We are a part of RDSS' efforts to engage and collaborate with institutions, disability groups, the public and policy makers through conversations, shared experiences and perspectives to effect positive change as One Voice for the special needs population and their caregivers in Singapore.

Special Seeds is a digital parenting resource initiative of the Rare Disorders Society of Singapore (RDSS), a local registered charity which engage individuals and organizations to raise awareness on rare disorders.

We are a part of RDSS' efforts to engage and collaborate with multiple stakeholder groups: disability and special needs support groups across diagnosis, members of public, schools and policy makers through better engaged conversations, shared experiences and perspectives to effect positive change as One Voice and seed a truly enabling and inclusive environment for the special needs population and their caregivers in Singapore.

  • Purpose

    Special Seeds ezine is the home of the Special Needs and disabled community in Singapore. 

    This is a place where parents can find support, access the relevant resources and right partners to enable their child with Special Needs and disability to reach his fullest potential. 

    This is a space for Special Needs and disability groups to come together and be heard. 

    This is a platform for us to reach out to the people of Singapore, to promote inclusivity and acceptance of those with Special Needs and Disability.

     

  • Mission

    To enable successful parenting of persons with special needs and disability in Singapore so that those persons can reach their fullest potential. 

  • Value

    We seek to inform, connect, demystify and inspire parents through well researched, locally relevant content, professional viewpoints, shared experiences and accessibility to subject matter experts in the industry.

    We actively seek opportunities for alliances to bridge knowledge gaps, capability gaps and employment opportunity gaps of persons with disability in Singapore.

Sally Kwek

Founding Editor

Sally is mum to Jarene, a sprightly girl diagnosed with Moebius Syndrome. Sally is a strong advocate for children who learn differently, in particular children and youths who are minimally verbal.

Learning from her own parenting struggles and experiences, advocating for Jarene’s inclusion in society, school, church and about anywhere and everywhere her child needs to be in; she is passionate about building and providing a platform that can help seed a more loving and inclusive environment in Singapore for persons with varied forms of disabilities. She is privileged to have found parents with similar vision, gusto and courage to serve this calling – they form the founding team for Special Seeds Singapore.

Before mummyhood, Sally was a Knowledge Manager for the manufacturing operations of a UK based pharmaceutical company, specializing in harnessing the optimal know-how and expertise within the company for corporate performance. She is determined to utilize this skillset to bridge the various stakeholders critical to the growth and success of persons with special needs/disabilities. These include parents, educators, allied health professionals, medical professionals, service providers, siblings to special needs persons, general public and policy makers; encouraging cross group conversations that can help demystify, inform, educate, inspire and empower the special needs parenting process so that the eventual beneficiaries of a more enabling environment will be their children.

 

Education

Masters (Business IT), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)

Bachelors of Arts (Economics & English Literature), National University of Singapore

 

Community Manager (Social Media)

Mary is Mommy to three lovely young children. K, her littlest one, is diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Mary advocates for Down Syndrome, and authors the blog Simply Lambchops to chronicle memories of her children. She also actively shares her experiences and reflections on parenting a child with Down Syndrome on her blog, in her church and everywhere else possible.

She enjoys connecting with like-minded parents venturing on this same journey, so that as a community, there is stronger support and sharing of ideas to improve the future of their children. Mary's biggest wish is for people to see K beyond her disability. She wants to have a stronger influence on the society through her voice and efforts - that some day, Singapore can be truly inclusive and accepting to all persons who are differently abled.

Mary is a secondary school educator by profession. She is passionate in moulding the younger generation with sound values and the right attitudes as an individual, as well as teaching the wonders of Biology and Chemistry. She is currently taking a break from her work to focus on her family.

 

Education

Bachelor of Science/ Diploma in Education

Mary can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and blogs at simplylambchops.blogspot.com

Outreach Programme Manager

Samantha enjoys working with children and families from under-priviledged backgrounds and special needs. As a teenager, her exposure to volunteering at different centers and homes had made an impact on her course of studies in the university.

