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SP - Nurturing an inclusive caring community

SP - Nurturing an inclusive caring community

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SP - Nurturing an inclusive caring community

  1. 1. The recent opening of the Special Education Needs (SEN) Centre was another milestone in SP's vision to build an inclusive caring community. The $200,000 facility, which took two years to set up, is the first-of-its-kind among the institutes of higher learning Nurturing an Inclusive Caring Community During the opening ceremony
  2. 2. Understanding Special Education Needs A student is considered to have SEN when these three conditions are present: (i) diagnosed with an impairment; (ii) shows greater difficulty in learning compared to most of his peers of his age; (iii) requires different or additional resources beyond what is generally available for most of his peers of his age. Some of the common impairments among children in Singapore include autism spectrum disorders, visual impairment, cerebral palsy, dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Understanding the individual student's needs, strengths and difficulties can help us to decide the right kind of support and assistance we can offer him. (Source: A Parent's Guide to Choosing the Right School for Children with Special Educational Needs) Nurturing an Inclusive Caring Community Opening address by Mr Clarence Chua, Director, Department of Student Services Activities were held at the SEN Centre during the opening
  3. 3. Nurturing an Inclusive Caring Community There are currently about 400 full-time students with special education needs and the centre aims to provide a one-stop, dedicated service to this group of students. Clarence Chua, Director, Department of Student Services, also shared, "We wanted a special place for them to feel comfortable, and be able to train together and manage themselves.“ This facility has a range of resources such as assistive devices that allows a student with hearing difficulties to amplify a lecturer's voice; a mini "telescope" to help a visually- impaired student to see the whiteboard better; or a device that captures and magnifies text and pictures for the user. Diploma in Infocomm Security Management student Kho Sock Teng, who was born with low vision, demonstrates the use of an assistive technology device for vision loss.
  4. 4. Nurturing an Inclusive Caring Community About 500 staff members have also been trained to offer assistance to these SEN students. There are upcoming plans to organise more workshops for staff to better identify and manage the growing number of SEN students. The centre is located near SP Auditorium Lounge. Special Education Advisor, Charles Rajan, also shared during his interview with Straits Times, that the conceptualisation of the SEN Centre was gradually formed when the SEN initiatives first started two years ago. Before the centre was launched, most of the help that they were able to render were limited and generic, as they may not have the necessary staff and equipment back then. It was through various interactions and observations that they realised that a dedicated space for this growing group of students is essential.
  5. 5. Nurturing an Inclusive Caring Community Diploma in Biotechnology student Ng Li Jie, diagnosed with mild autism, hopes that the opening of this centre will help to raise awareness of the challenges that SEN students go through and foster an inclusive community. Under the SEN fund introduced in March 2014 for polytechnic and ITE students with physical or sensory-related disabilities, students can receive up to $5,000 to buy assistive devices, while those with visual or hearing disabilities can get up to $25,000. Li Jie has a strong passion in arts and science since young. He aspires to become a painter or scientist in the future.
  6. 6. www.sp.edu.sg Singapore Polytechnic 500 Dover Road Singapore 139651 tel. (65) 6775 1133 fax. (65) 6870 6189
  7. 7. www.sp.edu.sg Singapore Polytechnic 500 Dover Road Singapore 139651 tel. (65) 6775 1133 fax. (65) 6870 6189

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