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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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Curriculum Framework

Programmes in CFA

Each year the CFA admits APSN students aged 16 and above into its full-time programme. These students would have to pass a one-month trial and work assessment by the Centre. During the programme, clients learn basic skills such as cooking, cashiering, sales, cleaning and gardening. Some also learn more specialized skills such as grass-cutting where they are taught to operate lawn mowers, hand-held grass trimmers and blowers.

Finding Jobs for Our Clients

After or even during the programme, those found to be ready for open employment would be matched with an interested employer. Depending on their employer, they may be asked to go through a job trial, lasting a few days to weeks, or they will be asked to go on a longer attachment of a few months. If they are deemed suitable, they will be offered a job and paid according to their skills and abilities.

To enable those who have been successfully placed to maintain their job for at least a year, the job placement offi cers at the APSN CFA provide them close support in the form of regular visits and counseling. They also liaise with employers and parents to address their concerns.

Continued Support

Even after the one-year support is over, the Centre continues to keep in touch with its members through monthly social gatherings. Whenever necessary, it provides and facilitates access to counselling and other professional services, including psychological occupational and speech therapy to help members and their families cope with the challenges of adult working life. Members are also encouraged to take up courses to upgrade themselves.

To be more relevant and to enhance their employability, CFA also emphasizes technical training, leveraging on existing courses available, e.g. SHATEC courses for catering. Whilst our four schools are adequately funded by MOE, the same does not apply to CFA.

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