Tech, tools to assist differently-abled in Singapore
Many Singapore companies are still reluctant to hire persons with disabilities (PwDs). To help them overcome this, the Singapore government – working through SG Enable – provides technical and funding support to encourage the hiring of people with special needs.
Established in 2013, SG Enable is an agency that works to enable people with special needs by enhancing their employability and employment options.
A group of Asean journalists was in Singapore recently to observe the available assistance schemes and tools to help disabled people in their workplace and their transition to work.
Showcased was the hands-free technology at MRT stations, which makes it easier for those with disabilities to enter and exit the station. This technology has come as a boon to those in wheelchairs.
Set up by the Ministry of Social and Family Development, SG Enable is dedicated to building an inclusive society. It seeks to provide comprehensive support to PwDs across different life stages.
Its vision is Inclusive Society, Enabled Lives, while its missions are to empower people with disabilities and their caregivers via timely access to information and referral services, grants and support; enhance employment and employability options for persons with disabilities; engage the family, community, stakeholders and public in enabling people with special needs as integral members of society.
SG Enable performs three primary roles. Firstly, its supports disabled people and their caregivers through information and advisory services, and support for the use of assistive technology. Secondly, it helps them enhance their skills and employment prospects, working closely with both jobseekers and employers.
It works in partnership with voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs), special education schools, institutes of higher learning and hospitals (for those with acquired disabilities). Some of its services include training and assessments, internships, job referrals, coaching, and workplace redesign.
Thirdly, SG Enable seeks to engage the wider community in its initiatives to bring about better understanding and wider inclusion of people with disabilities within the society. It works with many VWOs, mainstream community organisations and corporates.
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