Established in 1970, AWWA (formerly known as Asian Women’s Welfare Association) is a non-profit organisation with the mission to empower the disadvantaged in order to maximise their potential to lead dignified and independent lives by:

1. Empowering children with special needs and multiple disabilities with education and development

2. Enabling the elderly to age gracefully by caring for both their health and social needs

3. Supporting families in crisis and caregivers 

4. Advocating for an inclusive society in Singapore

Today, AWWA serves over 6,000 beneficiaries a year, from infants to seniors. To achieve AWWA’s objective, AWWA’s Resource & Training Centre was set up to make knowledge and skills in special needs and learning disabilities readily accessible and affordable to the public.

At the Resource Centre, you will find over 4,000 resources inclusive of books, audio visuals, professional journals and teaching aids on specials needs, physical and mental disabilities as well as learning differences. Books from both mainstream and niche publishers are made available. The Resource Centre is open to the public with a lifetime membership fee of S$12.00. Read the terms and conditions of membership.

You can view the available resources and make reservation online here.


The RTC also organises workshops on various topics for parents of special needs children as well as educational professionals.

‘Play is a child’s work’

– Jean Piaget

Studies have shown that a child’s communication, cognitive, motor and reading skills can be improved through play.

From just a cupboard full of toys in a classroom, AWWA’s Toy Library now has more than 1,000 toys in stock at the centre. Most of which are purchased based on the advice from the AWWA therapists. Toys at the Toy Library are categorised into different domains for example, fine motor, gross motor, pre-vocational skills. Some of the toys are even modified in order to help the child improve on a specific skill. 

The Toy Library is opened to the public with an annual membership fee of S$12.00. Members may borrow up to four toys for a maximum loan period of four weeks. Read the terms and conditions of membership.

Here’s what some
of our patrons say:

The books at the RTC are relevant and you can find more than what is available at the local libraries.

– Agnes, a frequent participant of our workshops and mother of a primary school boy

Toys are costly. At the RTC, I can borrow a variety and some of which I can’t find elsewhere.

– Jim, father of a boy in AWWA’s Early Intervention Centre

Susanna Kho for AWWA

Established in 1970, AWWA is a non-profit organisation that aims to empower the disadvantaged to maximise their potential to lead dignified and independent lives. Today, AWWA serves over 6,000 clients a year - enhancing the quality of lives of children and youth with special needs and disabilities with education and development, caring for families, caregivers and seniors with health and social needs, and advocating for an inclusive community.

AWWA is a registered charity with an Institution of Public Character (IPC) status.

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