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More integrated and holistic support for the vulnerable, low-income, and persons with disabilities.

08 Mar 2017

Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin, at the Committee of Supply debate today (8 Mar), shared how the ministry will provide more integrated support for the vulnerable and low-income Singaporeans, and enable holistic support for persons with disabilities.

EASIER HELP FOR THOSE IN NEED

More seamless and holistic help to individuals and families: To provide better assistance to clients, two Social Service Offices (SSO) – Taman Jurong and Kreta Ayer – are currently piloting social assistance, family services, and employment services under one roof. The pilot will be extended to three more SSOs.

EARLY INTERVENTION

Expanding the Developmental Support Programme (DSP): The programme which provides learning support and therapy for children with mild developmental delays will be expanded to 50 more pre-schools this year, up from 350 pre-schools so far.

Providing targeted intervention and supporting classroom teachers: A pool of 200 preschool teachers, called Learning Support Educators (LSEds) will be trained over the next five years. LSEds will provide targeted intervention for children with mild developmental needs, and support classroom teachers in integrating these children with typically developing children in a group setting.

Facilitating timely and appropriate intervention: MSF will work with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to better train personnel in both the health and pre-school sectors to pick up signs of developmental delay in children.

SCHOOL-GOING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Compulsory Education for children with special needs: The Ministry of Education (MOE) will introduce Compulsory Education for special needs children from 2019. Children with special educational needs (SEN) who are able to benefit from formal education will be supported to access mainstream or government-funded Special Education (SPED) schools.

TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT

Extending of School-to-Work Transition Programme: The programme will be extended to more SPED schools and students including those with higher needs, who are work capable but not work ready. By 2019, the programme will be expanded from supporting about 30 students last year, to about 60 work-capable students a year.

Enhancing training availability and affordability: SG Enable (SGE) will work with training providers to enhance the availability and affordability of training. Persons with disabilities are now able to use their Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) in addition to SkillsFuture Credits to offset costs across a wider range of courses.

ADULT CARE & SUPPORTING CAREGIVERS

Developing a network of support for caregivers: The National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) will develop a network of support for caregivers, which include providing access to specialised services such as counselling or specialised training.

Adopting “Hub and Spoke” approach: A Disability Caregiver Support Centre will be established for new caregivers or caregivers of persons with disabilities (PWDs). The Centre will link caregivers to voluntary welfare organisation (VWO) service providers in their community and other resources.

More assistance in future care planning: The Special Needs Trust Company (SNTC) will provide more assistance in future care planning and trust services, and step up its outreach and engagement efforts to assist caregivers.

BUILDING COMMUNITY CAPABILITIES

More opportunities for active lifestyle: MSF will work with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) to provide more opportunities for PwDs to participate in sports, cultural, community and youth activities.

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