Ensure the disadvantaged can maximise their potential: Halimah
It is important to ensure the vulnerable and disadvantaged are given opportunities to maximise their potential in order to have a truly inclusive society, said President Halimah Yacob in a Facebook post yesterday.
She had visited the Eden Centre for Adults in Clementi earlier in the day.
The centre caters to adults with moderate to severe autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and provides training and support in aspects such as adaptive living, health and fitness, community living and vocational training skills.
It also hopes to achieve quality and long-term outcomes for adults with autism and their families.
Madam Halimah, who noted that it was difficult to create a one-size-fits-all programme for each person who has autism as everyone is affected differently, said: "I am glad to see that Eden Centre has a suite of social, recreational and work-related activities that support individualised needs in an autism-friendly environment."
During her visit, she met several people with autism in the middle of their activities.
"While the severity of their ASD means that most are unable to secure sustainable employment, I am heartened to see a few of them still take part in vocational projects, such as laser cutting and leather stitching, at their own pace," said Madam Halimah.
She received a personalised woodcraft tag with her name laser-engraved on it from Mr Davin Yeap, 30, who had been learning to operate a laser-cutting machine for more than a month.
She also met Mr Joshua Ng, 23, who was doing leather stitching, and Mr James Khor, 32, who was chopping onions as part of learning to cook for himself independently.
"I hope to see more organisations and individuals play their part to support such individuals and seek ways to empower them to lead meaningful and dignified lives," said Madam Halimah, who also met the centre's coaches and staff.