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2017 Updates

SPD@Bedok Holds Its First EIPIC Parent Support Group

SPD@Bedok Holds Its First EIPIC Parent Support Group

07 July 2017

SPD@Bedok conducted its first EIPIC Parent Support Group (PSG) in April this year. Facilitated by senior social worker Junaidah Binte Baharawi and assisted by social work assistant Michelle Tham, six caregivers signed up for the five-session programme packed with practical strategies and hands-on activities aimed at stimulating caregivers’ interest and enhancing their awareness in self-care.

Come Walk with Us!

Come Walk with Us!

07 July 2017

The SPD Ability Walk is back at a new location! SPD's second walk is once again organised to raise funds to provide programmes and services that enable and empower people with disabilities to be independent and self-reliant. These include therapy, vocational skills training, assistive technology, early intervention, day care and employment, educational and social support.

Handwriting Workshop for Caregivers

Handwriting Workshop for Caregivers

07 July 2017

The Building Bridges EIPIC Centre in Tiong Bahru ran a half-day handwriting workshop for 15 parents and caregivers on 5 June. Led by SPD’s occupational therapist, Rosa Devaney, the workshop “What Can I Do to Help My Child Write Better” aimed to help parents and caregivers understand the building blocks of handwriting and teaching strategies that could promote handwriting readiness.

Engineering Good Trains EIPIC Staff in Toys and Switch Modification

Engineering Good Trains EIPIC Staff in Toys and Switch Modification

23 June 2017

Volunteers from Engineering Good, a local non-profit organisation (NPO) that seeks to empower disadvantaged communities through humanitarian engineering, conducted a three-hour toy hacking workshop at SPD Ability Centre for a volunteer and 10 of our Building Bridges EIPIC Centre staff from SPD Ability Centre, SPD@Tampines and SPD@Jurong.

Assistive Technology at the Forefront

Assistive Technology at the Forefront

23 June 2017

Diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy (SQCP), Mohd Sayfullah, 14, has moderate uncontrollable upper limb movements, making writing difficult. Apart from that, Sayfullah also has difficulties communicating effectively. The introduction of assistive technology (AT) has positively impacted him and his family.

5 Benefits of Walking!

5 Benefits of Walking!

23 June 2017

Walking is an activity most of us do on a daily basis. It is not the hardest exercise to do, and boasts certain health-enhancing gains that we may not have known or even heard of. Here are some benefits of walking that will hopefully get you up from your sofa and headed out for a stroll!

A Father's Day Special: Our Daddies

A Father's Day Special: Our Daddies

09 June 2017

Many of us have personal experiences and fond memories created together with our fathers, which we hold close to our hearts. In this special Father’s Day edition, our clients and staff speak of their fathers and how much of an impact they have made in their lives.

EIPIC Transition Planning for Parents

EIPIC Transition Planning for Parents

09 June 2017

Children who successfully complete the Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) at the end of the year will transit into the next phase of their education, be it in mainstream or special schools. EIPIC centres play an important role in assisting parents to make informed post-EIPIC decisions for their children, and at the same time, providing support and ensuring a smooth transition for the children.

Holiday Fun and Games at Building Bridges EIPIC Centre

Holiday Fun and Games at Building Bridges EIPIC Centre

09 June 2017

The Building Bridges EIPIC Centre located at SPD’s headquarters at Tiong Bahru kicked off the school holidays with a morning of fun and games for our children and their families on Saturday, 27 May. The event was put together by volunteers from the Singapore Management University’s (SMU) BenTre Team and our planning committee. It gave our clients the opportunity to have fun while bonding with their families.

Jeffrey Chin: A tribute to a dear friend and colleague

Jeffrey Chin: A tribute to a dear friend and colleague

31 May 2017

We are profoundly saddened by the sudden demise of Jeffrey Chin, a member of SPD’s senior management team. Jeffrey passed away peacefully on 30 May. Jeffrey brought with him valuable sector knowledge and a passion to better the lives of people with disabilities when he joined SPD on 6 February 2012 as Assistant Director of Rehabilitation Services. He was a bright spark who shone brightly in his role and was quickly promoted to Senior Assistant Director in July 2013, and to Deputy Director of Adults and Elderly Services in July 2015.

Strategies to Cope with Caregiver Stress

Strategies to Cope with Caregiver Stress

26 May 2017

Clemaus Lim, senior manager of the Community & Social Service Department which runs the Specialised Case Management Programme (SCMP), sheds light on the stress that caregivers feel resulting from taking care of their charges, and strategies that can help them cope better.

Breaking Barriers to a Productive Life

Breaking Barriers to a Productive Life

26 May 2017

The SPD Sheltered Workshop is a supervised environment filled with optimism and community spirit. May Chan and many other persons with disabilities receive training and achieve some measure of self-reliance engaging in contract work secured from commercial organisations, while at the same time contributing to the society in small but important ways. We look into the work provided at the Sheltered Workshop.

