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28 Aug

2017

SPD Ability Walk 2017 returns with even more in store for participants

A crowd of more than 1,500 was present at the SPD Ability Walk 2017 this morning to show their support for the inclusion of people with disabilities. Mr Desmond Lee, Second Minister for Home Affairs and National Development, flagged off the 3km leisure walk at the Chinese Garden at 8am. One of the main highlights of the walk was an activity that saw participants walking a distance of about 200m with a leg tied to a partner, and walking assisted while blindfolded through a 200m course. These challenges aimed to help participants to learn a bit more about the difficulties that people with disabilities face daily.

25 Apr

2017

Golfers take on one-hand putting, hole-in-bucket and other novelty challenges at the SPD Charity Golf 2017 to raise $300,000 for people with disabilities

Golfers at Raffles County Club last Friday afternoon wondered about the 40 blue and red tubs surrounding Hole 2 of the golf course. They were even more surprised to see a hole more than double the size of a normal one at Hole 18 which they were told to putt using just one hand. These were among a multitude of novelty challenges that the golfers took on to raise funds for people with disabilities at SPD’s second charity golf tournament.

20 Mar

2017

SPD thanks all supporters for donating to the SPD Charity Show 2017

Close to 20 beneficiaries of SPD, an organisation that helps people with disabilities, performed alongside more than 30 popular local and foreign artistes in a show of inclusion to raise $4.13 million so far at the SPD Charity Show 2017 telecast ‘live’ over MediaCorp Channel 8 last night. The amount includes $58,000 that was collected at the show’s outdoor segment where shoppers at nex shopping mall made donations for a taste of cuisines prepared by Singapore’s celebrity chefs Eric Teo, Heman Tan, Pung Lu Tin and Charlie Tham. The amount raised exceeded the $3.8 million target that was set for the show.

04 Mar

2017

SPD’s Open House Brings Community Together to Show Support for Persons with Disabilities

SPD’s Open House was held on 4 March 2017 at its headquarters on Peng Nguan Street. The event saw the community coming together to foster greater understanding and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of SPD’s “Breaking Barriers” campaign. Guest-of-Honour Ms Joan Pereira, Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC, graced the Open House. The event was also attended by corporate and individual supporters, partners, clients, caregivers and those in the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood.

27 Feb

2017

SPD Beneficiaries Partner Local and Overseas Artistes in Performances for Television Fundraiser to Raise $3.8 million for its Disability Programmes

The SPD Charity Show 2017《SPD 真情无障爱》is part of SPD’s 10-week-long “Breaking Barriers” public education campaign aimed at promoting inclusion and better understanding of people with disabilities. The audience can look forward once again to signature performances pairing SPD’s beneficiaries with disabilities with local and foreign artistes to signify inclusion and integration. The show will be broadcast ‘LIVE’ over Mediacorp Channel 8 on Sunday, 19 March at 7pm, and repeated a week later on 26 March at 3.30pm. Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen will grace the three-hour television fundraiser as the Guest-of-Honour.

10 Feb

2017

SPD’s “Breaking Barriers” Campaign Aims to Change Mindsets Regarding Disability

SPD launched the “Breaking Barriers” campaign today in an effort to move Singapore towards a more inclusive society by encouraging greater understanding and acceptance of those with disabilities. Held at the Central Public Library, the event was graced by Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, and attended by close to 80 community and corporate supporters as well as representatives from the disability community.

14 Jan

2017

Youth with Profound Hearing Loss Gets Support in Developing Talent in Drumming

More than 30 years after the SPD Education Programme (EP) was launched to support students with physical disabilities from low-income families in mainstream schools, it now extends its support to students with sensory disabilities in similar underprivileged situations.

07 Oct

2016

Four Local Students with Disabilities Awarded the Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship to Further Tertiary Education and Careers in IT

Four young Singaporeans with disabilities were awarded the Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship to pursue tertiary education in information technology (IT) related fields at an awards ceremony held at ITE College Central today. Presented to students who demonstrate excellent academic credentials, strong leadership potential and a passion for higher learning, this year’s Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship recipients impressed the judging panel with their inspiring display of bravery, determination and resilience in overcoming a variety of physical and sensory challenges, including autism spectrum disorder, hearing impairment and vision impairment.

22 Sep

2016

Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Scholars with Disabilities Excel Beyond Academics, Aspire to Impact Society

Even as many students struggle to find balance between their academic responsibilities and co-curricular activities, the three recipients of this year’s Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities excelled in both while overcoming conditions that would have discouraged many. The trio with ‘invisible’ disabilities, or disabilities that are not apparent, Sarah Lim, Joshua Ong and Teo Zi Lin, received their awards from Guest-of-Honour Mr Ang Wei Neng, Member of Parliament for Jurong GRC, at the APB Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities Award Presentation Ceremony held at the Enabling Village.

10 Sep

2016

More Than 1,000 People of Different Abilities Turn Up at SPD’s First Walkathon in Support of Persons With Disabilities

More than 1,000 participants, with and without disabilities, turned up at the inaugural SPD Ability Fun Walk held at the Punggol Waterway Park this morning as a show of support for people with special needs. Flagged off by Dr Janil Puthucheary, Minister of State for Communications and Information, and Education, as well as Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris – Punggol GRC, the walkathon raised close to $200,000 for SPD that will be channeled to fund programmes that help persons with disabilities to be independent and self-reliant. 

26 Jul

2016

Walk the Talk. Join in SPD’s First Charity Walk.

