Singapore Budget 2017: Integrating disabled into workforce and supporting caregivers focus of new Govt masterplan
SINGAPORE – The Government will focus on integrating persons with disabilities into the workforce and helping caregivers under its third Enabling Masterplan – a five-year national plan for supporting the group.
While the two previous plans focused on increasing support in a range of areas like early intervention and education, employment, care services, assistive technologies and accessibility, the new plan will take a three-pronged approach towards taking care of the disabled: Employment support, caregiver support and an increase of spending on initiatives to support those with disabilities.
All in, the Government will spend about $400 million per year on initiatives supporting people with disabilities, and an additional $160 million in the next five years on mental health issues, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced in his Budget on Monday (Feb 20).
Currently, higher-functioning graduands from Special Education schools are matched to special training programmes as part of job preparation.
Under the additional employment support, these training programmes will be made available not only to those with mild intellectual disability and autism, but also those with moderate intellectual and multiple disabilities.
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