In Conversation with Senior Trainer, Lim Yee Ming

In Conversation with Senior Trainer, Lim Yee Ming

26 May 2017

Over a morning chat, senior advocacy analyst Poh Sho Siam spoke to our senior trainer, Lim Yee Ming, who shared his passion for his job, looking back at the 10 years he spent helping to enable people with disabilities in SPD.

Letter on Being Caught in a Catch-22 Situation as Charities Try to Improve Governance

Letter on Being Caught in a Catch-22 Situation as Charities Try to Improve Governance

12 May 2017

Voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) are working to build strong systems and processes to improve governance practices. However, there are some challenges VWOs face in this area. Abhimanyau Pal, executive director of SPD, writes about the obstacles encountered by VWOs in the journey to fortify governance practices in the organisations.

A Mother’s Heart: Mdm Doris Lai

A Mother’s Heart: Mdm Doris Lai

12 May 2017

As Mother's Day inches closer, we sat down for a chat with Mdm Doris Lai, a wheelchair-user and single mother of a teenaged girl who has a profound hearing problem. We got to hear the loving and supportive mother’s story - how life changed for them after an accident, and how she persevered and emerged as a strong parent for her child.

In Conversation with Occupational Therapist, Dawn Ching

In Conversation with Occupational Therapist, Dawn Ching

12 May 2017

The job scope of an occupational therapist ranges from enhancing physical and psychological functions and facilitating independent living to improving the lives of people with disabilities (PWD) or special needs. Under the SPD Therapy Hub arrangement, Dawn Ching supports SASCO DACE, a dementia daycare centre catering to the elderly with cognitive impairments. We speak to Dawn on her responsibilities as an occupational therapist and what motivates and spurs her on in her work.

Alternatives to Screen Time for Children

Alternatives to Screen Time for Children

28 April 2017

Parents handing over their mobile devices to their children to keep them quiet or occupied is a common sight these days. However, excessive use of this method for short-term peace and quiet may have long-term adverse effects on children. SPD@Tampines senior occupational therapist Pow Weiting shares other ways to keep children occupied, sans the use of modern technology.

Celebrating Every Truimph Together – Gan Boon Leong

Celebrating Every Truimph Together – Gan Boon Leong

28 April 2017

Many would agree that 45 years is a long time to be working in an organisation. Mr Gan Boon Leong, 68, a master craftsman at SPD’s Sheltered Workshop, received his long service award for 45 years of service in SPD this year. Senior advocacy analyst Poh Sho Siam finds out more from our veteran.

Second SPD Charity Golf Raises $300,000 for People with Disabilities

Second SPD Charity Golf Raises $300,000 for People with Disabilities

28 April 2017

SPD turned half of the 18-hole golf course at Raffles Country Club into an interesting obstacle course for 112 golfers who turned up to support our second charity golf tournament on 21 April. A total of $300,000 was raised with the strong support of the business community and volunteers, including Emeritus Senior Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong who graced the event as our Guest-of-Honour. 

SPD Onward with Vision 2020

SPD Onward with Vision 2020

13 April 2017

SPD’s executive director Mr Abhimanyau Pal kicked off this year’s Organisation Excellence Day at the MDIS campus auditorium on 31 March by sharing SPD’s journey over the past one year and launching Vision 2020 which will guide us in our client-centric approach and creating sustainable resources.

Thanks to All Supporters for Making the SPD Flag Day 2017 a Success!

Thanks to All Supporters for Making the SPD Flag Day 2017 a Success!

13 April 2017

The wet and gloomy weather last Saturday (8 April) may have discouraged many from stepping out of their homes. However, it did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the 1,000 SPD Flag Day 2017 fundraisers who went on an island-wide street collection in aid of people with disabilities.

MOLLY Goes to SPD@Jurong!

MOLLY Goes to SPD@Jurong!

13 April 2017

SPD@Jurong, which offers the Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC), collaborated with the National Library Board to bring mobile library bus MOLLY to the centre so that our children can enjoy an immersive library experience.

Screen Time and Children

Screen Time and Children

13 April 2017

As digital technologies increasingly become tools that we use at work and home, children inevitably seek to emulate this usage. Although technology has educational and other benefits for children, how much exposure to technology is considered healthy? SPD@Tampines senior occupational therapist Pow Weiting shares her insights.

 

SPD Charity Show 2017 Showcases Abilities of Persons with Disabilities

SPD Charity Show 2017 Showcases Abilities of Persons with Disabilities

30 March 2017

Close to 20 SPD beneficiaries performed alongside more than 30 popular local and foreign artistes to raise $4.13 million at the SPD Charity Show 2017 on 19 March. The show, held at Mediacorp’s new theatre, was graced by Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen. We bring you some photos of that evening.

