THE SOCIAL PROBLEM
The estimated 95 per cent unemployment rate of PWDs is many times over the 2 per cent unemployment rate of the general population. However, the bigger issue is whether the disabled has a place in our economy, schools and community. The Singagore Government is bringing more inclusivity toward bringing inclusivity in employment. One outcome of this is Singapore’s signing of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2013. As a part of Civil Society, Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) is doing its bit in helping making this conventions a reality for the nation.
ABOUT THE INITIATIVE
Established in 1976, Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) is a Social Service Organisation providing special education for persons with Mild Intellectual Disability (IQ 50-70). APSNs mission is to enable people with special needs to be active contributors of society, while structurally building in inclusivity.
Today, APSN operates four Special Education (SPED) Schools (APSN Chaoyang School, APSN Katong School, APSN Tanglin School and APSN Delta Senior School) for students aged 7 to 21, an APSN Student Care Centre for children aged 7 to 18 and an APSN Centre for Adults for persons aged 16 and older, benefiting over 1,200 beneficiaries each year.
The APSN Schools and Centre adopt a holistic approach in its curriculum, comprising academic, vocational and social skills, which are important for open employment and lifelong learning. APSN seeks to enable persons with special needs to be active contributors of the society and is committed to inspire and build capabilities of its partners and community to lead and advocate an inclusive society.
To date, APSN’s growing database has more than 5,000 beneficiaries, comprising students, trainees and alumni. The Association is constantly expanding its network to reach out to and understand the needs of its members to better support them.
We added in a tiny bit of support as some of our friends engaged with and volunteered towards being a support group for some of the beneficiaries of APSN
Website : https://www.apsn.org.sg/