Enabling Masterplan 2012-2016 adopts a life-course approach starting with the early pre-school years, then to the education and employment phase of life, and the adult and ageing years. The Masterplan identifies the needs of persons with disabilities at every phase of life, as well as gaps in the current landscape. We have recommended policies, programmes and services to plug the gaps. We have also studied the needs of caregivers so as to support families in caring for persons with disabilities. We have also looked at how persons with disabilities can pursue healthy lifestyles so they can have a good quality of life.
The Singapore Government has made the call for Singapore to become an inclusive society. It is said that the maturity of a society is reflected in the way it treats and supports those who are disadvantaged. It is on these premises that the Enabling Masterplan is built upon, focusing on a very special group of people in our country - those with disabilities and who should be supported to reach their full potential and be included as part of Singapore.
The Steering Committee for the Enabling Masterplan was formed in September 2006 to enhance the integration of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Singapore and to maximise their potential for independent living. In its Report, the Committee puts forth, for the Government's consideration, recommendations that seek to achieve these aims.
Info Package On Medishield Session - September 2008
A MediShield Information Session Session was conducted in Sept 2008 by the Ministry of Health and CPF Board at the request of Autism Resource Centre (Singapore). Many families with special needs children are unclear about the latter's coverage under the MediShield.
Much information was shared.
It is clear that whilst people with special needs are covered, MediShield in general does not cover medical claims related to any congenital or pre-existing illnesses at the time of entry to the scheme.
Some volunteers including those from ARC have started researching on other alternate schemes locally and overseas.
In the meanwhile, families who have any further queries especially on specific cases can consult Ministry of Health and CPF Board directly.
Enhancing the Financial Security of Persons with Special Needs
Parents Workgroup Report - October 2006
On 19 July 2006, the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS)
announced the formation of a Parents’ Workgroup to gather and analyse the view of
parents on enhancing the financial security of their child with special needs; and to
recommend initiatives to enhance the financial security of persons with special needs.
The Workgroup was expected to submit their recommendations to MCYS in September
2006 for consideration. This paper is our report of the key findings and recommendations
to the Minister of MCYS, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.