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MINDS has several services and facilities for our pupils after they graduate from MINDS Schools at the age of 18. The core of our adults’ services is to develop the vocational skills and employability of our clients so as to enable them to maximise their potential and fulfill their aspirations. We also aim to advance the development and well-being of adults with intellectual disability, as well as to empower them to participate as fully as possible in society.
Upon their graduation from MINDS School, our pupils either proceed to be admitted to our Employment Development Centres (EDCs) or Training and Development Centres (TDCs) for vocational and social skills training.
MINDS EDCs were set up to promote the social and economic integration of adults with intellectual disabilities, aged 18 years and above, into gainful mainstream activities, so as to enable them to lead a meaningful life independently. The EDCs serve individuals who are independent in their daily living skills of self-maintenance, such as personal hygiene, grooming etc. The activities of the EDCs are geared towards programmes that empower the vocational ability of our clients. MINDS currently has three EDCs serving about 1,000 clients.
For adults with intellectual disability who requires higher level of support and greater specialised intervention, MINDS TDCs deliver more than a typical Day Activity Centre – they provide training in Activities of Daily Living Skills, Community Living Skills, Social and Recreational Skills as well as Pre-vocational Skills training programs.
MINDS four TDCs currently serve some 200 clients, allowing their families and caregivers to pursue their careers during the weekdays.
On top of running the centres and programmes for our clients, MINDS also manages a Residential Service at MINDSville@Napiri to provide accommodation, care, supervision and rehabilitation for adults with intellectual disability.
We also have a MINDS Social Enterprise department that looks into ensuring an additional avenue of securing employment for our trainees. The department took upon itself to self-create job opportunities for our trainees. It is ideal, but a challenge as well, to place our trainees out in the open employment, given the limited scope of things they can do and other practical factors. The Social Enterprise projects which started back in 2000 are meant to help our trainees be engaged vocationally in something meaningful to them.
Last but not least, to efficiently reach our mission and objectives, MINDS has a team of Allied Health Professionals (AHP), consisting of psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapsists, language therapists, social workers and nurses, to provide the professional care and services for our clients with special needs.
Individuals with intellectual disability aged 18 years and above whom are independent in mobility and daily living skills such as toileting, feeding and personal grooming. They must have a minimum attention span of 20 minutes with no tendencies towards aggressive or destructive behaviours.
MINDS runs 6 Training & Development Centres (TDCs) and they are located in Ang Mo Kio, Clementi, Eunos, Hougang, Jurong and Tampines. The 6 centres serve adult clients with intellectual disability (age 18 years and above) who display more challenging behaviours and require greater specialized intervention to enhance their independence in daily living skills such as personal grooming, toileting, hygiene, and adaptive behaviours.
Included in the training programmes are community living skills, social/recreational skills as well as pre-vocational skills. Extensive training is provided through a multi-disciplinary team of allied health professionals to regulate behaviours and improve independent living skills so that in time, some may eventually be transferred to the Employment Development Centres (EDCs). The core focus of the service is to promote the social integration of these adults into gainful mainstream activities, so as to enable them to lead a meaningful life independently.
Persons with intellectual disability who are ambulant, have the ability to acquire self-help skills, have no serious medical or contagious conditions, exhibit no psychotic behaviour, and demonstrate no violent or destructive behaviours are accepted into the TDCs.