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SPD focuses on helping people with disabilities maximise their potential and integrating them into mainstream society. Through over 20 programmes that encompass early intervention, therapy, vocational training, assistive technology, day care, as well as educational, employment and social service support, SPD serves, in all, 9,400* people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities, helping them become self-reliant and independent.
Founded in 1964 by a group of Rotarians, it was known as Society for Aid to the Paralysed (SAP). In the earlier years, SAP provided employment opportunities at its sheltered workshop to people with disabilities who had difficulties seeking open employment. The organisation was renamed Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD) in May 1998 and subsequently to just SPD in July 2014 to better reflect the work that we do - serving people beyond physical disabilities.
*of which 5,500 are unique individuals