SPD will hold its first SPD Ability Fun Walk at the Punggol Waterway Park on 10 September 2016. The walk serves to promote inclusion by providing an opportunity for the general public and people with special needs to walk together as a united community for a worthy cause. In line with the walk’s theme “Happy Hatters on the Loose”, participants will receive in their walk pack a bright yellow and green-striped top hat on which they are encouraged to decorate and put their stamp. Photo stands will also be set up to enable participants to capture and share photographs.

27 Jun

2016

SPD Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation for its Community-Based Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programmes

SPD has been awarded a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International. This accreditation, which was awarded to SPD for its therapy programmes, namely the Continuing Therapy Programme (CTP) and SPD Rehabilitation Centres, makes SPD Singapore’s first outpatient medical rehabilitation centre for children and adults to receive the accreditation.

26 Apr

2016

SPD’s Inaugural Charity Golf Tournament Raises Over $240,000 to Benefit People with Disabilities

SPD organised its first charity golf tournament last Friday at the Raffles Country Club with strong support from the business community. Close to 30 companies came together to raise more than $240,000 through sponsorship of golf flights and donations. The funds raised will go towards funding SPD’s programmes and services to benefit people with disabilities. Guest-of-Honour, Minister for Manpower and Member of Parliament for East Coast GRC, Mr Lim Swee Say, led the tee-off with 106 golfers in the 27-flight event.

15 Feb

2016

Japanese Welfare Foundation Makes Work at the SPD Sheltered Workshop Safer and More Efficient for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities are a potential pool of talent to tap on for employment. In many cases, simple modifications and improvements to a working environment can help to develop this potential. With that in mind, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Welfare Foundation generously donated $10,000 for the purchase of wheelchairs, plastic pallets, cage trolleys and storage cartons for SPD’s Sheltered Workshop to help its trainees go about their work better.

23 Jan

2016

Youths with Disabilities, Including ASEAN Para Games Medallists, Get Support in Education and Talent Development

SPD Youth Aspiration Award presented to four youths with physical disabilities to support their pursuits in sports, performing arts and community service. More than $56,000 in bursaries awarded to 84 students with physical disabilities and students whose parents have physical disabilities from low-income families at the SPD Education Programme Awards Presentation Ceremony 2016.

14 Oct

2015

Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Scholars Lauded for Resilience in Overcoming Challenges

Achieving academic excellence over and above facing challenges from disabling conditions and having to deal with bullying, taunting and even a life threatening situation were what made three young Singaporeans stand out among others to be awarded the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities. They received their awards from Guest-of-Honour Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Education and Mayor, South West District in a ceremony held at the SPD Ability Centre. 

06 Oct

2015

New Facility to Promote Adoption of Assistive Technology Among Persons with Disabilities

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development today launched Tech Able, a facility that enables persons with disabilities to live and work independently through assistive technology.

18 Sep

2015

Students with Disabilities Awarded the Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship to Pursue Higher Education in IT Fields

Five scholarships were awarded to outstanding young Singaporeans with disabilities at the Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship Awards Ceremony 2015 today, up from the four scholarships disbursed annually in previous years. Given to students who demonstrate excellent academic credentials, strong leadership potential and a passion for higher learning, this year’s scholarship recipients impressed the judging panel with their inspiring display of strength, courage and resilience in overcoming a variety of physical and sensory challenges, including macular dystrophy (vision impairment), hearing impairment, osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bones disease) and Asperger’s syndrome.

 

24 Mar

2015

SPD Thanks All Supporters for Donating to the SPD Charity Show 2015

SPD, an organisation that helps people with disabilities, has raised over $4.8 million so far through the SPD Charity Show 2015 telecast ‘live’ on television last night, exceeding the $3.5 million target that was set for the show. This includes the $32,000 that was collected at the show’s outdoor segment - a three-hour Getai performance at Ang Mo Kio Central Stage - a first for the show.

04 Mar

2015

SPD Caps Jubilee Celebrations with Television Fundraiser to Raise $3.5 million for its Disability Programmes

The SPD Charity Show 2015 is SPD’s fifth and will be broadcast ‘live’ over MediaCorp Channel 8 on Sunday, 22 March, and repeated a week later on 29 March at 3.30pm. Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defence and MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, will grace this three-hour television fundraiser.

04 Feb

2015

SMU and SPD Advocate Education for Inclusive Workspaces

With a shared vision to drive thought leadership in diversity and inclusion in both learning and work environments, SMU and SPD held a conference today on “Education for Inclusive Workspaces”. The event brought about invaluable dialogue amongst employers, educators, students and professionals working with people with disabilities.

02 Feb

2015

Youths with Disabilities Receive Educational Support and Grants to Pursue Talents

He might have been an average student in school but 22-year-old Muhammad Diroy Bin Noordin, who has Dwarfism, always had an eye for designs. For that, he was often asked by his peers and teachers to design event posters and logos in school. Diroy knew then that he wanted to be a graphic designer and studied hard to secure a place in Temasek Polytechnic where he now majors in Graphic Design.

01 Dec

2014

SPD Joins the #GivingTuesdaySg Movement With A Sweet Campaign

The humble but colourful lollipop that never fails to bring a smile to its recipient will drive SPD’s “Have a Sweet Day” campaign, organised in conjunction with #GivingTuesdaySG which falls on 2 December this year.

