Description of Organization
“SPD is a charity set up in Singapore in 1964 to help people with disabilities to maximise their potential and be integrated into mainstream society.
SPD is committed to working in partnership with people with disabilities to develop their potential to the fullest so they can be self-reliant and independent.
SPD’s vision is to build an inclusive community where everyone is a part of it, not apart from it.
The over 20 programmes we run from six locations islandwide cater to people of all ages with physical, sensory and developmental disabilities, a majority of whom are from low-income families. Our services include day care, therapy, early intervention, vocational training, assistive technology, as well as educational, employment and social support. Through these, we aim to prepare children with developmental needs to go to mainstream schools, help youths with disabilities to complete their studies, provide therapy and help adults with disabilities to find jobs, and train people with disabilities with higher support needs to be independent while providing respite for their family members and caregivers.
We serve people who are born with or have acquired disabilities through accidents, old age or illnesses. Their disabilities may include cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spastic paraplegia, global developmental delay, autism, brittle bones, macular diseases, hearing loss, vision impairment, or stroke and spinal cord injuries.
Our support is also extended to family members and caregivers to ensure a better network of care for their loved ones with disabilities.”
Intended use of funds through the YFC 2023 programme
“The funds raised from the YFC 2024 programme will go towards providing subsidies to persons with disabilities from low-income families so that they can participate and benefit from SPD’s programmes and services such as:
– Day care
– Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC)
– Development Support/Learning Support (DS/LS)
– Employment Support Programme (ESP) Training
– Rehabilitation services
– Specialised Assistive Technology support
– Special Door-to-Door Transport Service”
Engaging and involving the YFC participants
SPD will invite the YFC team(s) down to SPD Ability Centre for physical tour and briefing session. This will enable the team members to better understand the needs and challenges faced by persons with disabilities. We could also arrange some physical interaction sessions with our beneficiaries as well as our frontline staff to enable the team members to ask any questions that they may have. We will also encourage the YFC team(s) to visit SPD’s YouTube channel to view the beneficiaries, our programmes and corporate videos so that they can better understand how the funds raised will help people with disabilities. We aim to tap on the team members’ creativity and innovative ideas on fundraising as well as to better our effort in creating greater awareness of persons with disabilities in the community. We see working with the YFC teams as a win-win partnership whereby we learn from each other so that both ends will gain immensely from this gratifying collaboration.