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 and an APSN Centre for Adults for persons aged 18 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.
Please send all required reports/documents to:
The Admissions/Support Officer
Association for Persons with Special Needs Headquarters
900 New Upper Changi Road
*Submission by email and fax will not be accepted.
For further information or enquiries, please contact APSN at 6479 6252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applications to APSN should be made using the standardised SPED School application form and submitted to the first choice SPED School. For children whose disability profile are served by three or more schools, it is important for parents to list three choices of SPED schools which are suitable for your child’s disability profile.
The SPED School Application form has four sections. Each section can be completed separately and concurrently by the relevant parties before it is submitted to the first choice SPED school. The four sections are:
- Section I: To be completed by referring agency and parents
- Section II: To be completed by a teacher
- Section III: To be completed by a medical doctor
- Section IV: To be completed by a psychologist
When completing the form, you should also refer to Chapter 4 of an accompanying User Guide for the SPED School Application form. The application can only be processed if all required documents are received in order. Missing or inaccurate information may result in delays in processing of the application.
Additionally, where applicable, for applicants residing or had resided in a Home (e.g.. residential/children’s homes) and/or known to MSF/child protection services/Rehabilitation Officers, a social report or update from relevant professionals is required.
Applications are processed to ensure that your child’s learning needs can be best met in the school. Where necessary, APSN may contact you for additional information, or meet with you and your child, to match the suitability of your child's profile to the school.
If there is no vacancy in the first choice school, your child’s school placement in an alternative suitable school will be facilitated, taking into consideration your school choices.
For parents of children born after 1 Jan 2012, you have to fulfil your Compulsory Education obligations by enrolling your children in the first choice school, if your child was successful in getting a place, or in the alternative suitable school.
If the first choice school is found to be unsuitable for your child’s learning needs, your application will be referred to MOE’s Multi-Agency Advisory Panel (MAAP). The MAAP comprises specialists and professionals from MOE, Ministry of Health, SPED schools and National Council of Social Service, who will make a recommendation based on the educational interest of your child.
You may also contact your first choice school or referring agency if you have queries on the application.
Your first choice school will inform you of the outcome of your application. For all successful applications, you will be notified by the first choice school through a Letter of Offer for admission.
Once you have decided to accept the offer from the school, you must register your child at the school within two weeks from the day you receive the Letter of Offer to confirm the placement.
Parents and referring agencies who apply for admission to APSN Centre for Adults (CFA) should take note of the following criteria:
- The applicant is at least 16 years old at the time of referral, and will turn at least 17 years of age during the year of admission.
- The applicant has been assessed to have an IQ level of 50 – 70, with concurrent significant limitations in adaptive behaviour as expressed in conceptual, social and practical adaptive skills.
- For applicants previously not from an APSN school, the psychological assessment should not exceed two years prior to the date of referral.*
- Medical assessment should not exceed one year prior to the date of referral.*
- Hearing assessment should not exceed one year prior to the date of referral.*
- The applicant should not have another significant disability, which may affect their ability to cope within the context of APSN Centres.
- At the time of admission to APSN Centres, the applicant should possess a basic level of self-help skills (for example, independent in toileting, dressing, grooming, eating and making simple purchases).
- The medium of instruction at APSN Centres is English.
- At the time of admission, the applicant should be physically mobile and able to travel using public transportation independently.
- The applicant must not have a history of or current severe psychiatric disorders.
- The applicant must not have major disruptive behaviour, such as self-injury, suicidal threats, physical/verbal/sexual aggressiveness toward others, and stealing.
Once the applicant is assessed to be eligible for admission, the applicant will go through a 3-months trial and work assessment at the centre. Admission into the work training programme will be given to successful applicants when a vacancy arises.
* If no such reports are available, the applicant will be referred to a relevant partner for the procedure(s), and may be expected to bear the cost of the assessment (if any).
Applications are accepted throughout the year.
- Applicants who are APSN alumni (i.e. previously enrolled in an APSN schools) may apply through APSN Alumni Services.
- All other applications can be made through SG Enable’s application portal. Please approach a social worker from a touchpoint (e.g. Social Service Agency (SSA), hospital, etc.) or previous educational facility for assistance in submitting an application to SG Enable.
All applications will be received by APSN CARE (Centre Assessment and Review for Enrolment), a panel of allied professionals that:
- Acts as a one-stop point for APSN Centre admission.
- Provides information to caregivers/stakeholders on centre’s programmes, services and application procedures.
- Uses Person-Centered model to understand the client’s strengths, interests and experiences.
- Conducts holistic and targeted assessments based on centre’s training and employment/industry needs.
- Performs right-siting based on client’s suitability and potential to thrive in APSN Centres.
APSN CARE will review the documentation and arrange with applicant and caregiver for an interview if basic criteria for admission are met. During the interview, the applicant will be assessed by occupational therapist, psychologist, and instructor or job coach to determine the programme he/she is best suited for and accommodations needed to support his/her transition and learning.
Once the interview and medical report is complete, the panel will make a decision on whether to accept the applicant. Caregivers can expect to hear from APSN within a month about the outcome. Successful applicants can be enrolled at the beginning of the month following their being informed of their acceptance.