To raise funds so that programmes and services are accessible and affordable for persons with disabilities, SPD is reaching out to the community through a network of over 60 participating hotels and food and beverages outlets across the island. Patrons who make a donation of $2 or more to SPD at these outlets will receive a lollipop in appreciation of their contribution. #GivingTuesdaySG is a call to action for Singaporeans to give their time, money or voice to the less fortunate.

28 Nov

2014

SPD Celebrates 50 Years of Service to the Disabled Community

An idea mooted by a moving speech became the inspiration for a group of volunteers, including the late philanthropist Tan Sri Dr Tay Teck Eng, to set up a voluntary welfare organisation (VWO) in 1964. Known as SPD today, the organisation looked after the interests of those with physical disabilities and provided them social support and employment opportunities.

 

In the years that followed, SPD grew to become an important social service provider and advocate for the disability community. To mark its 50th year, close to 400 guests including staff, beneficiaries, donors, volunteers, partners and representatives from Government agencies and other VWOs joined SPD in the celebration of this important milestone at a gala dinner held at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in attendance.

14 Oct

2014

Infocomm Technology and Office Skills Training Help Increase Employability of People with Disabilities

In a ceremony held at the SPD Ability Centre this morning, 20 people with disabilities were presented with certificates for completing the Infocomm Accessibility Centre Certificate in Office Skills (ICOS), a vocational training programme offered by SPD (formerly the Society for the Physically Disabled) with the support of programme partner, info-communications provider, StarHub.

08 Oct

2014

Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Celebrates a Decade of Support for Students with Disabilities Pursuing Higher Education

With their stellar academic performance and passion for learning, four young Singaporeans rose above their disabilities to receive the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities from Ms Sim Ann, Minister of State for Education and Communications and Information. The presentation ceremony was held this morning, marking the 10th year of this scholarship programme.

26 Sep

2014

Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship Provides Boost for Students with Disabilities to Pursue Higher Education

Four inspiring young Singaporeans with disabilities displayed excellent academic credentials, strong leadership potential and a passion for higher learning to be awarded the Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship.

30 Jul

2014

Society For The Physically Disabled Changes Its Name To Reflect The Wider Disability Community That It Now Serves

Society for the Physically Disabled, one of the largest voluntary welfare organisations in Singapore, announced today that it will now operate under the name ‘SPD’.

10 May

2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam Opens Society for the Physically Disabled's Centre in Jurong

SPD@Jurong brings early intervention into the heart of Jurong to serve children with special needs in the West and kicks off 50th anniversary celebrations with centre's opening.

07 Feb

2014

SMU and Society for the Physically Disabled to Collaborate on Best Practices for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Institutes of Higher Learning

The Singapore Management University (SMU) and Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in developing and promoting best practices for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) in Singapore.

11 Jan

2014

Youths with Disabilities Receive Financial Help, and an Award That Brings Two Youngsters Closer to Their Dreams

SPD Youth Aspiration Award presented to two youths with disabilities who bring joy to others through music and cosplay, and $76,050 in bursaries presented to 97 students with physical disabilities and students with parents who have physical disabilities.

04 Oct

2013

Disability Presents No Barrier to an All-rounded Education

Three local university students receive bond-free scholarship from APB Foundation.

06 Sep

2013

Microsoft Youthspark Scholarship Ignites Passion for Learning in Students with Disabilities

Four young Singaporeans facing vastly different challenges every day proved that learning, sensory or physical disabilities are no barriers to excellence as they were awarded the Microsoft YouthSpark Scholarship for their extraordinary achievements this morning. For the first time, the scholarship was also awarded to a student with dyslexia.

18 Mar

2013

SPD Thanks All Supporters for a Successful SPD Charity Show 2013

Donations exceeded $3.5 million target in last night's charity show and funds raised will contribute significantly to the $5 million that SPD needs to raise this year.

26 Feb

2013

SPD Aims to Raise $3.5 million Through SPD Charity Show 2013

Close to 30 local and foreign television personalities will come together next month to help raise $3.5 million for the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) through a line-up of entertaining performances put up for the charity’s largest fundraiser of the year - SPD Charity Show 2013.

26 Jan

2013

Bursary Helps Students with Disabilities and Those with Disabled Parents Cope with Education Fees

Ninety-four students with disabilities and students with disabled parents received the NatSteel-SPD Education Programme Bursary Awards from the Education Minister, Mr Heng Swee Keat, at an award presentation ceremony held at the Resorts Convention Centre in Sentosa this Saturday afternoon.

15 Jan

2013

Students with Disabilities Get a Boost from Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Scholarship

Five young Singaporeans have demonstrated not only strength and resilience when overcoming countless adversities in their young lives, they have also shown optimism for the future and a passion to help those who, like them, need a little boost. Their extraordinary achievements were celebrated at the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities award ceremony this morning. It was also the first time that more than three scholarships were awarded in a year.

15 Feb

2012

Students with Disabilities Get Help by Way of Bursaries and Award

122 students with disabilities and students with physically disabled parents to receive $85,000 in bursaries and the SPD Youth Aspiration Award to be presented to one youth with physical disabilities to pursue his sporting endeavours.

13 Jan

2012

Survey Shows Singaporeans More Accepting of People with Disabilities

Results from 2011 show Singaporeans being more understanding, supportive and accepting of people with disabilities compared to 2009

01 Dec

2011

Making Singapore a More Accepting Society for People with Disabilities

The Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) is furthering its advocacy for equal opportunities for people with disabilities with the launch of an online survey to gather the nation's perception towards people with disabilities. This initiative forms an integral part of the SPD's on-going 'I Accept' campaign, which aims to encourage members of the public to accept people with disabilities as equal members of the community, workplace and everyday life.

