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Articles & Journals3 special education schools to expand to take in more students with autism

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There will soon be more places available in special education (SPED) schools for children with moderate to severe Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Three Government-funded SPED schools – Autism Association Singapore’s Eden School, AWWA School and Rainbow Centre – will each be opening one additional campus from the second half of this year, announced the Ministry of […]

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Articles & JournalsHealth inequalities among challenges facing people with special needs

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SINGAPORE — When Mdm Jothi Marimuthu’s son, who has special needs, suffered a hairline crack on his left leg two years ago, the doctor at the accident and emergency department tried to explain his medical condition to the 22-year-old man. Kiran Raj S Vanu has global developmental delay, an intellectual disability due to epilepsy. “(But) […]

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Articles & JournalsSpecial support at work

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Mr Toh Kai Min, 26, enjoys his job. He finds his colleagues helpful and hardworking, and even calls them his brothers and sisters. He checks and updates clients’ applications and scans documents, among other duties, at the UOB Scan Hub, where he works. Mr Toh, who graduated with a National ITE certificate (Nitec) in electronics […]

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Articles & JournalsAdults find out they’re autistic

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For most of her life, Dr Dawn-joy Leong, 51, has been viewed as an oddball. She could fold origami at three years old and composed a musical play at the age of nine. But while obviously intelligent, she was labelled difficult and spoilt when she had what were perceived as tantrums and could not be […]

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Articles & JournalsAutistic people are sharper at processing information

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A group of friends are sitting in the garden chatting – but only one of them hears the ice-cream van in the distance. That person is autistic. He is also able to hear the buzzing of electricity in the walls and, sometimes, finds it overwhelming to be in a very noisy environment. Our most recent […]

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Articles & JournalsNo rest for mum of adult son with autism

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The youngest of her three children, Ivan, 27, has severe autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He is non-verbal and requires constant supervision. While Ivan sees a psychiatrist at the Institute of Mental Health every three months, Madam Lim shares her experiences with parents of similar children in a caregiver group. Her contributions to the […]

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Articles & JournalsStepped-up bid to spot developmental delays

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Doctors in neighbourhood polyclinics and pre-school teachers will be trained to spot and screen children who are not reaching their developmental milestones, so the children can get help earlier. In the next few years, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) will work with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to form a network of […]

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Articles & JournalsSesame Street to tackle autism with new muppet

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WASHINGTON: Sesame Street has often experimented with new ways of teaching children about social issues as well as their ABCs since its launch nearly 50 years ago. Now it’s taking on a new challenge: Autism. The groundbreaking public television children’s program is introducing a new character, a muppet named Julia who has autism, the show’s […]

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Articles & JournalsCleaner with autism makes mum proud

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When her son was diagnosed with autism at age two, Madam Lin Bi Zhi, 52, cried every day at first. She did not know what to do, or what future her son would have. But today, she watches proudly as Mr Goh Wei Han, 19, prepares himself every morning for his work as a facility […]

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Articles & JournalsA quieter experience for autistic shoppers

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Shopping is stressful and overwhelming for some people with autism as they can be hypersensitive to the lights and sounds in stores. To make shopping environments more conducive for them, a group of volunteers is working with stores to institute a “quiet hour” before or at the start of operations. During this hour, store lights […]

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