MEDIA COVERAGE

Media Articles 2016

20 January 2016
TODAY published an article on the handover of the Appropriate Adult service to MINDS after a successful pilot run by the Law Society of Singapore.

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13 January 2016,
The Straits Times published an article on the proposed changes to the Mental Capacity Act. CEO was quoted in article.

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12 January 2016
Channel News Asia also published an article on the Mental Capacity Act. MSF quoted that it would be “working with the Courts and the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled in Singapore (MINDS) to help parents of MINDS students apply for deputyship on their own at a lower cost”.

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Media Articles 2015

23 December 2015
Mediacorp Channel 5's "Not the 5 Show’s” production crew and Mediacorp Artiste and host Chua Enlai came to MINDS Wash on 22 December to try out the carwash service and promote it as its Christmas featurette on the programme. Broadcasted the very next day on 23 December 2015.
(MINDS was featured around the 43rd minute mark)

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4 December 2015
The North East CDC and NTUC FairPrice Foundation co-organised the Wish Upon a Silver Star project which raises money to buy essential items for 150 beneficiaries from various organizations. Each beneficiary will receive about $670 worth of items. Seven clients from MINDS received such items. The event was held at IDEA EDC event coverage was published by the Straits Times.

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2 December 2015
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was the Guest-of-Honour at the official launch of the Enabling Village, Singapore’s first community space for people with disabilities. The centre is a collaboration with MINDS, Autism Resource Centre, and Society for the Physically Disabled. The article was published by TODAY.

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1 December 2015
The first ever one-north Run 2015 was held on 29th November 2015 at one-north park: Mediapolis. Jointly organized by (A*STAR) and JTC Corporation raised over $150,000 MINDS and three other organizations. CEO collected the cheque. Event was published on Biotechin Asia on 1 December 2015.

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21 November 2015
MINDSville resident Weikang and father Mr Chua were invited to be the story lead in Medishield Life’s new infomercial. The series was broadcasted on Mediacorp Channel 8 on 21 November 2015. It was also shared by MSF via Facebook.

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6-7 November 2015
Seven distinguished home-grown directors had produced a seven short film compilation entitled ‘7 Letters’. The film received much praise and media recognition. MINDS has been chosen as one of the seven beneficiaries of the ticket sales proceeds. $250,000 has been raised so far. MINDS was mentioned in the latest media release where producers have gone to rally the public to purchase the Box-sets. Covered by both the Straits Times and Asia One from 6-7 November 2015.

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2 November 2015
The Straits Times published its main coverage/featurette on Purple Parade 2015. MINDS Hi-Job! Client Jason Goh (who works at ION Uniqlo) was the main interviewee. His accomplishment of being presented by the Company with the distinguished Best in Customer Service award was highlighted by the media house.

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18 October 2015
Lianhe Zaobao published an event coverage article on MINDS’ Volunteer Donor Appreciation Day which was held on 17 October 2015.

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13 October 2015
Leading up to Purple Parade 2015, The Straits Times published several articles of preparatory activities and festivities leading up to the event. MINDS was featured as one of the beneficiaries involved in Purple Parade 2015.

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11 October 2015
The Straits Times published an article on the struggles of aging caregivers. The feature’s main interviewee was MINDS senior social worker Ms Jamila Mustaffa and her family.

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29 September 2015
TODAY published a commentary from a member of public under the VOICES section welcoming the new Caregivers Support Services Centre at MINDS.

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18 - 19 September 2015
MINDS opened its first Caregivers Support Services Centre and its fifth day activity centre at the Kembangan-Chai Chee Community Hub. The centre's opening was reported on 18 to 19 September 2015 on the Straits Times, TODAY, Channel News Asia, Asia One, Lianhe Zaobao, Berita Harian, Mediacorp English, Chinese and Malay News Radio.

