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.
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.
Bachelor of Science/ Diploma in Education
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.
Masters of Education (Special Needs), University of Sheffield.
Graduate Diploma (Psychology), University of Sydney
Bachelor of Science (Psychology), University of Melbourne
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.
Master in Business Administration (MBA), University of Adelaide
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical and Computer Systems, Monash University Australia
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!”
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?