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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 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.

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.

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Phone: 65 6479 6252
Address: 900 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 467354

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APSN Centre for Adults


Curriculum Framework

Programmes in CFA

APSN trainees aged 16 and above can enrol into APSN Centre for Adults’ (CFA) full-time vocational programme. These trainees would have to pass a one-month trial and work assessment by the Centre. Trainees will experience a 4-phased vocational training programme, and they are assessed on milestones – not a period-based curriculum.

Phase 1 – Training Programme

Trainees typically start from Phase 1, and are given a taster of each industry training which the Centre provides. They rotate between the different areas of learning basic kitchen skills, cashiering, service, work ethics, cleaning, retail, gardening and more.

Phase 2 – Sheltered Enterprise Programme

As they progress to phase 2, they begin to specialise in a selected sheltered enterprise. This is where they decide their career path, and focus their skills in areas such as culinary, baking, grilling, coffee preparation, chocolate making, building & facilities maintenance, contract work services. Lessons are taught in a licensed, simulated environment with tools and industry-relevant equipment. This provides realistic on-the-job training to bridge the path between their training and employment.

Phase 3 – Supported Employment

During the programme, trainees assessed to be ready for open employment would be matched with a trained employer. In this phase, trainees would undergo a job trial with an employer partner. Once trainees are assessed to be competent by employers, our Job Coaches will assist to moderate and negotiate their employment contract and salary according to their skills and abilities with the trainees and caregivers.

To further assist individuals who are offered employment to sustain their job, our Job Coaches at APSN CFA continue to provide support for at least another 12 months not limiting to job support, employer training, counselling etc.

Phase 4 – Open Employment / APSN Alumni Services

When the 12 months of job support by School or Centre is completed or, in the event the trainee/student transits out of the School/Centre, the School/Centre will continue to render support to its alumni through social recreational activities. There will be provision and access to counselling and other professional services, including psychological services, occupational therapy and more to help alumni and their families cope with the potential challenges faced.

To be more relevant and to enhance their employability, APSN CFA also emphasises technical training, leveraging on existing courses available, e.g. SHATEC courses for catering. APSN CFA’s operational costs are mostly funded via public donations.



Singapore Book of Records – Sets the record for the largest collage made of cookies (measuring 3.4m by 3.4m)

Platinum Award – Community in Bloom Award 2010

Best Garden – Community in Bloom Award 2010

First Runner Up – Singapore Garden Festival, Gardeners’ Cup 2010


National Parks Board (NParks) Community in Bloom Awards 2008 – Silver Award

Ambassador of National Parks Board (NParks)

Contact Information


+65 6346 2425
+65 6346 7518
11 Jalan Ubi, Block 4 #01-31
Kembangan-Chai Chee Community Hub
Singapore 409074

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