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Persons with physical disabilities have the capability to excel and maximize their potential, Like everyone else, they should have opportunities to lead productive and fulfilling lives. We are proud that many of our students have emerged with commendable achievements.

Serving children and youth with disabilities in mainstream schools and institutions of higher learning since 1991, AWWA Community Integration Service (CIS) aims to achieve AWWA’s mission by helping these children and youth integrate into their schools and the community, to reach their fullest potential and lead dignified and independent lives.

Who do we serve?

Children and youth from kindergarten to institutions of higher learning with the following conditions:

  • Physical disabilities including cerebral palsy, spinal skeletal conditions, muscular dystrophies, syndromes etc.
  • Global Developmental Delay (GDD) and related conditions
  • Developmental Coordination Disorders (DCD) including dyspraxia
  • Speech disorders including articulation and phonological disorders, verbal dyspraxia (or childhood apraxia of speech), dysarthria and stuttering
  • Low vision

AWWA TEACH ME, now known as AWWA Community Integration Service, was awarded the Most Innovative Programme by the Family Resource Training Centre in 1994. It remains unique by making services available to the clients at their homes or schools by addressing the needs of the clients holistically.

Our trans-disciplinary team of professionals, consisting of therapists, educational guidance officers, psychologists, social workers and counsellors, work in close collaboration with the clients, their parents / caregivers, and school personnel. The two main services provided under the CIS program are school integration and community integration.

School Integration

In partnership with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and schools, we support the participation and integration of students with disabilities in mainstream schools through school visits.

School visits are done for different purposes including:

  • Consultations and case conferences with school personnel to identify and address the students’ integration needs within the school
  • Assessment, recommendations and trainings for school personnel and students on the use of education assistive technology
  • Access accommodation, which are specific accommodations necessary for school and national level examinations
  • School transition support for children moving into a different educational environment
  • Increasing the school’s (staff and pupils) awareness on issues pertaining to disability

By addressing their physical, educational and social needs, it is our goal for students with disabilities to increase their participation in mainstream schools.

Community Integration

Our trans-disciplinary team provides a range of intervention programs to support the individual’s ability to participate in the home and community.

  • Therapy services (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy)
  • Psychological Intervention
  • Functional Numeracy & Literacy Training
  • Independent Living Skills Training (ILS)
  • Career Guidance
  • Counselling
  • Sport & Enrichment
  • Parent/ Caregiver Training and Support

As a result of their increased participation in their families, schools, places of employment and community at large, our goal is for children and youth with disabilities to experience an improved quality of life.

Our former clients include Paralympian Yip Ping Xu (Muscular Dystrophy) who broke the world record in the 2008 Summer Paralympic; Maximillian Tan (Cerebral Palsy) who represented Singapore in Equestrian during the 2008 London Paralympic Games; and Loh Jia Wei, who was conferred PSC scholarship and in September 2014 departed to study at Oxford University. While these are the cases that have made the news, there are many other extraordinary individual stories of breakthroughs in daily life.

Eligibility

The following criteria need to be fulfilled for enrolment under the CIS program

  • Singaporean Citizens or Permanent Resident of Singapore
  • Currently enrolled in a mainstream school (Kindergarten to Tertiary Education)
  • Medical diagnosis of the above described conditions

Please contact us at communityintegration@awwa.org.sg  for cases without a current medical diagnosis.

How to apply?

To apply for enrolment in our program, please fill out and return a referral form.

For low vision students, please click here.

For students diagnosed with the above accepted conditions, please click here.

For students suspected of Developmental Coordination Disorders/ Speech Disorders, please click here.

Operating Details

Office hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9.00am – 6.30pm

Contact Us

Address: 9 Lorong Napiri Singapore 547531

Tel: 6511 5210

Email: communityintegration@awwa.org.sg

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