Down Syndrome Association (Singapore)
Down Syndrome Association (Singapore) is a primarily self-funded, non-profit Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) which works closely and regularly with healthcare and educational professionals and other Voluntary Welfare Organisations. We are committed in our aims to provide support to families and caregivers, help a person with Down syndrome to lead a normal life and thus be able to contribute to society and help integrate a person with Down syndrome into mainstream society.
Our Mission is to Develop individuals with Down syndrome through life long learning and social integration, Support families through specialist services, information and education and Advocate for equal opportunities, quality of life and their contribution to society.
Intended use of funds through the YFC 2019 programme
Programmes that the funds are intended to be used are: Children’s Education Services (CES), Adult Enhancement Programme (AEP) and Enrichment Programmes. CES targets members younger than 18 years old which enhance the development and learning of infants and toddlers through individualised and provides support to children with Down syndrome who are enrolled in mainstream education. Our AEP reaches out to members aged 18 years and above. The programme seeks to equip learners with skills that enable them to function optimally with minimal dependence on family and society. Enrichment Programmes for children and adults consists of Performing Arts (Drums, Dance, Speech & Drama), The Visual Arts, Sports (Swimming, Aikido, Gym, Zumba, Bowling) and Literacy & Numeracy (KidsREAD, Computer Math).
Engaging and involving the YFC participants
Other than fundraising initiatives, the YFC teams get the opportunity to interact with our beneficiaries through volunteering at our centre. Programmes that the participants can get involve include Adult Enhancement Programme and Enrichment Classes. The YFC teams can also assist in planning and organising activities or workshops for persons with Down syndrome and their families. Some examples of the activities/workshops include crafts, music or dance classes for our clients.