Specific initiatives on infocomm and assistive technology – that’s what Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development, has promised in a meeting in the Singapore Parliament.
A total of S$30 million strategic initiative from the Tote Board-Enabling Lives Initiative Grant will generate new solutions for persons with disabilities (PWDs). It will be carried out over a period of five years, in partnership with the SG Enable and National Council of Social Service.
The Tote Board-Enabling Lives Initiative has been supporting non-profit organizations through pilot and evidence-based programs as well as cross-sectoral collaborations. The Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) sectors will also be in the picture.
Meanwhile, the country’s Ministry of Education has committed to help Singaporean students with special needs through funding assistive technology devices and support services. The Special Education Needs Fund will also enable students in Institutes of Higher Learning to purchase devices to facilitate their learning, and Tan’s ministry will be increasing the lifetime cap and subsidy coverage of its Assistive Technology Fund.
“The changes will help more persons with disabilities and provide them greater support to defray the cost of purchasing or repairing their assistive devices” ~ Tan Chuan-Jin