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Articles & JournalsMore than 70 companies, individuals recognised for efforts in supporting employees with disabilities

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SINGAPORE — Instead of the usual one-week training he conducts for new employees, environmental services department supervisor Davis Chew spends about three weeks helping new staff with disabilities at Yishun Community Hospital (YCH) to learn the ropes.   However, he does not just provide them with reading materials and verbal instructions, like for other staff. […]

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Articles & Journals‘I’m not bad, I’m not ill, I’m autistic’: Woman’s relief on being finally diagnosed at 42

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Loud noises and bright lights terrified her, school gave her meltdowns. For years Dawn-joy Leong didn’t know why, until she found out she had Asperger’s Syndrome, she tells On the Red Dot. SINGAPORE: For over 40 years, Dr Dawn-joy Leong struggled to come to terms with some of her eccentricities and social awkwardness. She had […]

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Articles & JournalsSpecial-needs musicians to perform

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For the first time ever, this year’s National Day Parade (NDP) will feature musicians with different types of disabilities performing together, to promote a caring spirit and to highlight the message of inclusivity. The Purple Symphony – Singapore’s largest disability-inclusive orchestra, which includes a choir – will have 24 of its 90 members perform We […]

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Articles & JournalsIt Changed My Life: Pre-school principal Lena Koh makes inclusive learning her mission

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Little Khloe Gan is merrily ambling towards the childcare centre’s play area when Madam Lena Koh stops the tyke in her tracks. “Khloe, have you finished your snack? Can you put your bowl in the pail, please?” coos the principal of Kindle Garden. The child dutifully does as told, earning a beaming smile from Madam […]

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Articles & JournalsFathers with special needs kids share their joys and pains

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These special dads shared this at a Father’s Day dialogue with Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin yesterday. There were 15 dads, 11 with special needs children, at a dialogue organised by Dads For Life and Mediacorp, with support from the National Population and Talent Division and the Ministry of Social and Family […]

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Articles & JournalsSparking creativity through our differences

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It is the school holidays and, at the Enabling Village in Lengkok Bahru, groups of children at an art camp are learning that it is not a bad thing to be different. Children who might normally disrupt a classroom with loud questions or noises are so curious about group members in wheelchairs that they calm […]

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Articles & JournalsAre fidget spinners dangerous?

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What are fidget spinners? Fidget spinners started gaining popularity in March this year, and can be bought anywhere from pasar malams to department stores. They range in price from $2 to $20, with many costing much more, and they largely follow the same three-pronged design. They’re made to spin easily in place with a light […]

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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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