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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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APSN Mourns The Passing Of Mr SR Nathan, A Strong Supporter Of The Special Needs Community

APSN mourns the passing of Mr SR Nathan, a strong supporter of the special needs community

Together with our nation, APSN mourns the passing of former President Mr S R Nathan.

Whilst as President, Mr Nathan visited our APSN schools at least four times, twice to officiate the opening two of our schools – APSN Chaoyang School and APSN Katong School.

Our Emeritus President, Dr Francis C. Chen who was on hand to receive Mr and Mrs Nathan each time, recalled that they  showed great interest in the welfare of our special needs children and fondly interacted with them. Vice-President Dr Victor Tay, commended that Mr Nathan is a strong and exemplary supporter of the Charitable sector, providing an uplifting beacon of hope, propelling Singapore towards an inclusive society when many in the society were sceptical of the capabilities of special needs.

Mr S R Nathan as a trained social worker also advised us to track our students after they have graduated from our system to see if any of them required further training or re-training after finding open employment.

We pay tribute to a President who cared for the special needs community and who had raised millions of dollars for charity through the President’s Challenge events.

Aurora Lui, 17, a Year 1 student in Retail Operations, APSN Delta Senior School recalled, “I remember Mr Nathan coming to Chaoyang School when I was Primary 1 in 2006. He was there to do the opening of the school in Yio Chu Kang. He gave a speech to the students and I remembered that it was quite inspiring for me and my friends. Sometime last year, I performed at one event where Mr Nathan was present. After the performance, I got to shake hands with him. I was very proud and happy to be able to meet him in person. Mr Nathan is a very inspiring person and he made me feel important when he talked to me. He is also very kind to every people in Singapore.”

Our condolences to Mrs Nathan, who was also a great advocate as former Patron of Children’s Charities Association of which APSN is a member.

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