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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 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.

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APSN First Local Disability Service Awarded Prestigious ISO 9001:2015 Certification

APSN first local disability service awarded prestigious ISO 9001:2015 certification

The Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) was awarded the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 certification last month, making it the first local disability service to do so.

While the idea was mooted by APSN, the ISO journey was only made possible thanks to the National Council of Social Service Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs)-Charities Capability Fund (VCF). With the support of the VCF Fund, a consultant was engaged to guide the APSN management team on its journey from August last year.

While APSN already had most of the documentation and work processes in place before the ISO journey, it made use of the certification process to tidy up the documents in a systematic way.

Through the adoption of ISO 9001 standards and requirements, APSN has been able to embed an even better quality management system within the organisation. More complete quality records, procedures and work instructions were developed as part of the requirements of the standards.

The scope of this ISO certification is applicable to: APSN Shared Services, APSN Centre for Adults and APSN Student Care Centre.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Alex Shiu said, “The objective of attaining this certification is to show our commitment to ensuring our services meet stakeholder and regulatory requirements and expectations. Our teamwork and foresight in pursuing better work practices will stand us in good stead to care for our beneficiaries for the long term in an enhanced way.”

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