Caregivers Loosen Up on Wellness Day

Caregivers Loosen Up on Wellness Day

30 March 2017

Create, Express, Relax - these words were central to the theme for this year’s Caregivers’ Wellness Day organised by SPD’s Community and Social Service Department (CSSD). Held at the SPD Ability Centre on 17 March, the event provided an opportunity for caregivers to unwind, make new friends, and enjoy an afternoon of fun and rest.

SPD Launches Training and Mentorship Programme for Youths with Disabilities

SPD Launches Training and Mentorship Programme for Youths with Disabilities

30 March 2017

More than 50 social entrepreneurs, corporate philanthropy partners and youth leaders gathered at the Red Box on 18 March to discuss the topic of giving back to the community. Themed “Moving Forward by Giving Back”, the dialogue kicked-off SPD’s newest initiative – the SPD Youth Development Programme (YDP). The speakers consisted of SPD President and Nominated Member of Parliament Ms Chia Yong Yong, Ms Debra Lim, co-founder of social enterprise Society Staples, and Mr Chia Boon Chong, Director, Corporate Sustainability, SingTel. The discussion was moderated by social entrepreneur Ms Phua Hui Jia, founder of Skillseed.

SPD Brought the Community Together to Know More about Disabilities

SPD Brought the Community Together to Know More about Disabilities

17 March 2017

The rain in the morning of 4 March did little to dampen the spirits of close to 900 visitors and volunteers who gathered for the SPD Open House at the SPD Ability Centre on Peng Nguan Street. The event was organised with the aims of fostering greater understanding and acceptance of persons with disabilities in the community.

Music Therapy for People with Disabilities

Music Therapy for People with Disabilities

17 March 2017

Our clients at the Day Activity Centre always enjoy themselves at the regular music sessions conducted by volunteers from VocalHeart. SPD physiotherapist Lee En Ting shares in this article how music therapy can be beneficial for people with disabilities.

Celebrating Every Triumph Together - Kane Chan En Ci

Celebrating Every Triumph Together - Kane Chan En Ci

17 March 2017

When 6-year-old Kane enrolled in SPD’s Development Support Programme (DSP) last year, he was having difficulties coping in his kindergarten. Kane’s teacher had concerns over his lack of interest in learning and his inattentiveness in class, which could possibly be because of his poor English leading to difficulties following in class.

SPD@Bedok and SPD@Tampines Open Doors to the Community

SPD@Bedok and SPD@Tampines Open Doors to the Community

03 March 2017

SPD's new EIPIC centres organised open houses over two weekends - SPD@Tampines on 11 February and SPD@Bedok on 18 February - to allow residents living in the neighbourhood to have a better understanding of what we do and who we support.

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Teo Peng Peng

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Teo Peng Peng

03 March 2017

Mr Teo Peng Peng, 48, is deaf and lost his left leg in a car accident 16 years ago. Over an afternoon chat, Peng Peng shared more of his story with us, which is recounted here by SPD’s senior advocacy analyst Poh Sho Siam.

Chefs to Whip Up Delectable Cuisines to Encourage Donations at SPD Charity Show 2017

Chefs to Whip Up Delectable Cuisines to Encourage Donations at SPD Charity Show 2017

03 March 2017

Outdoor cooking will make its debut in a televised charity show in the SPD Charity Show 2017 《SPD 真情无障爱》. The artistes and segments to the upcoming SPD’s sixth televised charity show since 2007 were introduced in a media conference held at the SPD Ability Centre on 27 February. In the event, it was revealed that Singapore’s celebrity chefs Eric Teo, Heman Tan, Charlie Tham and Pung Lu Tin would be displaying their cooking prowess in order to raise funds for people with disabilities.

SPD’s Roving Exhibition Captures Inclusion around Singapore

SPD’s Roving Exhibition Captures Inclusion around Singapore

17 February 2017

The SPD “Let’s Focus on Inclusion!” photo contest was held from September to December last year. Singaporeans were encouraged to whip out their smartphones or cameras to capture moments of inclusion. The winning photos are now roving different parts of Singapore to spread the message of inclusion of people with disabiliites.

“Breaking Barriers” Campaign to Change Mindsets Regarding Disability

“Breaking Barriers” Campaign to Change Mindsets Regarding Disability

17 February 2017

Environmental, attitudinal and institutional barriers often inhibit persons with disabilities and keep them from stepping out into the community to do the things that they like, and be where they want to be. With that in mind, SPD initiated the “Breaking Barriers” campaign to remove these barriers to inclusion.

