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Articles & JournalsSmart Nation push should help special needs students

President Halimah Yacob said this should be done as part of the country’s Smart Nation push, a national effort to support better living using technology. She was speaking during a community engagement visit yesterday to Metta School, which caters to students from the ages of seven to 21 who have autism and mild intellectual disabilities. […]

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Articles & JournalsS’porean woman, 26, grew up embarrassed of her 2 brothers with autism. Her company now champions them.

You might assume that having grown up in a family with two brothers on the autism spectrum, Debra Lam would be predisposed to championing causes involving people with disabilities (PWDs). For the 26-year-old, that wasn’t the case. In fact, throughout much of her adolescence, Lam admits she wasn’t too fond of her elder and younger […]

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Articles & JournalsDuke-NUS study finds possible link between autism and antidepressant use during pregnancy

SINGAPORE — A team of scientists led by Duke-NUS Medical School has found a potential link between autism and a commonly prescribed antidepressant — but also a possible treatment. The team of researchers from Singapore and South Korea found that mice that had been exposed to the antidepressant fluoxetine in the womb behaved differently, compared with […]

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Articles & JournalsTrump tells Americans: Go get your measles vaccination

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday urged Americans to protect themselves with the measles vaccination as the number of cases of the once-eradicated disease in the United States hit the highest levels since 2000. The growing outbreak in pockets across the country has triggered multiple public health efforts seeking to limit exposure to measles, […]

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Articles & JournalsHope, worry & sacrifice: S’porean parents share what it’s like to bring up a child with autism

Trips to the shopping malls used to be a chore for 7-year-old Nabil Rifqi’s family. Whenever they went to one, Nabil would break away from his family and begin to either run around aimlessly, wail, roll around the floor, or a combination of all three. To defuse the situation as quickly as possible, his parents […]

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Articles & Journals3 myths about autism dispelled by new movie, Guang

An estimated one per cent of Singapore’s population are affected by autism. Doesn’t sound like much? Considering Singapore’s population is over 5 million, that would mean our country has at least 50,000 individuals with autism – with an estimated 200 new cases diagnosed annually. Despite the considerable numbers, and the fact that the prevalence of […]

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Articles & JournalsArtwork such as handpainted handheld fans by students from the autism-centred Pathlight School will also be sold in a vending machine

SINGAPORE — Be prepared to spend even before you get to the various attractions on Sentosa Island: Chilli crab, sun-block lotion, books and even a drone are now on sale in vending machines installed along the Sentosa Boardwalk. These are all part of a new innovative retail experience to get more people to use the […]

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Articles & JournalsParliament: MOE committed to special needs education but workplaces should also be inclusive, says Indranee

SINGAPORE – Schools here are already committed to ensuring that children with special needs get a full education but the government can only do so much, said Second Minister for Education Indranee Rajah on Monday (March 4). Society and employers also need to be inclusive, she explained. She was responding to questions from four MPs […]

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Articles & JournalsHow S’pore supports special needs students in mainstream & special schools

Students with special needs often find it hard to thrive in Singapore’s education system. And during the Ministry of Education’s Committee of Supply debate, Second Minister for Education Indranee Rajah focused on this topic in her speech on Monday, March 4. Compulsory education for students with special education needs According to Indranee, students with moderate […]

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Articles & JournalsGive those with autism chance to serve NS

Many autistic individuals are not given the opportunity to serve national service, even in non-combat vocations (NS vital as new threats emerge: President; Dec 16, 2018). When they seek employment later in life, their exemption from NS raises red flags among potential employers and severely compromises their ability to secure employment. Autistic individuals who possess […]

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