24 Oct

2011

Infocomm Accessibility Centre and Tribal DDB Strikes Partnership to Enable More People with Disabilities

The Infocomm Accessibility Centre (IAC) announced today a strategic partnership between the Centre and Tribal DDB, an international digital marketing agency in Singapore. This partnership will see IAC and Tribal DDB working together to enable more people with disabilities, starting with the offering of internship opportunities for IAC trainees to hone their IT and design skills in a real-life work environment.

14 Oct

2011

Greater Opportunities Await Persons with Disabilities at the 'Towards Inclusiveness in the Workplace: Employing Persons with Disabilities' Event

More opportunities are now available for persons with disabilities to broaden their network and meet potential employers. The Microsoft Unlimited Potential Scholarship award presentation and IT Apprenticeship graduation ceremony returned this year with the inclusion of two key establishments to connect scholarship recipients and graduates with prospective companies for employment possibilities - the Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices (TAFEP) and Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF).

02 Aug

2011

More Responded to Call by Infocomm Accessibility Centre to Help Narrow the Digital Divide for People with Disabilities at Tweet Meet 2011

Tweet Meet 2011, organised by the Infocomm Accessibility Centre (IAC), gathered volunteers, bloggers and supportive members of the public in cyber space to help bridge the digital divide for people with disabilities (PWDs) in Singapore. Singaporeans were encouraged to rally the cause online via networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Windows Live and Skype, and to enable virtual interaction and engagement between those with disabilities, friends, families and the public.

18 Jul

2011

The Infocomm Accessibility Centre Launches Tweet Meet 2011 to Help More People with Disabilities Join the Social Networking World

The Infocomm Accessibility Centre (IAC) announced today the launch of this year's Tweet Meet, a civic movement aimed at encouraging members of the public to help narrow the digital divide for people with disabilities (PWDs). For the sophomore edition, this civic movement will see more than 10 volunteers who will visit the homes of 40 PWDs to personally deliver, set-up and connect them onto social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Windows Live and Skype so that the recipients can plug into social media and widen their social circle.

23 Feb

2011

Caldecott’s Most Prominent Couple to Join Celebrities to Raise Funds and Increase Acceptance of People with Disabilities

For the first time, MediaCorp artistes Fann Wong and Christopher Lee will be sharing a stage to perform a sand dance. This sort of performance has never before been seen on national TV. Theirs is one of a string of performances put up by local and international artistes at The SPD Charity Show 2011. The show is Society for the Physically Disabled’s (SPD) third and will be graced by Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and broadcast ‘live’ over MediaCorp Channel 8 at 7pm on 13 March 2011, and repeated at 3.30pm on 20 March 2011.

28 Jan

2011

Disabled Athletes to Receive Award to Develop Further in Sports

Athletes Yip Pin Xiu and Choo Leng Hin to receive S$5,000 each to develop in swimming and running respectively and SPD to present awards and other aid amounting to S$91,200 to help 129 students with disabilities and students with disabled parents.

01 Dec

2010

Public Urged to Show More Support for People with Disabilities on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

With the International Day of Persons with Disabilities taking place on 3 December, the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) will be putting up a series of four ads in SMRT's stations and trains to urge members of the public to give way, and to show support and consideration to people with disabilities. The posters feature people with disabilities of different ages receiving support at a lift, train platform, and in the community.

27 Oct

2010

SPD Education Programme Awards Presentation Ceremony 2010

Media release on 27 Jan 2010: New award aims to groom talents among physically disabled youths

 

07 Oct

2010

Microsoft Renews Commitment With SPD

IAC and Microsoft Singapore announce closer collaboration to help more people with disabilities realise their IT potential. Microsoft Singapore commits another $1 million to training at IAC.

06 Aug

2010

Students design campaign to integrate people with disabilities into mainstream society

The students from Team Accept adopted the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) as their beneficiary under the YMCA-Citibank Youth for Causes Project and developed ‘I Accept’, a fundraising-public education campaign to create awareness of the challenges people with disabilities face and encourage the general public to accept disabled people as equal members at the workplace, in school and in the community.

 

11 Mar

2010

e-Filing for taxi drivers 11 March 2010

People with disabilities provide free income tax e-filing service to thank taxi drivers

20 Feb

2010

Tiger Balm Charity Event - Haw Par Healthcare Celebrates With People Born In Year Of The Tiger Proceeds Will Go Towards Society for the Physically Disabled

On the 7th day of the Chinese New Year, also known as Ren Ri (人日) - or everyone’s birthday, Haw Par Healthcare, which owns world famous Tiger Balm will be holding a special celebration - Tiger Balm Record Roar 2010. It will be a celebration with heart whereby funds will be raised towards the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD). The carnival style celebration will be held at Underwater World Singapore (UWS) on Saturday 20 February 2010 from 9 am to 5 pm. Everyone is invited.

07 Dec

2009

SPD Charity Show 2009 - SPD thanks all supporters for making its charity show a success

SPD exceeds $2.8 million target in TV charity show and funds raised part of $4.6 million needed to support SPD’s various programmes and services for people with disabilities for the year.

