Association for Persons with Special Needs
Established in 1976, Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) is a social service agency providing special education for persons with mild intellectual disability (IQ 50-70). Today, APSN operates four Special Education (SPED) Schools (APSN Chaoyang School, APSN Katong School, APSN Tanglin School and APSN Delta Senior School) for students aged 7 to 21, an APSN Student Care Centre for children aged 7 to 18 and an APSN Centre for Adults for persons aged 16 and older, benefiting over 1,200 beneficiaries each year.
The APSN Schools and Centre adopt a holistic approach in its curriculum, comprising academic, vocational and social skills, which are important for open employment and lifelong learning. APSN seeks to enable persons with special needs to be active contributors of the society and is committed to inspire and build capabilities of its partners and community to lead and advocate an inclusive society.
To date, APSN’s growing database has more than 5,000 beneficiaries, comprising students, trainees and alumni. The Association is constantly expanding its network to reach out to and understand the needs of its members to better support them.
Intended use of funds through the YFC 2019 programme
The funds will be used to support APSN Centre for Adults and upcoming APSN Training Institute. Our beneficiaries require long period of learning and training to achieve their goals and APSN aims to ensure our beneficiaries are equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge and training, to be engaged in possible job placement that enables them to lead a fulfilling and independent lives.
Engaging and involving the YFC participants
We would invite YFC teams to APSN Centre for Adults for a centre tour to know more about APSN as a whole. Also, volunteering opportunities will be opened up to these participants, allowing them to interact with our persons with intellectual disability and have a better understanding of how they can contribute back for a good cause.