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APSN

Established in 1976, Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) is a social service agency 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 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.

Get In Touch

Email: hq@apsn.org.sg
Phone: 65 6479 6252
Address: 900 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 467354

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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 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.

Admission to APSN Schools

Please send all required reports/documents to:

The Admissions/Support Officer
Association for Persons with Special Needs Headquarters
900 New Upper Changi Road
Singapore 467354

*Submission by email and fax will not be accepted

For further information or enquiries, please contact APSN at 6479 6252 or hq_ar@apsn.org.sg

Parents and referring agencies who apply for admission to the APSN Schools should note the criteria provided in the “Parents’ Guide for Children with SEN (Special Educational Needs)”, available at the website of Ministry of Education’s Special Education Branch (SEB) here

Admission Process

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.

Admission to APSN Centre for Adults

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Parents and referring agencies who apply for admission to 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 into CFA.
  • 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 CFA.
  • At the time of admission to CFA, 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 CFA 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 to CFA, 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.

Parents and referring agencies who apply for admission to the APSN Schools should note the criteria provided in the “Parents’ Guide for Children with SEN (Special Educational Needs)”, available at the website of Ministry of Education’s Special Education Branch (SEB) here

Please ensure that all the following documents are attached:

1)APSN Application Form (Form)

2)APSN Medical Report (completed within one year prior to the date of referral)

3)Hearing assessment/audiology report, with audiogram, if the applicant has hearing loss (completed within one year prior to the date of referral).

4)Most updated psychological report, which  must include the following:

i. The results of the applicant’s individually administered intellectual assessment, preferably the Wechsler Scales. The results should include subtest scores, index scores as well as IQ scores. If specific IQ scores are not obtained, reasons should be provided and any alternative assessments/computations should be documented. Language(s) used during testing is (are) to be indicated.

ii.The results of the applicant’s adaptive functioning as measured by a standardised adaptive behaviour assessment. The results should indicate performance that is at least two standard deviations below the mean of either (a) one of the following three types of adaptive behaviour: conceptual, social, or practical OR (b) an overall score of conceptual, social and practical skills.

iii.A summary of the applicant’s individual educational/training needs.

5) Where applicable, progress reports and recommendations from professional staff working with the applicant (e.g., Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist).

6) Photocopy of the applicant’s and parents’/guardian’s identification.

7) Photocopy of a legal custody document where the applicant is still a minor under the care of a single parent or of relative/s.

8) Where possible, previous teacher reports and copies of examination scores (for the last 2 years in school).

9) 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.

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