Samantha graduated with a Masters in Education (Special Needs) from the University of Sheffield. She obtained her Graduate Diploma in Psychology from the University of Sydney. Samantha completed her Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of Melbourne. Samantha continues to pursue professional development in various intervention approaches (such as HANDLE, Brain Gym, Rhythmic Movement Therapy, NAET, Touch for Health, Move to Learn, etc.) with the aim to better guide and support the children and families that she works with.

Samantha had previously worked in a local children’s hospital and is currently working at a private center. Samantha’s caseload comprises of international and local families, with developmental delays and learning difficulties. Samantha works with children on the Autism Spectrum, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Global Delay, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc. Samantha conducts assessments and involves caregivers in the child’s intervention journey. Her work also involves school and home visits, partnering with professionals in the field; to empower each child and to bring out their full potential.

Samantha’s dream is to create greater awareness for the special needs population locally, to have the public being more sensitive about the needs and struggles of families with special needs, to bridge the existing gaps between policies and daily lives of families, and have a safe place where children can grow and blossom.

 

Education

Masters of Education (Special Needs), University of Sheffield.

Graduate Diploma (Psychology), University of Sydney

Bachelor of Science (Psychology), University of Melbourne

Samantha can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Editor

SmilEyEs is a proud parent of 2 wonderful children, the youngest having Down Syndrome. 

In her free time, besides playing with her kids and spending time with her family, SmilEyEs enjoys writing. During her undergraduate years, she has contributed articles to the Malay Mail, a Malaysian daily newspaper under the Sports Section. Given an opportunity to write alongside other mummies with similar passion for SpecialSeeds.sg is definitely something she is looking forward to. 

 

Education

Master in Business Administration (MBA), University of Adelaide

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical and Computer Systems, Monash University Australia

SmilEyEs can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Creative Director

The parents’ daughter.
The loving wife.
The Super Mom of Jovan and Sarah.

Jasmine has never thought that she will be a parent to a Special Needs child. Her life changed and took her on a roller coaster ride with the birth of her daughter Sarah. It took her time and a lot of support from fellow Special Needs parents to accept the fact that Sarah is going to be a very brave and special warrior.

She hopes to reach out to new parents of children with special needs. She strongly feels that no parent should be left alone to struggle with the uncertainties and challenges of their special parenting journey.

Rare Disorders Society Singapore gave out their very first Caregiver Awards in 2015. Jasmine is honoured to be chosen as one of the award winners. As she says, “I am collecting it on behalf of all the caregivers, because all of us are the greatest in giving the best care to our child!”

Jasmine can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Webmaster

Jayna joined the editorial team because she thought her nickname in the team was pretty darn cool – Spiderwoman -  Gosh, is this a dream job or what?

She is mummy to a little koala, an endearing “koala bear” who happens to have epilepsy, taking baby steps and starting to babble. She hopes that the said “koala” can gradually grow up in a society which accepts him for who he is and not who he should be.

Before mummyhood, Jayna was a reluctant, geeky and trying-not-to-appear-geeky kind of project manager at an IT firm. For someone who wanted to avoid people when she first chose Computer Science, she has come to appreciate and enjoy building relationships with real people.

She still secretly fantasizes about tinkering around lines of codes in the company of multiple computer screens, though.

Also, she is most definitely not a writer and finds it extremely tough to write a bio, in third person no less. Is this quite long enough?

You can reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special Seeds e-zine is very blessed to have with us a growing team of compassionate subject matter experts who have taken time out to volunteer their expertise in supporting this ezine.

They come from various fields of work and are experienced and respected practitioners in their profession.

All of them have extensive experience working with children, youth and adults with special needs and in supporting their caregivers in their journey.

Our experts partner Special Seeds ezine as regular contributors of articles in their relevant field. They also help to answer questions our readers may post relating to their areas of expertise.

They support both the Question of the Month and Ask the Expert sections on this ezine.

Here is our current team on the professional Experts Panel:

 

is a Speech Language Therapist with a Doctorate Degree from Southern Cross University, Australia. Having had her basic education in India and a Graduate Diploma in Business administration in Singapore, She has been living in Singapore for over two decades. She has over 25 years of experience in the industry having worked in the major restructured and private hospitals and special school settings in Singapore. She is a professional with key strengths in Clinical Education, Planning and Implemention of Patient Care Programs.

