05 Nov '11, 2pm

S$1m set aside for schemes for elderly, special needs group

SINGAPORE: The North East Community Development Council (CDC) is looking at better ways to provide social support for residents, in particular, the elderly, youths, and those with special needs. It has formed what it calls, community circles, to brainstorm ideas. It is also setting aside over S$1 million to fund the projects. Groups such as the Singapore Association for the Deaf will be roped into the community circles to come up with customised programmes that better cater to their needs. "I hope the hearing (impaired) and deaf people can integrate through programmes like sports and cooking to promote awareness, so that the minds (of employers) can be more open and they can accept deaf people in employment," said Rosalind Foo and Pet Tan, members of the Singapore Association for the Deaf, who communicated via sign language. Other special needs groups that will be looked a...

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