25 Nov

2009

SPD Charity Show 2009 - Charity Show to Improve Current Low Understanding for People with Disabilities

The SPD Charity Show <<真情无障爱>>will meet the twin objectives of increasing understanding and awareness of people with disabilities and raising funds for SPD. SPD hopes to be able to raise $2.8 million to help its flagging donations. It has recently seen a 30% drop in donations and currently has a reserve of $7.1 million which amounts to seven months of its operating cost.

19 Nov

2009

Digital Accessibility Forum 2009

Singapore Websites fall short of International Standards for Web Accessibility and survey by Infocomm Accessibility Centre shows lack of accessibility in private and public websites.

05 Nov

2009

First community-based dysphagia management programme to help people with swallowing difficulties

From October 2009, the elderly and people with disabilities are able to receive affordable professional speech therapy services in community-based organisations to help them with their swallowing problems. Launched by the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD), the Dysphagia Management Programme (DMP) is the first community-based swallowing management programme.

07 Oct

2009

Infocomm Accessibility Centre Ramps Up Efforts to Increase Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Graduation ceremony, scholarship awards and awareness campaign all part of new drive.

15 Jun

2009

Aussino ‘Makes Dreams Possible’ for designers with physical disabilities in fundraising campaign

From now till December 2010, Aussino Home Fashions and the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) are collaborating in the ‘Making Dreams Possible’ campaign to raise $100,000 in aid of SPD’s programmes and services. This year-long campaign will start off with a charity sale of a series of specially-designed bed linens, polar fleece, bath towels, bath mats, cushion covers, mugs and carriers that cost between $5 to $10 each. They will be available at all Aussino outlets from 15 June 2009 onwards while stocks last. Another four more designs will be incorporated into Aussino’s annual fall/winter flyer towards the end of the year.

24 Feb

2009

Glimpses of Singapore 31 December 2008, A Photographic Journal by People with Physical Disabilities

Photos of Singapore on the last day of 2008 taken by physically disabled people featured in exhibition and coffee table book

31 Jan

2009

SPD Education Programme 2009 - Disabled Students Get More Support Through Handbook for Teachers and Higher Financial Aid

Launch of new disability resource handbook to guide mainstream educators on how to integrate physically disabled students in schools. Needy disabled students to be given $300 more each year for essential services. More than $165,200 in financial aid to be given out to over 150 needy students with physical disabilities and students with physically disabled parents. A new handbook will be made available to guide teachers and other educators on how to interact with and integrate physically disabled students in the schools.

28 Nov

2008

Breaking Barriers, Unlocking Potential TV info-ed series - Five-part TV show to help change mindsets and promote understanding, acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities

To increase understanding, acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities, SPD is commissioning a five-part info-educational series that will focus on the lives of and challenges faced by people with disabilities. ‘亮点人生 真情无障碍’ or ‘Breaking Barriers, Unlocking Potentials’ is done in conjunction with International Day of Persons with Disabilities and will be aired every Saturday from 29 November 2008 over Channel 8 at 9pm to 9.30pm. Hosted by Guo Liang, it will feature a few people with disabilities, the challenges they face and how they have or are working to overcome these, as well as the services available to help them.

17 Oct

2008

More people with disabilities to enjoy better job prospects with scholarship and certification grant

Launch of the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Scholarship & Certification Training Grant, and special training vouchers offered to voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) entitling their clients to attend one basic or intermediate training module conducted by the IA Centre.

14 Aug

2008

03 Jul

2008

Launch of IA Centre - S$12.7M Training Centre for People with Disabilities Offers 4,000 Places in IT Courses and Apprenticeship

The Infocomm Accessibility (IA) Centre, a new pan-disability training facility, run by the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD), officially opens today to offer industry-relevant infocomm training, IT-related apprenticeship as well as library facilities for assistive technology equipment. SPD first in Asia to offer an Assistive Technology Loan Library

26 Jan

2008

Supportive Educators Key in Developing Successful Disabled Students

First batch of physically disabled Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation-SPD Scholars graduate, find employment in open market. Close to $300,000 in education awards to be disbursed to over 230 students with physical disabilities and students with physically disabled parents.

28 Nov

2007

Active Agers Step Up As Volunteers To Help Disabled People

  • Handbook to be launched to guide new volunteers on how to help and interact with disabled people
  • Plans in pipeline to engage more senior citizens in helping disabled people

04 Jul

2007

Stage, TV And Radio Personalities Call For Support Of The Physically Disabled In SPD’s First TV Charity Show

The Society for the Physically Disabled’s (SPD) first TV charity show on 15 July will see stage, TV and radio personalities join in to call for support of physically disabled people.

30 Jun

2007

Opening Of New Centre At Tampines Serving People With Disabilities In The East

Diagnosed with language delay and Central Auditory Processing Disorder, 8-year-old Ryan Ho has difficulty with his motor coordination and talking. This was a problem especially when he entered a mainstream primary school, but fortunately for him, Ryan found help at the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD), which provided therapy services to help him cope in the classroom. Today, his handwriting and copying skills have improved, and his speech is more fluent too.

20 Jun

2007

SPD’s First Charity Show Aims To Create Greater Public Awareness For People With Physical Disabilities

For the first time, with the objectives of increasing public awareness of its services and on disability issues, in addition to raising funds, Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) will be airing its first show, the SPD Charity Show on 15 July 2007 on Channel 8 at 7pm, with Mr Abdullah Tarmugi, Speaker of Parliament as Guest-of-Honour.

