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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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Email: hq@apsn.org.sg
Phone: 65 6479 6252
Address: 900 New Upper Changi Road, Singapore 467354

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Parent By Day, Teacher By Night

Parent by Day, Teacher by Night

During the March school holidays, Mr Jose Manuel, a Senior Teacher with APSN Katong School (KS), went back to the Philippines to see his wife and three kids. He expected to be away for a week, but ended up being locked out of Singapore because of COVID-19 border controls.

By some fortunate twist of fate, the pandemic allowed him to continue working despite the distance between him and his students – through home-based learning (HBL).

During the day, while his wife (a Human Resources Manager) worked, he looked out for his children, aged four, eight and 10. From the late night to early morning, he created videos for his students at APSN KS. He only got five to six hours of sleep each day.

Mr Manuel preparing lessons“The video lessons I created were different every day. I also wanted to create a sense of routine for my students. I set it up so that we followed the routines that we usually do in class – with the “Ready to Learn” rules, such as sitting properly and being quiet before learning begins. The point was for them to adjust easier. There was a sense of predictability and familiarity even though they are at home,” he says.

APSN KS Principal Ng Puey Koon adds that Mr Manuel inspired his colleagues through the sharing of his HBL resources and support for his students’ learning all the way from the Philippines.

At the time of writing this story, it was still uncertain when Mr Manuel would return to Singapore.

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