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Articles & JournalsDads share the challenges they face in parenting

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From the high cost of raising a child with special needs, to missing out on a child’s milestones because the family has a maid rearing the children, 15 fathers shared the challenges they faced in parenthood at a dialogue yesterday. It was chaired by Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin and held alongside […]

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Articles & JournalsMore support needed for adults with special needs: Denise Phua

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SINGAPORE – Support and services for people with special needs have been focused on children and teens in the last decade, but more support is needed to help special needs adults, said Ms Denise Phua, president of the Autism Resource Centre (ARC).   Speaking on the sidelines of the Autism Congress on Tuesday (May 30), […]

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Articles & JournalsStudents’ Raffles postcard designs to help charity

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Nur Hamzah M. Mohammad Sahak, 18, said: “She believed me only when I showed her the official letter.” He won $500 while his classmates, Faith Leticia Ng Yen Bing, 19, and Matthew Lee Ban Hock, 18, who tied for second place, received $300 each. Faith didn’t even know that there was prize money. She said: […]

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Articles & Journals3 special ed schools to take in 75 more kids in total annually

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Three special education schools that offer programmes for children with moderate to severe autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will be expanding to take in 75 more students in total each year. The expansion, which will start from the second half of this year, aims to cater to the increased demand for such programmes in government-funded special […]

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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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