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August 2015
The Straits Times ran an exclusive story on MINDS’ first beneficiary and abled-bodied volunteer engagement initiative entitled "Opening Hearts and MINDS 2015”. This is MINDS coordinated initiative to get its students and adult clients - from MV, EDCs and the TDCs - to contribute to society, and also to integrate and socialise with able-bodied volunteers through mainstream school or corporate partnerships. The story was also picked up and republished by Asia One. MINDS had shared the story on its official Facebook page. NVPC, SG Cares and 18 others re-shared the article on their social media pages.

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14 August 2015
Asia One ran an article on SPH’s Gift of Music event. MINDS Taiko Drummers’ collaboration with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s was featured in the article.

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10 August 2015
The Straits Times ran an article on Deputyship Powers and featured MINDS as its main interviewee. The article stated that legal costs for parents seeking deputyship powers have been slashed dramatically as the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) started a pilot project to have volunteer undergraduate law students do the legal work instead of lawyers. CEO of MINDS was quoted in the article.

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3 August 2015
The Straits Times published an article on MINDS’ Warehouse Project with Samsui Supplies and Services - a Soup Restaurant subsidiary, on meaningful projects that 50 for 50 were helping. The story was re-published on 4 August by Asia One.

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31 July - 2 August 2015
MINDS Taiko Drummers were invited to be part of the Purple Symphony. The 83-strong unit includes 67 with special needs such as autism and intellectual disabilities were assembled to perform for several key 2015 events such as the ASEAN Para Games. MINDS involvement was highlighted in several media runs between 31 July to 2 August on Asia One, Straits Times and TODAY.

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21 July 2015
MINDS was one of six organizations chosen to lend a hand in packing 36,000 of this year’s SG50 NDP Funpacks under the ‘A Funpack from Me to You’ project. The Funpacks included a message about MINDS, which recipients were encouraged to reply to. The SAF invited MINDS to co-front the publicity initiative with Down Syndrome Association. It was reported on 22 July 2015 on: Channel News Asia, TODAY, Asia One and The New Paper.

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2 July 2015
MINDS was mentioned in Innovations a potential game-changer in workplace healthcare on the use of wearable technology, e.g. T-jacket in MINDS schools. TODAY and Channel News Asia both featured the innovation.

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16 June 2015
The Coldstream Guards (the famous guards who guard Buckingham Palace) visited MINDS with several members of the British High Commission on 15 June. Clients and staff were given the opportunity to take pictures with guards. The visit was reported on the print version of the Straits Times on 16 June 2015.

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16 June 2015
MINDS has been chosen as one of the seven charities linked to seven local filmmakers involved in the film project 7 Letters who will donate all proceeds of the premiere screenings of their film benefit organizations. Story was reported on 16 June on TODAY and Channel News Asia.

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28 May 2015
TODAY published an article on the travel collaboration between MINDS and travel management company - Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Five low income families with children with intellectual disability got to travel overseas for the first time last weekend from 20 to 22 May 2015. The aim was to provide an invaluable opportunity for families with little or no financial means or support to travel and create memories with their loved ones. The article was also featured online on Channel News Asia. The Malay Mail Online featured it as well.

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24 May 2015
Straits Times covered MINDS Sports 2015 – one of MINDS’ main SG50 celebration events where 1,250 clients, caregivers, staff and supporters gathered for a large celebratory sporting event.

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18 May 2015
Straits Times' published which detailed the current challenges of a decreasing demand for contract work for PWIDs. It also featured the SIA Headsets recycling project and its scaling down due to industry shifts was featured on print and online on 18 May. It was also featured on Asia One.

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3 May 2015
Tech online publication Techgoondu published an article on DELL’s partnership and sponsorship of products and software to MINDS schools and centres. Interviewees included Dells VP Mr Ng Tian Beng, CEO of MINDS, Mr Keh Eng Song and a MINDS trainee.

