President Halimah Yacob calls for more support for children with special needs
SINGAPORE – 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 on Wednesday (Oct 4).
Praising the centre’s work, Madam Halimah 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,” she added.
The President was shown its early intervention programme classes for children aged four to six diagnosed with developmental delays. She also visited vocational workshops that prepare students for jobs, observed a speech therapy session, and toured its 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.”
The centre’s staff also visit homes to introduce programmes for very young children from birth. Madam Halimah hailed this as an example of being inclusive, by providing support to children with special needs.
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