President Halimah calls for greater support for special needs children
Student Danial Isaac Abdullah has an Instagram account full of stunning photographs, which capture the symmetry in everyday situations and architecture.
The talented 17-year-old has more than 100 posts and 300 followers on his account. He also has cerebral palsy.
For nearly 10 years, he has attended the Rainbow Centre Yishun Park School for children with special needs, where he learns art skills like perspective drawing techniques.
President Halimah Yacob met Danial and viewed his artwork when she visited the centre yesterday.
Praising the centre’s work, she said: “I hope there will be greater support for children with special needs so that they can also be part of the community instead of developing on their own.
“Research has shown that early intervention makes all the difference for children with special needs,” Madam Halimah added.
The Rainbow Centre has early intervention programmes for children aged six and below. It also provides special education for those aged seven to 18.
It has two campuses – in Yishun Park and Margaret Drive – and will open a third in Marsiling next year catering to students with autism.
The centre had 1,346 students from April last year to this March.
The President sat in on its early intervention programme classes for children aged four to six diagnosed with developmental delays. She also visited vocational workshops, observed a speech therapy session, and toured a visual art studio.
Said Madam Halimah: “This is a really wonderful concept. It’s right smack in the middle of a neighbourhood… The children get to grow up and develop in an area where there are other facilities so they’re not so separated and isolated.”
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