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23 April 2015,
Athletes from the Table Tennis Association of Singapore and MP Ellen Lee visited MINDS Woodlands Gardens School to conduct a recreational press event with students. Athletes included star player Feng Tianwei. MINDS was mentioned in The New Paper and AsiaOne's sports article on the SEA Games on 24 April.

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22 March 2015
Straits Times, Channel News Asia and Lianhe Zaobao reported on MINDS fronting the campaign in support of World Down Syndrome Day. MINDS rallied supporters to wear colourful socks from 20-27 March and coordinated engagement efforts with various schools and corporates to partner MINDS in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day by organizing engagement activities and/or take part in social media campaign.

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11 March 2015
Channel News Asia broadcasted a featurette on MINDS sales of merchandise for SEA Games. Manager for MINDS Social Enterprise,Leroy Lee was the spokesperson. MINDS Craft trainees had produced acrylic paintings and totebags for the SEA Games merchandise store.

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3 March 2015
Straits Times published an aticle on community based services featuring MINDS Community Group Home and Home-based care services.

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14 February 2015
Straits Times’ LIFE! published an article on MINDS’ Chinese New Year baked and craft goods namely, pineapple tarts and handcrafted hongbaos. Asiaone republished the article on 15 Feb.

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30 January 2015
Straits Times and Asia One reported on the new Appropriate Adult (AA) Pilot Scheme with reference to quote from CEO of MINDS, Mr Keh Eng Song. The scheme recruits volunteers to assist persons with intellectual disabilities or mental issues during police interviews. Latest Update: The Law Society has transferred the administration of the service to MINDS.

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29 January 2015
Radio 95.8 broadcasted a radio interview session with CEO of MINDS, Mr Keh Eng Song and clients from MINDS Bakers on MINDS Social Enterprises’ baked products for the festive season.

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2014 News

19 June 2014

MINDS first ever involvement in the National Day Parade this year is reported by various news sites such as The Straits Times (via AsiaOne) and the Malaysian Digest.

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19 June 2014

Fighters from Evolve MMA bring joy to the beneficiaries of MINDS and non-governmental organizations through its Evolve Community Outreach Program. As reported on Yahoo! Sports.

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4 June 2014

This New Paper reporter shares his experiences after a five-sided game of football with the boys from MINDS Towner Gardens School.

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18 May 2014

MINDS’ very own (Special) Olympic athlete shares his experiences and the important things in his life in this Sunday Times report.

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31 March 2014

A recent shopping trip for our MINDS kids and the collaboration with Uniqlo for open employment opportunities are the highlights of this report by The Straits Times.

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4 March 2014

Our very own MINDS client, Jason Goh shares with The New Paper about his life experiences and his thoughts on being the first person with a disability to win a customer service award from the company.

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18 March 2014

How the new subsidiaries may be beneficial for our clients and their families, as reported by The Straits Times.

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27 January 2014

CEO Mr Keh Eng Song shares with TODAY newspaper about his plans for the upcoming fifth Training and Development Centre.

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22 January 2014

Our MINDS social enterprise programmes are featured in the article by The Straits Times that highlights the benefits of these social enterprise programmes.

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2013 News

8 November 2013

Students of Lee Kong Chian Gardens School reap the fruits of their labour as the school won "Lotus Award" at the School Green Awards ceremony. The Straits Times reports on the pride of winning this award.

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18 October 2013

Disabled who goes to day-care centres on the part-time basis are now eligible for government subsidies. TODAY finds out how it can be beneficial to our clients in MINDS and their families.

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16 October 2013

Our students from Lee Kong Chien Gardens Schools are examples of how a customised arts-based curriculum for special needs students are beneficial, reports Channel NewsAsia, TODAY and The Straits Times.

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8 October 2013

MINDS and McDonald’s collaborates to prepare our students to be ready for open employment, as reported by TODAY and The Straits Times.

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9 October 2013

National Council of Social Service (NCSS) has volunteers who help vulnerable people, such as the intellectually disabled, in criminal investigations. One of them shares his experience in this report by The Straits Times.

