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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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Address: 900 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 467354

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Indian Visitors: Time With APSN Left “everlasting Impact”

Indian visitors: Time with APSN left “everlasting impact”

Dear APSN,

From September 27 to October 3, 2019, 14 students and seven teachers from Step by Step School (SBS), New Delhi, India, were part of an exchange programme to Singapore.

APSN host visitors from India

It was a most memorable learning experience in a realistic and fun manner and has left an everlasting impact on the entire team.

The programme was designed with the intention to provide the students with different opportunities to apply and generalise the skills they are taught in the classroom into real life situations.  These skills include social, communication, language and self-care skills that are essential for them to be assimilated into the mainstream.  Another major objective was to get the students to experience and negotiate a completely unfamiliar environment and a new culture, with a view to practice and enhance their thinking and problem-solving skills.

Broadly, though all the children have a similar functional profile, they differ in their individual needs in the areas of social and work skills, cognitive abilities as well as training requirements. Trips like this help us as teachers to address any shortcomings the children may have.

APSN hosts visitors from India

Nine students were placed at APSN Chaoyang School (CYS) to experience a different classroom setting with a different set of teachers and peer group too. Five students attended APSN Tanglin School (TS) to experience new mentors and a new work culture in an unfamiliar work space. At both schools the warm and friendly reception set the tone for hands-on interactive learning over the next few days.

The exposure and the learning experience provided to the children at both the schools seamlessly fitted in with our objectives at SBS. This helped the children to upscale their respective skill sets.

Having returned from the trip, the students have been observed to:

Be more confident

Tanya’s mother, whose daughter was placed at APSN CYS, stated, “She has become a lot more confident and now is comfortable talking to people.”

APSN hosts visitors from India

Communicate better

Suhaani’s (a student placed at APSN CYS) Infocomms Technology teacher shared how she now initiates conversations, asks appropriate questions and participates more in class.

Vivaan’s (a student placed at APSN CYS) teacher said, “He has been more communicative and is a happier boy. He enjoys being part of a group. He is able to accept changes with lesser resistance.”

Be more responsible and forthcoming

Sanya’s parents, whose child was placed at APSN TS, felt many pleasant changes have happened. For example:

  • She has started using escalators that she did not use for many years.
  • She serves water to guests and offers tea, and even makes tea for them.
  • She folds her clothes.
  • She helps her mother in the kitchen.
  • She takes on responsibilities.
  • She is more independent.

Emotional Quotient

All the children seem to have benefited greatly. They managed independently without their parents, with only their friends and teachers for support. They have developed warm and trusting relationships and have visibly increased their circle of interaction in school.

The trip was a great motivator for the parents, as it helped in reaffirming their belief in their children’s abilities of being potential contributing members of society.

APSN hosts visitors from IndiaWe would like to extend a sincere thank you to the APSN schools for welcoming us and giving us the opportunity to observe and learn from your approach to special education.

None of this would have been possible without the Sparkz ladies who initiated this exchange programme and have sustained it over the years. We are most thankful for this unique opportunity and a fantastic learning experience. We look forward to many more of such learning journeys at APSN.

Warm Regards,
Priyali Goel and the SBS Team

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