workers from SPD’s Community & Social Support Department (CSSD) adopted the theme ‘Honouring Diversity’ in the games and presentations they organised this year for SPD’s clients and staff, to promote better understanding of their profession. The event was light-hearted yet educational as the social workers explained their profession at information booths set up at SPD Ability Centre on 16 March.

TPE Clients Go Sailing on Wheelchair-Accessible Sailboat

TPE Clients Go Sailing on Wheelchair-Accessible Sailboat

18 March 2016

The DBS Marina Sailing Programme was launched in 2013 to provide the community an opportunity to get into the Marina Reservoir and enjoy the view of the bay from a different perspective. We are delighted to be one of the community partners chosen to participate in this year’s programme.

Plan for Long-Term Care for Those with Disabilities

Plan for Long-Term Care for Those with Disabilities

18 March 2016

A topic that is generally hard to broach but always on the minds of caregivers of people with disabilities is what happens to their loved-ones when the caregiver is no longer able to care for them. SPD’s director for inclusion advancement Joyce Wong promotes the need for permanency planning in this letter published in The Straits Times Forum on 15 March.

Greater Awareness  of Rare Conditions

Greater Awareness of Rare Conditions

04 March 2016

Rare Disease Day was started in 2008 and takes place on the last day of February each year. It is celebrated internationally with the aim of raising awareness about rare diseases, as well as their impact on the lives of people diagnosed with them. Here, four of SPD’s clients and their families come forward to share their stories to raise awareness of the various conditions.

A QaneMate to Bind Generations

A QaneMate to Bind Generations

04 March 2016

SPD’s Rehabilitation Centre is the proud recipient of 12 QaneMates and walking canes on 25 February. The QaneMate is a portable walking cane holder designed to keep the cane in an upright position when the user is not holding onto it. It is the brainchild of 12-year-old Seng Ian Hao and 10-year old sister Seng Ing Le.

Creating Awareness for Tourette’s Syndrome

Creating Awareness for Tourette’s Syndrome

04 March 2016

Josiah Ong is a recipient of the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities and a business administration undergraduate at National University of Singapore (NUS), who has Tourette’s Syndrome. He gave a talk at his school’s disability support office recently to raise the awareness of Tourette’s Syndrome.

Farewell to Our Soka Volunteers

Farewell to Our Soka Volunteers

04 March 2016

The farewell between Soka volunteer Lay Keow and stroke survivor Vivian started with smiles and encouraging handshakes. But as reality set in and a few touching words of appreciation later, the two shared a tearful embrace, one that epitomised the bond developed between the volunteers and the SPD Day Activity Centre (DAC) clients over the past 11 years.

Labelling Hurts Individuals with Special Needs

Labelling Hurts Individuals with Special Needs

19 February 2016

Many times we go about our day subconsciously putting labels on people whom we come across - who they are, how they look and how they behave. Many people with special needs often face such labelling when in public. Senior Early Intervention Programme (EIPIC) teacher Arnold Chua shares his thoughts on this.

Art and Rehabilitation

Art and Rehabilitation

19 February 2016

Art can be empowering and therapeutic for many, and we discovered recently that a handful of our clients under the Transition Programme for Employment (TPE) have also incorporated art in their rehabilitation journey. Here are their stories and art pieces.

Japanese Welfare Foundation Makes Work Safer and More Efficient for Sheltered Workshop Trainees

Japanese Welfare Foundation Makes Work Safer and More Efficient for Sheltered Workshop Trainees

19 February 2016

Simple modifications and improvements to a working environment can help people with disabilities develop their potential for employment. With that in mind, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Welfare Foundation generously donated $10,000 for the purchase of wheelchairs, plastic pallets, cage trolleys and storage cartons for SPD’s Sheltered Workshop to help its trainees go about their work better.

Letter on Urging More Social Workers to Join Disability Sector

Letter on Urging More Social Workers to Join Disability Sector

05 February 2016

Director for SPD’s Inclusion Advancement division, Joyce Wong, who started out as a social worker, shares in this letter published in The Straits Times Forum on 3 February the many hats that social workers in the disability sector wear while rehabilitating people with disabilities back into mainstream society.