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Josiah Ong – Growing Up with Tourette’s Syndrome

Celebrating Life’s Every Triumph Together – Josiah Ong – Growing Up with Tourette’s Syndrome

17 February 2017

Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation scholar Josiah Ong shares how his tics started, his challenges growing up with Tourette’s Syndrome and how he is proud to say he is living with his disability today.

Visit Us at Our Upcoming Open House in March

Visit Us at Our Upcoming Open House in March

03 February 2017

SPD will be embarking on a 10-week public education campaign starting from early February 2017. Through this campaign, we hope to increase disability awareness, empathy and greater support for persons with disabilities with meaningful and fun-filled activities.

SPD Celebrates Occupational Therapy Day 2017

SPD Celebrates Occupational Therapy Day 2017

03 February 2017

In the tradition of celebrating the annual Occupational Therapy (OT) Day at SPD, our occupational therapists organised games and activities that challenged the motor and cognitive skills of staff and clients.

Little Lions Usher in the New Year

Little Lions Usher in the New Year

03 February 2017

Children from the Building Bridges EIPIC Centre at the SPD Ability Centre spread Chinese New Year cheer to the staff and clients at the Sheltered Workshop and the Day Activity Centre (DAC) on 25 and 26 January. With their teachers and caregivers in tow, the little ones put on a rousing lion dance routine to the delight of the audience.

SPD Gives Back

SPD Gives Back

03 February 2017

In the last quarter of 2016, staff across the organisation took time to help out at other voluntary welfare organisations as part of our corporate social responsibility programme. In its second year, our staff were given one day to carry out their voluntary duties and carrying forward the goodwill that we have from the community.

Meet Our SPD Youth Aspiration Award 2017 Recipients

Meet Our SPD Youth Aspiration Award 2017 Recipients

20 January 2017

Administered by SPD and sponsored by NatSteel Holdings, the SPD Youth Aspiration Award provides a $5,000 grant that allows youths with disabilities to develop their interests and talents in the areas of visual and performing arts, sports and community service.

NatSteel-SPD Education Progamme Bursary Brings Youth Closer to His Dreams

NatSteel-SPD Education Progamme Bursary Brings Youth Closer to His Dreams

20 January 2017

Jagdish Singh, 16, is no stranger to the SPD Education Programme Bursary Awards, this year being the seventh consecutive year that he is receiving it. The bursary programme has opened up new opportunities for him over the years and is helping him to work towards realising his dreams.

SPD Education Programme Extends Its Support to Students with Sensory Disabilities

SPD Education Programme Extends Its Support to Students with Sensory Disabilities

20 January 2017

More than 30 years after the SPD Education Programme (EP) was launched to support students with physical disabilities from low-income families in mainstream schools, it now extends its support to students with sensory disabilities in similar underprivileged situations.

Benefits of Exercise for People with Dementia

Benefits of Exercise for People with Dementia

20 January 2017

About 10 per cent of people aged 65 and over has dementia. SPD physiotherapist Gerda de Jong shares in this article how exercise can have a positive impact on the well-being of people with dementia.

Singapore Ranked 28th in the World in Giving

Singapore Ranked 28th in the World in Giving

20 January 2017

Since 2010, the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) in the United Kingdom has been publishing the World Giving Index Report annually, providing insights to global giving behaviour. SPD advocacy senior analyst Ms Poh Sho Siam gives an overview in this article of how Singapore has fared as compared to other countries in the world.

Letter on Needing More Public Education to Make People with Disabilities and their Caregivers Feel Welcome

Letter on Needing More Public Education to Make People with Disabilities and their Caregivers Feel Welcome

06 January 2017

Even as Singapore progresses towards being a more inclusive society by making its physical assets, such as public transport and infrastructure, more accessible for people with special needs, communication and psychosocial barriers to inclusion still exist as the general public may be apprehensive about interacting with persons who look or act differently. SPD executive director Mr Abhimanyau Pal shares on how public education is necessary to gradually change this lack of social consciousness and empathy towards persons with special needs in a letter published in Today’s Voices on 28 December 2016.

In Conversation with Speech Therapist Valerene Tan

In Conversation with Speech Therapist Valerene Tan

06 January 2017

Speech therapists are a rare breed in Singapore. Even with an increased demand for speech therapy services across different settings in Singapore, it is heartening to know that working in the social service sector is still the top choice for some of them. Dawn Wee, SPD’s Programme Head for Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) and Continuing Therapy Programme (CTP), had a chat with Valerene Tan, speech therapist with the Building Bridges EIPIC Centre, and got to hear her motivations for joining and staying in the sector.

Graduation Parties 2016

Graduation Parties 2016

06 January 2017

Take a look at the graduation ceremony and performances as we celebrated the achievements of the children enrolled in our Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC), as well as clients in our Day Activity Centre.