Category Archives: Articles & Journals

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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Articles & JournalsTowards an inclusive workplace

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Mr Justin Chua is a bright young man who holds a diploma, but he could not get a permanent job. It was not because the 27-year-old did not try his best. Mr Chua, who has autism, could not cope with the demands at work and did not know how to clarify expectations with his employer. […]

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Articles & JournalsSingapore Budget 2017: Integrating disabled into workforce and supporting caregivers focus of new Govt masterplan

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SINGAPORE – The Government will focus on integrating persons with disabilities into the workforce and helping caregivers under its third Enabling Masterplan – a five-year national plan for supporting the group. While the two previous plans focused on increasing support in a range of areas like early intervention and education, employment, care services, assistive technologies […]

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Articles & JournalsIt Changed My Life: Chum to her son, champ for the autistic

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//Mrs Leong Geok Hoon, 60, Founder of Adelaide Harvests, with her son, Mr Leong Keat Mun, 24, Undergraduate, at home on Feb 10, 2017. He is holding an acrylic painting, titled "La Gioconda come una Leonessa - Laboratorio di Fotographia" that he painted.
//For It Changed My Life series. When her youngest son was diagnosed as autistic, Tan Geok Hoon, a former high flying banker, started raising awareness about the condition including helping to found the Autism Resource Centre. She recently started an online business selling artisanal Aussie products while her autistic son completes his product design degree in Australia.
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For nearly three decades, Mrs Leong Geok Hoon led the frenetic life of a corporate high-flyer in banking and application management. But two years ago, she pulled the brakes on her successful and lucrative career to be with her son while he studies for a degree in product design at the University of South Australia […]

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Articles & Journals8-year-old boy with autism finally gets to go to school

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Usually he plays nursery rhymes on YouTube, or the theme song to SpongeBob SquarePants. But in the past week, Aqil Nabil Maulid has been putting Majulah Singapura on repeat. The national anthem, sung every day by children in schools here, was new and exciting to Nabil, who started school only on Jan 16 despite being […]

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Articles & JournalsBoy with autism found after three-hour search

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Ms Brenda Tan let her son out of her sight – and in a few seconds he was nowhere to be found near their Hougang home. It took a nail-biting three hours or so before she received a call and learnt the boy, who has autism, had been found – at Changi Airport. Last Friday, […]

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Articles & JournalsLife after graduation: Special education students at work

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SINGAPORE: “Faiz, can you pack all these things into a box and seal it?” asked Mark Maranan, lead cook at the central kitchen of restaurant chain Han’s central kitchen. Faiz Muhsin nodded. “One, two, three…,” the 20-year-old started counting while packing the items. The task may seem easy to most people, but for Faiz, who has a […]

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Articles & JournalsNUS Bizad Charity Run 2017 Raises Over $140,000

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Organised by the NUS Business School Alumni Association (NUSBSA) and NUS Bizad Club, the annual NUS Bizad Charity Run 2017 attracted more than 1,400 participants and raised more than S$140,000 for financially disadvantaged NUS Business School undergraduates and the Autism Resource Centre (ARC), a not-for-profit charity, last Saturday, 14 January 2017. The event was graced […]

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