1. An interview will be held with the applicant to assess current needs and methods of doing the identified task
AT professionals will visit the home⁄school⁄workplace to better understand the applicant’s situation
2. Depending on the applicant’s needs, tests will be conducted to assess the applicant’s ability to perform the identified task
3. Some AT devices may be issued to the applicant for trial to assess the suitability. Upon completion of the assessment, the AT professionals will advise the applicant on suitable AT devices, if any
4. The applicant may be given a choice to loan the prescribed AT device for trial
5. Training may be conducted for the applicant for the use of complex AT devices when necessary
Funding and Donations
Fundraising activities include special events, donation box drive, direct mail appeals, STAR Programme (for regular donors) and partnerships with companies, schools and organisations. Public fundraising is sometimes held in conjunction with our Public Education exercise, where we aim to create awareness of our programmes and services and disability issues.
Our professional and direct service staff make up close to 80% of our workforce. They include physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, assistive technology specialists, training officers and social workers. The remaining staff provide indirect service such as HR, IT, office admin, finance and fundraising support. By and large, we follow NCSS’ human resource practices and salary guidelines for VWOs.
The programmes and services offered by SPD are guided by current and projected service needs of the disabled community. Strategic plans, both medium and short term, are drawn up and reviewed periodically to ensure that resources are allocated to fill the service needs and gaps.