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  • Nippon Paint volunteers painting the pillars
  • 17 Oct 2014
  • SPD@Toa Payoh is a day rehabilitation centre providing rehabilitation services, nursing care, day care, weekend respite care and transport services to more than 240 adults and seniors with disabilities. The centre has not had a fresh coat of paint for a while and the makeover by around 80 staff volunteers from Nippon Paint (S) was definitely a welcome initiative.

  • Apps for AAC
  • 17 Oct 2014
  • Recently, there has been much attention on how apps loaded into mobile devices can be used for communication. In conjunction with the International Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness month celebrated around the world every October, Ms Sarah Yong, head of clinical services at SPD’s Specialised Assistive Technology Centre, explores the pros and cons of using apps for AAC and highlights how it has made available many opportunities for communication for those who have difficulty to doing so.


  • ICOS graduation group photo
  • 17 Oct 2014
  • Twenty people with disabilities were presented with certificates for completing the IAC Certificate in Office Skills (ICOS), a vocational training programme offered by SPD. The graduates of the programme, made possible with the support of info-communications provider StarHub and SG Enable, were lauded at a ceremony held at the SPD Ability Centre on 14 October.

  • RSN ME2 Jason Chee at the recent Towards An Inclusive Workforce 2014 held at the SPD Ability Centre
  • 17 Oct 2014
  • Jobs are typically designed for able-bodied individuals and the tasks assigned would largely tap on the employees' cognitive ability, signt, hearing and speech. To provide equal job opportunities to people with physical or sensory impairments, employers should be willing to re-design jobs so that tasks that cannot be performed by people with disabilities are assigned to others who can carry them out, leaving people with disabilities to handle those they are able to. By doing so, employers are leveraging on the strengths of the empoyee while addressing their limitations.