20 Jun

2007

Microsoft Pledges Over $470,000 To Benefit The Society For The Physically Disabled Via President’s Challenge 2007

Initiative aims to equip disabled individuals with technology skills for enhanced quality of life and employability

05 May

2007

12 Mar

2007

e-Filing Services for Taxi Drivers

Top Volunteer e-Filing Centre Run by Disabled People Expects to Serve Even More Taxi Drivers

27 Jan

2007

SPD Education Programme 2007

Disabled students benefit from helping others

03 Sep

2006

First Wheelchair Race Modeled After TV Reality Show Helps Students Learn Challenges Faced By The Disabled

Brothers Andy and Eugene Peh are setting aside their engineering books on 3 September and taking their learning to the streets of Singapore. They are aiming to understand how wheelchair users get around and caregivers help, and will be experiencing firsthand the user-friendliness of physical environments for physically disabled people here.

31 May

2006

Local Invention Gives Disabled Greater Access

Early last year, wheelchair user Jan Lee had to turn down two job offers. Then 23 years old with an Accountancy diploma, Mr Lee, who has transverse myelitis (an inflammation of the spinal cord), could only travel on a specially equipped van, or a London cab or MaxiCab. He would have to spend $50 a day on transport to get to his job, taking up a large part of his salary

14 Jan

2006

Students With Physical Disabilities To Get Financial Support And More

For the past few months, 10-year-old Elton Seah was hard at work rehearsing for a play, and looked forward to when he could perform in public. Being able to perform on stage is no small achievement for him, as the primary five student has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which causes stiffness in his calves.

17 Nov

2005

Assistive Technology To Enable Cyber Gamers

At the Grand Final of World Cyber Games 2005, Samsung Electronics, a leader in the digital technology era, and The Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD), a registered voluntary welfare organization, unveiled plans of a joint collaboration to provide people with physical disabilities an opportunity to experience the joy of gaming through new customised assistive technology devices. Special adviser to the collaboration is Rapture Gaming, organizers of World Cyber Games 2005 Singapore National Final.

07 Oct

2005

Renewed Commitment to Provide Training and Employment for Disabled Workers

42-year-old Yusoff bin Atan was jobless for the past 10 years, despite having gone for numerous job interviews. A hit-and-run accident had left him paralysed, causing him to lose his job and leaving his family struggling to make ends meet.

26 Sep

2005

Development Of Best Practices In Technology Research To Help Disabled People

34-year-old stroke survivor Lee Boon Kian uses a walking frame. He hopes to be able to walk on his own again soon so that he can find a job in the open market and regain his independence.

09 Sep

2005

Students With Physical Disabilities Get More Opportunities Through The New Starhub-SPD Learning And Development Centre

Ms Chin Yee Lee, a teacher at East View Secondary School, previously would not think twice about excluding physically disabled students from PE lessons. She thought that the activities might be too strenuous or dangerous for them if they were to participate. However, after undergoing the TOPS Workshop provided by The Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) in July this year, her perception changed as she has learnt how to modify the lessons to suit children with physical disabilities.

12 Aug

2005

Refurbished Mobility Aids from Singapore Help Victims of the Tsunami Disaster

Volunteers have packed some 320 aids, including wheelchairs, commodes, crutches and walking frames, to be shipped to Banda Aceh for victims of the tsunami disaster.

29 Jul

2005

Starhub Donates $250,000 To The Society For The Physically Disabled

StarHub donated S$250,000 from the StarHub IDD Charity Fund to The Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) at the StarHub Golf Invitational 2005 for its corporate customers. The donation will be used to set up the StarHub-SPD Learning and Development Centre (LDC), that will cater to the academic, personal, mental and social development of physically disabled students.

29 Jul

2005

Spd And Caltex Launch Groceries For Charity Project To Help Financially Disadvantaged Families With Physical Disabilities

The Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) and Caltex today announced the launch of Groceries for Charity, a community project which will see Caltex employee volunteers deliver groceries to financially disadvantaged families with physical disabilities.

22 Jun

2005

Scholarship Awards to Recognise Excelling Disabled Students in Schools

All I ask is for a chance from them to prove myself,” wrote Jan Lee, one of SPD’s scholarship recipients this year. He was answering a question regarding gaining employment in his scholarship application essay. In it, he writes about his hopes for gaining employment after graduation, keenly aware of the obstacles he will face then.

13 Jun

2005

NTU To Develop Solutions For People With Physical Disabilities - MOU Signed With SPD To Advance R&D In Assistive Technology

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and The Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to jointly pursue and promote research and development in Assistive Technology (AT).

22 Apr

2005

Singapore’s First Specialised Assistive Technology Centre Receives Innovative Ideas From Local Groups On Devices To Help Physically Disabled People

72-year-old Mr Chin Wan Fatt had his right leg amputated below the knee in September last year due to diabetes. Moving around became difficult and he is now looking forward to having a prosthesis made. This normally takes up to a month and would require several trips to the hospital for fitting and measurements, but with the ‘Direct Pressure Cast Prosthetic Socket for Transtibial Amputees’, he may get his artificial limb sooner than he thinks.

16 Mar

2005

Free e-Filing Service Provided by Physically Disabled People Help Taxi Drivers Cope with Income Tax Filing Difficulties

For taxi drivers who need help with e- filing their income tax returns, they can turn to The Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD). A group of eight beneficiaries from the Society is providing a free e-Filing service as a show of appreciation to taxi drivers who have been a main source of transport to them.

