ADULT SERVICES

EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT CENTRES

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 fulfil 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.


PROGRAMMES

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.

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. 

 

ADMISSION

The following basic admission criteria should be met:

  • the applicant must be a Singapore citizen or permanent resident regardless of race, language or religion;
  • the applicant should have a disability pertaining to developmental or intellectual condition (IQ level less than 70);
  • the applicant should be between 18 to 55 years old;
  • the applicant should be certified by a doctor to have no serious medical or infectious condition;
  • the applicant should be independent in mobility and daily living skills such as toileting, feeding and personal grooming;
  • the applicant should be able to concentrate on work tasks for a minimum of 20 minutes each time.

Priority will be given to graduates from MINDS SPED Schools.

For assistance on referral procedures, you may contact SG Enable - an agency which provides referral services for adult disability schemes at 1800 8585 885 or ad.services@sgenable.sg.

 

TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT CENTRES

PROGRAMMES

MINDS runs 8 Training & Development Centres (TDCs) and they are located in Ang Mo Kio, Clementi, Eunos, Faber, Napiri, Jurong, Tampines and Yishun. The 8 centres serve adult clients with intellectual disability (19 years old 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.

ADMISSION

Persons with intellectual disability (19 years old and above) who are ambulant, have the ability to acquire self-help skills, certified by a doctor to have no serious medical or contagious conditions, exhibit no psychotic behaviour, and demonstrate no violent or destructive behaviours are accepted into the TDCs. Priority will be given for MINDS SPED Schools. The applicant must be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident; if the applicant is Singapore Permanent Resident, at least one immediate family member, ie parent or sibling, of the applicant must be a Singapore Citizen.

Please contact a social worker from a touchpoint, ie Voluntary Welfare Organisation, Hospital, etc, for assistance in submitting an application for MINDS TDCs. Alternatively, please contact SG Enable at 1800 8585 885 or ad.services@sgenable.sg for more information or assistance.

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