In response to the overall blueprint for the third Enabling Masterplan, APSN will outreach to more employers to enable more employment opportunities for people with special needs

Photo credit: Zaobao

Photo credit: Lianhe Zaobao

Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat announced recently in the Singapore Budget 2017 that the Government will allocate about 400 million to support measures for the disabled.  This includes the provision of support for the caregiver of the disabled and further assistance to the mentally disabled person in the workplace.

In an interview with Lianhe Zaobao, APSN President, Mr Victor Tay said that since December last year, APSN has held relevant outreach activities such as workshops to actively engage with more employers to strive for more career opportunities for its Associations’ beneficiaries. These outreach initiatives also give employers the opportunity to understand the needs of people with special needs in order to redesign their work based on their capabilities.

In appreciation of their partners, APSN Delta Senior School hosted a luncheon at the Choa Chu Kang campus with 105 students helping in the event.

The students were not only involved in food preparation but also to sell their self-made handicrafts.  The proceeds were donated to the Choa Chu Kang Community Club, Residents Committee Zone 2, in the running of community activities for needy elderly in the zone.

In addition, the school also held a sharing session, attended by 68 employers from different sectors to share their experiences in hiring people with special needs.

Ms Elisa Chng, Assistant Director of Human Resources from Mandarin Oriental, Singapore said that the hotel had started to hire people with special needs since ten years ago. There are currently seven people working full-time in various departments.

“In order to make people with special needs better integrate into the workplace, we need to redesign the job scope and let them try different work to fit their capabilities”.

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