Join the Disabled People’s Association
To all Singaporean autistics, I strongly advise you all of you to immediately sign up to be a member of the Disabled People’s Association (DPA) for only $2 or $5 a year.
There are a few reasons why, but if I were to appeal to your self-interest, they are probably the only organisation who will help advocate for you when you get into trouble. There has been a few unfortunate incidents where autistics have got in trouble or faced nasty problems, and you never know if you may be one of them in the future.
I myself have decided to sign on after admitting that I am disabled and also part of the disabled community. I believe that we should actively protect our own interests by choosing the right allies to partner us. At the same time, we should also give back and help other members of the disabled community so that we can all become stronger and more powerful.
Being part of DPA is much preferred than being part of some really quiet and passive organisations who have no interest in advocating for us. Being part of DPA is also better than trying to work with some fishy organisations who claim to be inclusive but won’t speak out when trouble strikes.
I call upon all of you to make a wise choice, and choose the right partner today!
Note: For those who worry about having ‘tainted records’, there is no need to declare that you are a member of DPA when employers ask. You can still keep a low profile at DPA if you do not wish to be ‘exposed’. Legally speaking, DPA is not allowed to publish its member list to the public, and people without disabilities can also join the DPA as associate members too.
Day Activity Centres
Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled
6 Bishan Street 13, Singapore 579798
Tel: (65) 6353 3515
Christian Outreach to the Handicapped
Block 414, Tampines Street 41, #01-301, Singapore 520414
Tel: (65) 6787 3200
Eden Centre for Adults (Age: 12-21)
Blk 426, Hougang Avenue 6, #01-53, Singapore 530426
Tel: (65) 6287 4727
Emmanuel Activity Centre (Age: 12+)
414 Tampines Street 41, #01-301, Singapore 520414
Tel: (65) 6787 3200
St Andrew’s Autism Centre DAC (Age: 19-55)
1 Elliot Road, Singapore 458686
Tel: (65) 6517 3800
Sunlove Abode for Intellectually-Infirmed Ltd
461 Lorong Buang Kok, Trafalgar Units
Tel: (65) 6483 1191
Employment & Jobs
BizLink Employment Placement Services (Age: 16+)
Helps Singaporeans and Singapore PRs with disabilities to find jobs in the open market.
Provides training and employment opportunities to Singaporeans with disabilities.
Employability & Employment Centre (E2C)
People with autism can be valuable members of the work force. They can be hardworking, reliable and productive. The goal of the E2C is to provide the necessary job training and support to enable the person with autism to perform optimally in the workforce.
A community space combining retail, lifestyle and training in an all-accessible public space. Home to several social businesses dedicated serving everyone, with and without disabilities. Provides employment, training and events for autistics.
Handicaps Welfare Association
Aims to Equip people with disabilities with relevant vocational knowledge and skills and Enhance and Enable them to be confident and competent for employment.
Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore
Helps Singaporeans and Singapore PRs with intellectual disabilities to find jobs in the open market.
Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE)
Provides a listing of employers who are willing to consider applicants with special needs.
Providing programs for talent and career development for autistic people. with the goal of enabling 2,400 careers for autistics by 2025. Specialisterne Singapore shares knowledge and contacts with the Specialisterne operations and their partners in 17 countries throughout the world.
An inclusive organisation with expertise in various domains of ICT. We harness talents, including both neurotypical and neurodiversity (e.g, autism), and offer industry partners a viable alternate talent pool. We offer experienced and comprehensive consultation and delivery of IT solutions, design and development of digital products, provide and manage talents for your manpower needs.
Shops known to hire people with autism
5, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, Singapore 569739
Tel: (65) 6592 0431
Hui & Kuah
11 Keng Cheow Street, #04-11 Riverside Piazza, Singapore 059608
Tel: (65) 6734 2883 / 6734 2884
Professor Brawn Cafe
#02-78/79 Novena Square, 238 Thomson Road Singapore 307683
Tel: (65) 6253 4650
Special Needs Savings Scheme (SNSS)
Allows parents to set aside a portion of their CPF savings for the long term care of their Children with Special Needs. It will be implemented in early 2012.
Special Needs Trust Company (SNTC)
SNTC is the only non-profit trust company in Singapore set up to provide trust services for the benefit of persons with special needs. It is jointly supported by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and National Council of Social Service (NCSS).