She started her career in the early 1990s at the Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore, subsequently moved to Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Gleneagles hospital and then to the Singapore General Hospital to eventually head the Speech Therapy Department at the hospital. Following the completion of her Ph.D, she moved out to establish a private practice partnership in 2006 called Integrated Speech and Swallow Works Pte ltd. After 8 years of successful business, she has now set up her own solo venture STRAVANTIS Pte Ltd.

With a strong hold in the area of Neuro-Rehabilitation, Radika’s core clinical expertise and special interests include feeding and swallowing disorders in children and adults, language disorders in adults and voice disorders. As a singer and a student of Hindustani music, she holds a special interest in working with people with voice issues and problems.

She is the VITALSTIM trainer for the Asia pacific region and has conducted several training programs across Asia, Australia, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Qatar. She also conducts regular clinical skill building workshops in the region.

As a senior professional with a full registration with the Allied Health Professional Council, Radika also provides Clinical Supervision to the young talent pool in Singapore. She is also trained in Basic Hypnotherapy, Timeline Therapy and basic Body Talk Techniques and is a NLP practitioner. She has co-authored a book on Language development for children and has been actively involved in the development of the profession in Singapore.

In her own words …     

     I believe I am fortunate to be given the opportunity to help people across ages with differing needs and challenges. Each one of them teach me a lesson in life… while I am there to help them achieve their goals- be it talk, use their voice better or swallow safely…or just be there for a family member listening to their stories…

Dr Radika's other interests include Music, writing poetry, Yoga and Arts. She enjoys painting and regularly raises funds for charities with her art works.

She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jessie began her career with a private clinic where she wrote the curriculum of the domains of cognitive and social development for an award winning online program for parents with children 0-6 years old. This online program was awarded 'The Enterprise Challenge award' (TEC) in 2002. Following this, she then moved to the USA as a trailing spouse and taught special education as well as the fifth and sixth graders in an inclusive elementary school.

Before she joined National University Hospital (NUH), she was the school psychologist in the Singapore Autism School (now known as ‘Eden School’). In NUH, she has been the Head of Psychological services in the Department of Paediatrics. Ms Ooh started the behavioral sleep services at NUH and facilitated the development of the various subspecializations of the psychologists, a move in tandem with the medical professions’ development in the department.

Jessie’s main educational training is from Singapore, both NUS and NTU/NIE. She also received training in the USA in various techniques applicable for children with Autism, ADHD and behavioural problems, examples are ‘TEACCH/ PECS/ Collaborative Problem Solving’. She also completed an attachment where she ran sleep clinics with the psychologists and physicians in the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

As an Educational Psychologist, she was also the main member in collaboration with MOE and other agencies in the development of the first psychological guidelines for Psychologists in Singapore, launched in November 2011. In her work with MOE, she had sat on the main MOE panel looking at the placement of children into the various special educational schools in Singapore as well as involvement with work groups reviewing ADHD diagnosis and interventions, as well assessments, educational placements of children with chronic medical conditions.

Ms Ooh is a registered psychologist in the Singapore registrar of Psychologist, a full member (International affiliate) of the American Psychological Association and a member of APA’s Society of School Psychology (Division 16) and Paediatric Psychology (Division 54). She currently serves as a board member in the Special Education Network In Asia: Singapore (SENIA-Singapore) as the Community Liason.

She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Samantha enjoys working with children and families from under-privileged backgrounds and special needs. As a teenager, her exposure to volunteering at different centers and homes had made on impact on her course of studies in the university.

Samantha graduated with a Master in Education (Special Needs) from the University of Sheffield. She obtained her Graduate Diploma in Psychology from the University of Sydney. Samantha completed her Bachelor in Science (Psychology) from the University of Melbourne. Samantha continues to pursue professional development in various intervention approaches (such as HANDLE, Brain Gym, Rhythmic Movement Therapy, NAET, Touch for Health, Move to Learn, etc.) with the aim to better guide and support the children and families that she works with.