08 Mar

2005

Sales Of Local Album Buys New Vehicle To Transport Physically Disabled Persons

More than $74,000 was raised from sales of a Christmas album by Vocaluptuous, a local a capella group, to purchase a vehicle to transport physically disabled persons for employment, training and rehabilitation daily.

26 Feb

2005

Community-Based Service Centres Collaborate to Make Integration Possible and Improve the Lives of Spinal Cord Injury Survivors

Benson Tiew was driving home after work as a technician three years ago when his car collided with a bus. He sustained spinal cord injury at C6/7 and was treated at a hospital for three months. Unable to walk on his own, he became a wheelchair user.

19 Feb

2005

SPD Education Programme to Complement Schools in Integrating Students with Physical Disabilities

For 9-year-old Mohammad Rifa’i bin Abdul Aziz and his classmates, the school library is a place to go to for interesting books whenever they have some free time. However, for him to get there, Rifa’i has to first undergo an ‘obstacle course’ which includes his finding someone to carry him up to the second level where the library is situated.

23 Oct

2004

Stroke Survivors to get Better Care and Support from the Community

Mr Michael Yap was 60 years old when he had his stroke on 1 Jan 2000. The blow was both unexpected and untimely. He had to take a break from his business and instead of being the head of the household for the family, became dependent on his family members for the simplest of daily activities. It was another year before he could resume his normal activities.

15 Sep

2004

Singapore’s First AT Invention Competition to Improve Lives of the Disabled

Permanently disabled from neck down, Mr Yeong Sam Choi relies on his family members and maid in the simplest tasks. He is unable to eat or get dressed without their help. To decrease his dependence on them, he uses the Sicare Pilot, a voice-activated remote control system that allows him to control his TV, audio system and hospital bed on his own.

25 Aug

2004

Youths on Scholarship Aim to Do More for the Society

“There are plenty of contributions (I can make) to the society if I were to become a scholar of The Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD),” wrote Cai Zhenquan. “I would like to talk to children (with physical disabilities) about my experiences of growing up and make sure they can slowly learn to accept the fact that they are disabled”.

18 Jun

2004

First Air Con Distributor in Singapore Funds First Computer Training Centre for People with Physical Disabilities

The only local air conditioner distributor in Singapore is organizing a fundraising drive to raise funds to operate the first Computer Training Centre specially dedicated to people with physical disabilities.

28 May

2004

Improved Vehicles Make Safer Travelling for People with Physical Disabilities

Since being diagnosed with cervical ependynoma (spinal tumour) in January 2001, traveling has been a problem for Mr Razali Bin Supari. As a wheelchair user, he is unable to use public transport. His options are limited to taxis or specially-adapted vehicles, both to him costly modes of transport.

20 Apr

2004

Scholarship Dedicated To Help People With Physical Disabilities Launched

When he was 16, wheelchair user Jan Lee formed the conviction that to get a job and have a better future, he had to stand out from his non-disabled counterparts by working hard and excelling academically. Jan has Transverse Myelitis, a neurological disorder caused by inflammation of the spinal cord. At 23, he may well achieve his ambitions with the help of the SPD-Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Scholarship.

09 Apr

2004

E-Filing Services For Taxi Drivers

For seven years, rain or shine, Mr Tan Ah Tee had been taking Philip Ang to school every day in his taxi. Because of Mr Tan’s dedication, Philip was able to attend classes regularly and successfully complete his certificate in Business Study and later go on to obtain a Diploma in Accountancy. Two other taxi drivers provided transport to Philip for 11 years when he started working. Their support has helped Philip to become a Senior Finance Executive today.

29 Aug

2003

Total Rehabilitation Available for the Physically Disabled of All Ages at New Rehabilitation Centre

In April 2002, Haji Zulkarnain bin Solman met with an accident that was to change his life. Formerly a technician with an electronics firm, he suffered head injuries that rendered him paralysed in the left side of his body. Mr Zulkarnain has not worked since.

10 Jun

2003

Disabled Children Learn IT From Disabled Adults

This school holiday, 9-year-old twin brothers Amin and Aman have more than the usual toys and cartoons to look forward to. Two of 15 physically disabled primary school children taking part in Creative Workshop 2003, the pair who suffer from Achodroplasia (dwarfism) will learn in the Workshop how to maximise their creativity and with the computer, design their own cards and brochures.

25 Jan

2003

All-Rounder Receives Education Grant Together with 170 Other Physically Disabled Students

17-year-old Jovin Tan Wei Qiang loves to play computer games. He chats on the IRC, surfs the Internet, and spends time emailing to friends. Most of all, Jovin loves to sail.

22 Nov

2002

People with Physical Disabilities Partner Young Rotarians for a Good Cause

Since August, Lee Seng Ngiap, a beneficiary of The Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) and his friends have been working non-stop to make refrigerator magnets, scented star candles, tea light candles and copper wire card holders in preparation for a special "Christmas Cheer 2002" charity drive.

14 Oct

2002

Pilot Project to Help Bridge the Digital Divide and Create Job Opportunities for the Disabled

Twenty-eight year old Gary Woon can now look forward to being able to find employment. A tetraplegic, Gary has been unemployed for 7 years after a traffic accident. Owing to the mobility problem sustained in the accident, he was not able to use the public transport or afford expensive taxi rides to travel to the workplace. Today, Gary will be able to work in the virtual environment after completing a web design course with The Society for the Physically Disabled.

