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Attitudes toward those with disabilities are changing throughout Asia where tolerance is becoming more wide-spread and the disabled are gaining more rights. In Singapore, there are several tax reliefs and acts in place to help support those with disabilities. You might especially find that attitudes are positive where disabled children are concerned.

As an expat, you can find support with SSNAP (Singapore Special Needs and Parents), a support group for expatriate families in Singapore with special needs children. Their website can be found at http://www.ssnap.info

There are quite a few disability organizations in Singapore. Some of these are generalized while others are specific. These organizations include, but are not limited to:

Autism Research Centre
No.6, Ang Mo Kio St.44, Singapore 569253
http://www.autism.org.sg
Tel: 6323 3258
Fax: 6323 1974

Autistic Association http://www.autismlinks.org.sg

Spastic Association of Singapore http://www.spastic.org.sg Cerebral Palsy Centre
At: 65 Pasir Ris Drive 1, Singapore 519529
Tel: 6585 5600
Fax: 6585 5603

Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Singapore
http://www.clapas.webs.com

Down Syndrome Association
DSA Centre
Blk 17A, Telok Blangah Crescent, #01-270 Singapore 091017
http://www.downsyndrome-singapore.org
Tel: 6278 3907
Fax: 6278 3908

Dyslexia Association of Singapore
Dyslexia Centre
1 Jurong West Central 2 #05-01, Jurong Point Singapore 648889
http://www.das.org.sg
Tel: 6444 5700
Fax: 6444 7900

Muscular Dystrophy Association
9 Bishan Place #06-01 Junction 8, Singapore 579837
http://www.mdas.org.sg
Tel: 6259 6933
Fax: 6259 6911

Singapore Association for the Deaf
227 Mountbatten Road, Singapore 397998
http://www.sadeaf.org.sg
Tel: 6344 8274 Fax: 6345 7706

Movement for the Intellectually Disabled
http://www.minds.org.sg

Handicaps Welfare Association
16 Whampoa Drive, Singapore 327725
http://www.hwa.org.sg
Tel: 6254 3006

Children’s Cancer Foundation
http://www.ccf.org.sg

Special Olympics Singapore
http://www.specialolympics.org.sg

The Disabled People’s Association offers information on policies, events, and resources on their website. It can be found at http://www.dpa.org.sg

The Student Care Service (http://www.students.org.sg) has a team of trained Learning Support Specialists, Social Workers, Educational Psychologists, and Project Executives/Programme Co-ordinators that offer professional help to students through learning support, family casework, group work, educational assistance and counseling. The three centers are in Hougang, Clementi and Yishun.

The Ministry of Education provides special education (SPED) schools for those school age children who have disabilities. There are currently 20 SPED schools which are run by Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) who get their funding from the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the National Council of Social Service (NCSS). You can find more information on these at MOE’s website: http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/special-education/

Between the stairs and the long distances between changing trains or buses, public transportation isn’t always easy for the disabled. However, the Singapore Mass Rapid Transport (SMRT) incorporated infrastructural accessibility into their bus services. It is now possible for disabled travelers to commute on more than 29 bus routes on Wheelchair Access Bus (WAB) services. The interchanges and bus-stops have ramps, lowered kerbs, and rail guards.

Tax relief schemes are available for those who take care of their disabled spouses, parents, or children. For instance, if your spouse lives with you and is handicapped, then you can apply for the tax relief for support. You may also claim relief for a disabled child. The child doesn’t have to be a PR, citizen, or even staying in Singapore for this relief to be claimed.


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