Samantha had previously worked in a local children’s hospital and is currently working at a private center. Samantha’s caseload comprises of international and local families, with developmental delays and learning difficulties. Samantha works with children on the Autism Spectrum, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Global Delay, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc. Samantha conducts assessments and involves caregivers in the child’s intervention journey. Her work also involves school and home visits, partnering with professionals in the field; to empower each child and to bring out their full potential.

Samantha’s dream is to create greater awareness for the special needs population locally, to have the public being more sensitive about the needs and struggles of families with special needs, to bridge the existing gaps between policies and daily lives of families, and have a safe place where children can grow and blossom.

She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Clinical Director
Kidz-Paediatric Occupational Therapy Consultants

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
Bachelor of Science (Major in Psychology)
Occupational Therapy Board Certified (USA & Canada) OTR, OT(C)
Allied Health Professions Council (Full Registration)
Sensory Integration & Praxis Test Certified (SIPT)
School Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (School AMPS) Certified
Interactive Metronome Certified (IMC)
Certificate in Clinical Supervision
CogMed Certified Practitioner

Alvin Chan is an occupational therapist who is registered and licensed with the Canadian and American Certification and Licensing Boards. He is also a member of the Singapore Association of Occupational Therapists. In 1999-2000 he was the chairperson of the Sensory Integration Paediatric Special Interest group. He is also Sensory Integration & Praxis Test (SIPT) Certified.

He has had working experiences in Canada, Australia and the United States prior to arriving in Singapore. His experience in Singapore includes two years as the sole charge therapist in an international school and one year as a senior therapist at a private occupational therapy center. He took on the role of Clinical Director of Kidz-Pediatric Occupational Therapy Consultants in 2001.

Alvin is experienced in working with both special needs and mainstream school children with various diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, attention deficit disorder, developmental delay, speech and language disorders, learning disabilities, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and Down syndrome.

He has published occupational therapy protocols which are being used in private school setting, non-profit organizations and private clinics in Asia.

He is adept in the provision of clinic, school and home based intervention. Utilizing Sensory Integration as the primary frame of reference, he is equipped with the knowledge of various intervention techniques and modalities within its scope of practice. He believes strongly in continued education to update himself with the latest information and studies in order to provide the best care for his clients. He is also the first accredited clinician and provider of the much researched and highly acclaimed Interactive Metronome Program in South East Asia. Due to his experience he has been called upon to present his approach and ideas at the Autism Association, regional training centres as well as many parent care groups.

Invested in his clinical skills and knowledge base, Alvin continues to seek to continue to improve himself as a clinician. He is also invested as an educator. He has had the privilege to co-present with the renowned author of the “Out of Sync Child” series, Carol Kranowitz and was one of two key presenters in the Indonesian National Occupational Therapy Conference in 2010. He also continues to mentor and provide supervision to students and professionals from Canada, Europe and South East Asia.

Clinically, he is presently experienced with these:

  • * Astronaut Training: A Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol
  • * Sensory Defensiveness, Sensory Modulation & Sensory Processing
  • * Therapeutic Listening Program
  • * Samonas Sound Therapy
  • * Alert Program for Self Regulation
  • * MORE : Integrating the mouth with sensory-postural function
  • * Play – Theory, Assessment and Intervention
  • * Interactive Metronome
  • * The Developmental, Individual-differences, Relationship-based (DIR) model (Floortime Approach)
  • * Feeding, Oral Motor, Interactive Sensory Oral Motor Therapy
  • * CranioSacral Therapy
  • * Early Intervention Program
  • * Mediated Learning Experience
  • * Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance
  • * Social Thinking
  • * School AMPS (Assessment of Motor and Process Skills)

He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Clinical Director
Principal Occupational Therapist 
Insight N Access Pte Ltd

MSc. (Occupational Therapy)
BSc. (Occupational Therapy) SIPT (USA)
OTR (USA), AHPC (S’pore, Full Registration)
AIOTA Certified Handle Practitioner (USA)
Certified Emmet Practitioner (Australia)

Anita Leo has been working as an Occupational Therapist since graduating in 1997, with more than 18 years of experience working with children with special needs. Her extensive experience includes working with parents and children with a wide range of challenges including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disabilities, PDDNOS, Sensory Processing Disorders, Multiple Disabilities, Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Syndromes, Epilepsy, Developmental Delay, Visual Motor Difficulties, Global Developmental Delay, Intellectual Difficulties, Coordination Difficulties and Handwriting Difficulties.

