An annual forum spearheaded by NCSS for the Social Service Sector was held at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre last week was attended by 600 leaders and partners from the private and public sector. The motivation for the event was to ensure that the Social Service remains relevant and is prepared for future challenges ahead so that it can make a sustained and collective impact on the lives of their beneficiaries. The forum was to identify the challenges, opportunities and build a shared vision and roadmap for the next 5 years. Innovation was highlighted as the key for the Social Service Sector Strategic Thrusts (4ST) road map which was revealed at the Social Service Summit. Mr Victor Tay, APSN President was quoted in TODAY’s paper on developing a more effective collaborative system.
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). 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 alumni members. The Association is constantly expanding its network to reach out to and understand the needs of its members to better support them.