Recognising Our Long Service Volunteers

Recognising Our Long Service Volunteers

05 February 2016

SPD’s Board members are volunteers who are professionals in their own fields and who take time off from their busy schedules to contribute their professional expertise to ensure that SPD is run in an honest, efficient and forward-thinking manner. Three of them were recently presented with the Long Service Award for Voluntary Welfare Organisation volunteers from the National Council of Social Service.

Our Kids in the Big, Big World

Our Kids in the Big, Big World

05 February 2016

Teachers from the Building Bridges EIPIC Centre organised a field trip to the supermarket to give the children a chance to apply what they had learnt in the classroom to daily activities. Accompanied by their teachers and five caregivers, the 11 students made their way to the bustling Jurong East using public transport on 28 January.

Get to Know Our SPD Youth Aspiration Award 2016 Winners

Get to Know Our SPD Youth Aspiration Award 2016 Winners

05 February 2016

The SPD Youth Aspiration Award is administered by SPD and sponsored by NatSteel Holdings Pte Ltd. The award comes with a $5,000 grant that allows youths with physical disabilities to develop their interests and talents in the areas of visual and performing arts, sports and community service. This year, four youths with disabilities were presented with the award last month at the SPD Education Awards Presentation Ceremony 2016. Let’s meet the recipients.

 

ASEAN Para Games Medallists Join Youths with Disabilities in Getting Education and Talent Development Support

ASEAN Para Games Medallists Join Youths with Disabilities in Getting Education and Talent Development Support

29 January 2016

The SPD Education Programme Awards Presentation Ceremony 2016 was held at The Chevrons on 23 January. We invited Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth as the Guest-of-Honour. She presented bursaries to 84 students and the SPD Youth Aspiration Award to four youths.

Students with Disabilities Can Do Well with Inclusive Education Network

Students with Disabilities Can Do Well with Inclusive Education Network

22 January 2016

In this letter published in Today’s Voices on 21 January 2016, SPD’s executive director Mr Abhimanyau Pal shares how inclusive education can help to realise the potential of students with disabilities, and how we can play a part in creating such an ecosystem.

 

LTA Helps SPD Clients Familiarise with the New Downtown Line

LTA Helps SPD Clients Familiarise with the New Downtown Line

22 January 2016

A group of clients and trainees from the SPD Sheltered Workshop and Employment Support Programme went on a familiarisation tour of the new Downtown Line 2 (DTL 2) that was led by staff from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on 29 December. They were introduced to the various barrier-free features of DTL2 and the major interchange stations. The initiative aimed at giving them greater confidence to commute using the public trains for social, employment and other purposes.

Celebrating Occupational Therapy

Celebrating Occupational Therapy

22 January 2016

The SPD OT Day 2016 committee came up with a series of activities to raise awareness and educate the staff on what the profession encompasses. Quizzes and poster presentations were rolled out from as early as October last year. It all culminated in a day of learning through fun activities at the various SPD centres in January 2016.

SPD Starts the Year with Motivated Staffers

SPD Starts the Year with Motivated Staffers

22 January 2016

SPD started the year on a high as close to 300 staff from all SPD’s centres gathered for a day of fellowship on 15 January. The annual Staff Day kicked off in the morning with staff from different departments working in teams to complete a series of games and tasks. A staff appreciation dinner was held that same night to recognise achievements and contributions throughout the year.

 

SPD Helping More People with Disabilities Secure Jobs

SPD Helping More People with Disabilities Secure Jobs

08 January 2016

More resources and funding provided by the Government in the last two years, along with employers being more willing and open to accept people with special needs in their workforce, has enabled SPD to help more persons with disabilities find open employment.

Support Our Upcoming Events

Support Our Upcoming Events

08 January 2016

We are looking forward to the annual SPD Charity Hongbao and our very first charity golf tournament!
A Season of Fun and Giving

A Season of Fun and Giving

08 January 2016

Everyone looks forward to the year-end celebrations and ending the year on a high note. We’ve had the privilege to do so, thanks to volunteers and partners who came up with different ways to spread the joy of the season with our clients.