Anita has been working with children in mainstream, special school and gifted programs, age ranging from 4 months onwards to young adults. Anita works with children and young adults from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. She also has experience in various working systems while working in a national hospital setup, nonprofit organization, local mainstream and international school setups in Singapore.

Anita is trained in specialised areas such as Sensory Integration, SAMONAS Sound Therapy, Floortime approach, Play Therapy, Handwriting Without Tears, Art Therapy, Wilbarger TheraPressure Protocol, HANDLE approach, Braingym, RMT and EMMET.

Using a blend of these approaches, she customises a holistic approach to engage the child targeting various senses and assists the child to meet the demands of age appropriate goals. Anita strongly believes in constant upgrading of her professional skills, in order to provide the most updated care for her clients.

Anita believes in the use of the medium of Music, Art and Dance movements as well as sensory exploration incorporated into play, during her work with non-verbal children and children with sensory needs.

Anita is a keen advocate for the inclusion of children with disabilities into mainstream education. She specializes in the use of assistive technology in both classroom, work and home environment. She has conducted numerous workshops for professionals, parents, teachers and volunteers on the awareness of, and use of, accessible electronic and information technology. She has conducted workshops in areas such as handwriting difficulties, seating assessment, wheelchair modifications and handling techniques.

Anita has carried out environmental accessibility assessments and provided recommendations and facilitated modifications for barrier free access in home, school and corporate companies.

Anita is a strong advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and is very active in disability sports. She is the International Federation Disability Sports (IFDS) national classifier for paralympic sailing as well as an International Paralympics Committee (IPC) classifier for athletic events.

Anita has worked as a clinical supervisor and supervised students in both Diploma (Nanyang Polytechnic) and Masters programs (Curtin University).

She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Paediatric Physiotherapist, NZRPT, C/NDT (paeds)

Janell is a physiotherapist with more than 10 years of paediatric experience having worked in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand with a diverse group of children in a variety of settings such as acute hospital (neonatal ICU and special care nursery), school, pre-school, community and home. She is NDT(neurodevelopment treatment) certified and is a certified infant massage instructor. Her special interest is in treating children with developmental delays and cerebral palsy.  She is a firm believer in early intervention with these children to help them achieve their highest quality of life.

Janell’s scope of practice includes working with premature infants, children with developmental delays, neuromuscular conditions, cerebral palsy, congenital syndromes, brain injury, muscular dystrophy and developmental coordination disorders. She also manages children with orthopaedic conditions such as torticollis (wry neck), club feet, Erb’s Palsy and scoliosis. She has experience in managing children with cerebral palsy post-botox injections or post surgical procedures.

Janell teaches handling techniques and positioning to caregivers. She recommends suitable adaptive equipment, mobility aids and orthotics and teaches clients how to use them.

She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Education:  BHSc Physiotherapy (University of Sydney)           

Others:  

New Zealand registered physiotherapist
Singapore registered physiotherapist
NDT certified in Paediatrics

Maureen is the Founder and Executive Director at Pawsibility Pte Ltd. Pawsiblity specializes in the use of Animal Assisted Therapy in conducting counselling and social emotional learning programmes for children and youth aged 4-20 years old.

Working alongside her is her therapy dog Telly, who is a friendly and playful Labrador Retriever Mix. As a team, they have been working extensively with individuals, families and groups in the United States and in Singapore.

Both Maureen and Telly were trained in the United States of America. Maureen obtained her Master of Social Work and Certificate in Animal Assisted Social Work from the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work.