03 Sep

2002

A Community Project with a Difference

None of the usual stuff - that was foremost on the minds of the 24 staff of DuPont Dow Elastomers (DDE) as they figured out a way in which to do their part for the less fortunate.

22 Jul

2002

School Holidays Well Spent Learning New Skills and Helping the Disabled

14 Secondary Two students of Hai Sing Catholic take turns to come to The Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) every week to refurbish used computers for distribution to the needy disabled. This initiative by the students is on top of the required Community Involvement Programme implemented by the Ministry of Education.

03 Jun

2002

3-Day Camp For The Physically Disabled Children

13 children with physical disabilities will be busy painting egg shells, catching up with low-impact aerobics and preparing for a drama sketch to be acted out in two days’ time.

02 Feb

2002

SPD-HOPE Education Programme for People with Disabilities

Adrian Tan Zeng Yi’s mother had to give up her job so that she can take him to school everyday. Adrian, who suffers from Athetoid Cerebal Palsy, is jerky and erratic in his movements. He cannot feed himself without dirtying his clothes and has difficulty holding a pen to write or a book to read. In spite of this, the secondary two pupil loves to study and wants to be a computer engineer.

14 Sep

2001

Charity Car Wash at BP Service Stations

There is a chance for you now to have your car washed by some of your favourite TV stars and Radio DJs like Vivian Lai Yi Ling, Lin Weiwen, Zhang Zengxiang, Zhang Yaodong, Sharon Lee, Le Yao, Joey Swee, Liao Yunyi, Joey Ng, Hu Wensui, Shi Bin, Alan Tern and Juliet. Just come on down to selected BP service stations on 15 September, 16 September, 29 September and 30 September. The celebrities are "sweating out" to raise more funds for The Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD).

11 Sep

2001

Aconcagua Expedition 2000 Presents a New Passenger Van to The Society for The Physically Disabled

David Lim, leader of Singapore’s first Mt. Everest Expedition, and Mr Tok Beng Cheong scaled the Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas without high altitude guides, porters or other support staff, to raise funds for a new 13-seater Mercedes Benz Sprinter for The Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD).

01 Aug

2001

Care for the Disabled Programme

Despite the economic slowdown, a wholesale and import company in consumer products has pledged a minimum of $50,000 towards The Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) from its "Care for the Disabled" Programme from 1 August 2001 to 31 October 2001.

02 Mar

2001

Sports & Fun Day for 450 Disabled

Some 450 clients from five welfare organisations for people with disabilities gathered at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) Stadium this morning to pit their athlete abilities at the SPD Sports Day 2001.

10 Feb

2001

SPD-DBS-Hope Education Programme Awards Presentation Ceremony

A sum of $180,000 was given out to 216 students at the SPD-DBS-HOPE Education Programme Awards Presentation Ceremony organised by The Society for the Physically Disabled. The number of students benefiting from this programme and the quantum awarded has more than doubled since its inception in 1998.

10 Jan

2001

PCs For People With Disabilities To Bridge The IT Divide

For people with disabilities, a lack of knowledge and exposure to IT can only further widen the opportunity gap between them and the rest of the community. The Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) hopes to help bridge this divide by ensuring that people with disabilities are provided with equal opportunity to learn and adopt IT skills through its IT for the Disabled programme. The programme aims to increase PC ownership amongst people with disabilities from low-income households by providing them with refurbished PCs. This programme is part of IDA’s PC Reuse Scheme.

22 Nov

2000

A Chance To Bring Christmas Cheers To A Few More People

You can make this Christmas more joyful for people with disabilities by buying the Christmas Cards produced by The Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD). The entire production process of the cards - from the first line drawn to the designing, printing, packing and delivery - is done by people with disabilities.

16 Nov

2000

The Society For The Physically Disabled (SPD) Launches Domestic Living Skills Programme For The Disabled In Conjunction With FairPrice Kindness Day

People with moderate to severe disabilities or low functioning skills often depend heavily on their family members and caregivers for daily living activities. For family members and caregivers who need to go to work besides tending to the needs of their charges, playing such multiple roles can be stressful and taxing.

05 Nov

2000

Get Rewarded For Helping The Disabled And Protecting The Environment With Rubbish

Two Tanjong Pagar - West Coast Town Residents’ Committees were commended for encouraging their residents to give recyclable waste to charity. About 1,250 households from the Spottiswoode Park RC precinct and Pasir Panjang Dover Crescent RC precinct were rewarded with with a limited edition Transitlink card and small tokens from kind sponsors. All these for giving recyclable waste to charity under the SPD Green Earth Programme.

04 Jun

2000

Tanjong Pagar CDC District Raised $118,000 For The Disabled Through Recycling

Residents from the Tanjong Pagar CDC District has raised $118,000 to help the disabled, simply by recycling their waste. This is part of the SPD Green Earth Programme, an activity organised by The Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) which aims to help the disabled, protect the environment and care for the community.

16 Feb

2000

Project Wheelchairs For Ghana: 120 Wheelchairs Bound For Ghana

A total of 120 wheelchairs are packed into a 20-foot container bound for Ghana.

18 Jan

2000

Aconcagua Climb 2000: Scaling New Heights For Charity

David Lim, leader of Singapore’s first Mt. Everest Expedition, as you may recall was struck down by a rare and serious nerve disorder shortly after returning from the successful Mt. Everest Expedition. He was paralysed from the eyes down and spent six months in hospital. Now, a year after his discharge, and partially disabled himself, David is returning to the mountains.