It is important to ensure the vulnerable and disadvantaged are given opportunities to maximise their potential in order to have a truly inclusive society, said President Halimah Yacob in a Facebook post.
She had visited the Eden Centre for Adults in Clementi earlier in the day.
The centre caters to adults with moderate to severe autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and provides training and support in aspects such as adaptive living, health and fitness, community living and vocational training skills.
It also hopes to achieve quality and long-term outcomes for adults with autism and their families.
Madam Halimah, who noted that it was difficult to create a one-size-fits-all programme for each person who has autism as everyone is affected differently, said: “I am glad to see that Eden Centre has a suite of social, recreational and work-related activities that support individualised needs in an autism-friendly environment.”
During her visit, she met several people with autism in the middle of their activities.
“While the severity of their ASD means that most are unable to secure sustainable employment, I am heartened to see a few of them still take part in vocational projects, such as laser cutting and leather stitching, at their own pace,” said Madam Halimah.
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