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30 September 2013

10 charities, including MINDS’ Lee Kong Chian Gardens School, received 400 refurbished laptops from IT service provider NCS, as reported by The Straits Times.

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28 August 2013

A parent of an intellectually disabled son shares with The New Paper about how they are dependent on the son’s income as a cleaner and how MINDS could help in the long term.

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24 August 2013

Our CEO Mr Keh Eng Song speaks to TODAY on his hopes on what the autism insurance scheme may lead to.

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12 August 2013

A reader expresses his views and agreement with CEO Mr Keh, over the long waiting list for people with disabilities.

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10 August 2013

MINDS is keeping a close eye on the long waiting list for training places and shelters for people with disabilities, reports TODAY.

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30 July 2013

McDonald’s allow customers to buy happy meals to redeem the Minions toy and donate the meals, worth an estimate $20,000, to MINDS.

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16 May 2013

Burnt out and stressed caregivers are given a boost as the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) is looking for more ways to further support to relieve their burden, reports TODAY.

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18th April 2013

Our Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Director Dr Hoili Lim believes her confidence in the ability of the MINDS staffs to detect any deviation from usual behaviour, reports MIND your BODY, The Straits Times.

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19 March 2013

A pilot scheme to help vulnerable people, such as a person with intellectual or mental disabilities, during criminal investigations, will start trial around the middle of the year, reports The Straits Times.

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8 March 2013

A study between the National University of Singapore (NUS) and MINDS have revealed that adults with intellectual disabilities are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases, reports The Straits Times.

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5 March 2013

Students of Yishun Junior College managed to raise at least $40,000 through fun and games at for charities that includes MINDS, reports The Sunday Times.

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15 February 2013

Twelve participants from MINDS was part of the Amazing Race designed for people with special needs will be held on Total Defence Day, as reported by The New Paper.

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2012 News

10 October 2012

A NIE study on post-special education will be conducted by the National University of Singapore and MINDS, as reported by The Straits Times.

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9 July 2012

Our very own MINDS IT Manager Mr Louis Chow receives an award for saving a life, reports The New Paper.

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2011 News

19 December 2011

The MINDS Towner Gardens School Pilot Project involving the use of Apple’s iPad to teach students math, art skills, speech therapy and social behavior was reported by TodayOnline.

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31 October 2011

Shell Singapore and its industry partners raised a sum of $1.2 million for causes such as The Straits Times’ School Pocket Money Fund and the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore, as former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew emphasis the need for Singapore to be relevant, reports My Paper.

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18 April 2011

Kiehls’ & JJ Lin Charity Collaboration for MINDS

Maintaining its long-standing tradition of supporting children’s causes, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care, is pleased to announce a collaboration with multi-talented Singer-Songwriter, JJ Lin, to raise funds for the children from Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), in April 2011.

Kiehl’s is working closely with JJ Lin to come up with a specially-designed Jumbo Charity Pack to coincide with the launch of Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++ 60ml. Kiehl’s is happy to donate 100% of the nett proceeds from the sale of this Charity pack to MINDS to provide educational support for children with intellectual disability, as well as raise awareness for this cause. In addition, Kiehl’s is inviting customers to pledge their support for the children from MINDS on www.kiehlstimes.com from 6-30 April 2011.

On 14 Feb 2011, Valentines’ Day, JJ Lin made a special visit with Kiehl’s to Towner Gardens School to spread love and cheer to the school children. During the visit, JJ facilitated a cooking class and guided the students as they whipped up a simple meal. He also led the students in a sing-a-long session during a music class. The visit culminated in a ‘Wall Mural’ activity, involving JJ, Kiehl’s and the students from MINDS placing their hand-prints on a canvas painting as a sign of commitment to always inspire and encourage children - that they are not alone and that there are people who genuinely care for them and are willing to lend a helping hand.

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