These are the people whose lives you have touched | SPD - Singapore

These are the people whose lives you have touched

Your support has enabled many persons with special needs or disabilities at SPD to imagine a future filled with hopes and possibilities. Here are stories of three whose lives you have touched.


Fong Ruo En, 9 years old

Ruo En was born with Spastic-Dystonic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and Hypertonia which impairs her movement co-ordination, balance, posture and speech.

At SPD, she was introduced to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) which allows her to express herself and communicate with others using a tablet.

Today, she is going to a mainstream school and using AAC during her lessons. She enjoys doing spelling and has friends who care for her. I am very proud of what she has achieved.


Lee Boon Kian, 48 years old

"When I was 28, I had a stroke. My life changed. I couldn’t do simple things by myself such as going to the toilet and I couldn’t walk properly. I had to stop work and needed my mother to take care of me.

In 2002, I joined the SPD Sheltered Workshop as a trainee. There, I did jobs such as packing goodie bags and putting letters into envelopes. I also joined classes and learned English, Maths and IT to upgrade myself.

Today, I am a line leader at the Sheltered Workshop. I can walk short distances using a walker and take care of my elderly mother."


Lee Yong Hwee, 58 years old

"Less than a year ago, I had to stop work as a car painter because I had a stroke. It was very hard - people could not understand what I was saying and I couldn’t walk properly.

I have 2 children going to school. As I couldn’t work, my wife became the sole breadwinner. I am grateful to SPD for giving me subsidy for therapy and day care, and also for the transport to go there.

Today, I am able to speak more clearly, go everywhere by myself without a walking aid and fetch my wife from work every day."


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