Her focus at Graduate School was clinical work with families, with an emphasis in animal assisted interventions. Maureen was also the recipient of the PJ & Hart Loving Bond Award and Scholarship.

In addition, Maureen received her training in Animal Assisted Play Therapy at the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy.

Maureen plays an active role in serving the local community. She is the advisor to local charity, SOSD's Healing Paws Animal Assisted Activities programme, equipping owners and their pets to visit with various charitable organisations.

She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

S.W.I.M. Movement, Club O.A.S.I.S
AUSTSWIM certified Aquatic Educator

Jeremy Tan graduated from Nottingham Trent University and Staffordshire University in Business Admin major in marketing, formerly a competitive swimmer and waterpolo player in his schooldays and represented the ARMY ‘Signal Formation’ in 1997-1998. He enjoys sports and outdoor activities. He took on Triathlon training to overcome his phobia to swim in the sea during his university days, however, it was cut short due to back injuries. In 2007, he was the co-team manager for Punggol Central CSC swim team for the annual swim Meet.

Being a professional swim coach had never crossed his mind until one of his close friends died of cancer in 2002. It dawned onto him to help people in need. His first voluntary job was to assist a swimming coach to teach children with disabilities in 2002 with Singapore Disability Sports Council. SDSC has sent Jeremy for the ‘AUSTSWIM’ teaching people with disabilities accreditation course. In 2003, Jeremy has joined APS Swim School under Mr Ang Peng Siong as a swim teacher before setting up the S.W.I.M Movement in 2013.

In 2012, Jeremy developed the “S.W.I.M DAD Programme(Safety in Water Inclusive Model) while he  engaged his son in the water by chance. The S.W.I.M DAD programme has built a closer tie between him and his son. S.W.I.M DAD Programme was a interactive programme which helps his son to love and enjoy the water without fear. Like him, his son has aqua phobia.

Jeremy is currently the principal S.W.I.M educator at SWIM MOVEMENT. His focus is always on the overall wellness of a learner. Besides, developing the right swim technique, the learners will benefit from “indirect front-loading the experience” swim programme.

Jeremy has collaborated with another experience Special need swim educator, Mr Danny Ong , Former Team Manager for Para Games, Beijing to setup a Social enterprise, CLUB O.A.S.I.S to reach out to more disadvantage families in Singapore in 2014.

He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Various terms are used interchangeably when referring to a person who is differently abled. Sometimes, he is referred to as a person with disability (PWD), and sometimes as a person with special needs.

To avoid too much confusion, we provide some information on the disability terms we use or reference to in Special Seeds.

We generally follow the disability terms used by SGenable.

Type of Disability

Definition

What is Visual Disability?

This comprises visual impairment that ranges from low vision to blindness.

What is Hearing Disability?

This comprises hearing impairment that ranges from profound to complete hearing loss.

What is Learning Disability?

A learning disability is a congenital disorder and is not acquired. One is usually diagnosed with a learning disability as a child, when his/her pace of learning is affected.

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

One is usually diagnosed with ASD as an infant or child. ASD severely impairs thinking, feeling, language, and the ability to relate to others, and affects basic areas of psychological developments. ASD can present itself through different symptoms such as poor social interaction, poor verbal and nonverbal communication, repetitive behaviours or interests, and unusual responses to sensory experiences.

What do Multiple Disabilities refer to?

This refers to a combination of two or more types of disabilities. For example, cerebral palsy is a condition that affects the control of movement, but is occasionally accompanied by mental impairment. A multiple disability is either congenital or acquired due to external factors such as a brain injury.

We respect individual writer's preference on how they would like themselves (if they are differently abled) or their loved ones to be identified. Hence in our content in the ezine, you may see some interchangeable use of the term disability with the term "special needs". When in doubt, just know that they reference to one and the same population who are differently abled in Singapore. We try not to be overtly fussy about this and choose to focus instead on the key messages the writers wish to convey in their contributions.

To us, persons with some form of disability be it visual, hearing, sensory or multiple disabilities that impact their daily living, have the same meaning as the term of reference "persons with special needs".

This ezine serves this special population and their caregivers.

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