MEDIA COVERAGE

Media Articles 2017

10 August 2017
The Straits Times did an interview on Mrs Nirmala Gopiendran as part of their “The Lives They Live” series. SARC, now known as MINDS, was the first social service organization that Mrs Gopi worked in that led to her 4 decades of service in this sector.

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8 August 2017
Berita Harian interviewed MINDS Taiko Drum Troupe on their upcoming performance at the National Day Parade (NDP) 2017. This is the 2nd time MINDS Taiko Drum has performed is performing at the NDP and this time round, they are collaborating with The Purple Symphony.

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27 July 2017
The Straits Times wrote an article on MINDS Film Festival‘s opening film “The Importance Of Tying Your Own Shoes”. The Film Director, Lena Koppel, was interviewed and expressed that people are low-key ashamed of having children with special needs, which drives her to want to make the movie and show that there is no limit to their abilities.

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21 July 2017
TODAY published an article on Mr Chew, one of three employees who received the newly introduced “Enabling Buddies” award during the 4th Enabling Employers Awards ceremony. MINDS is one of the partner of Yishun Community Hospital where its Job Coaches work with Mr Chew to modify the work to suit MINDS’ clients.

The Straits Times wrote an opinion piece on why the title “VWO” is irrelevant to charity organizations in today’s society. MINDS was mentioned as an example of a medium-sized corporation that hires hundreds staff, including professionals, and manage an income of $55 millions of dollars which is vastly different from what a VWO is supposed to be like.

The Straits Times chose MINDS Film Festival‘s opening film “The Importance Of Tying Your Own Shoes” as one of the four film picks of the week.

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17 July 2017
TODAY reflected on their two-day fundraising roadshow at Orchard Gatewa for their TODAY Enable Fund. One of the consumable items sold at the event was MINDS’ bottled water. All the money raised will be used to bolster the aspirations of persons with special needs.

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7 July 2017
Radio Capital 95.8FM invited three representatives from the social service sectors to discuss about the 4ST that was announced yesterday, including MINDS CDO Director, Ms Evelyn Leong. Ms Evelyn shared about MINDS’ MIIDD collaborative project with Down Syndrome Association “Our Lives, Our Voices” which aims to equip beneficiaries with the resources to learn to represent themselves and their community. She also shared about the various platforms through which MINDS empower their clients in (e.g. MINDS Taiko Drum Troupe performing at international stages, Terrarium workshop etc.) where beneficiaries are no longer limited to be on the receiving ends at any befriending opportunities.

The Straits Times reported that the Purple Symphony will be performing for the first time at the National Day Parade (NDP) 2017, to promote a caring spirit and to highlight the message of inclusivity. Other NDPs in recent years have highlighted a message of inclusivity too and MINDS Taiko Drum Troupe was highlighted for performing in NDP 2014.

Channel 8’s Hello Singapore programme invited NCSS and MINDS to share about the 4ST programme. Representing MINDS is its CDO Director, Ms Evelyn, who shared about the various enterprises which aim to empower MINDS clients (e.g. MINDS Taiko Drum Troupe, MINDS Bakers etc.) by tapping into their talents to make a living. She also shared about MINDS’ MIIDD collaborative project with Down Syndrome Association “Our Lives, Our Voices” which aims to equip beneficiaries with the resources to learn to represent themselves and their community.

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6 July 2017
The Straits Times reported on NCSS’ new five-year road map for the social service sector. MINDS was mentioned for working with the Down Syndrome Association on a two-year pilot project to formally train young people with intellectual and developmental disability, so as to build up their self-esteem and polish their public speaking skills, starting this month. This is so that they can learn to advocate for themselves.

The Straits Times featured the life story of Madam Ng Ah Chun, caregiver to MINDS’ client, Mr Tan Chye Teck. Madam Ng adopted the abandoned Mr Tan since young and raised him up by her own hands. A spokesman from MINDS mentioned that in the past, having a person with intellectual disability was often view as a source of shame and families would even try to get rid of such children. However, attitudes have changed and people are now more compassionate where parents are providing their children who have special needs with the best that they can provide.

The Straits Times reported that the Purple Symphony will be performing for the first time at the National Day Parade (NDP) 2017, to promote a caring spirit and to highlight the message of inclusivity. Other NDPs in recent years have highlighted a message of inclusivity too and MINDS Taiko Drum Troupe was highlighted for performing in NDP 2014.

TODAY reported on the Social Service Sector Strategic Thrusts (4ST), a 5 year roadmap for the sector co-developed by NCSS with Stakeholders in the social service ecosystem. MINDS was mentioned for collaborating with Down Syndrome Association for a two-year joint pilot project to train people with intellectual and development disability, so as to build their self-esteem and polish their public speaking skills. Dr Jeffrey Chan, Minds’ deputy chief executive officer, said the training would give these people a chance to “craft and tell their own life stories”.

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5 July 2017
The Straits Times reported on NCSS’ new five-year road map for the social service sector. MINDS was mentioned for working with the Down Syndrome Association on a two-year pilot project to formally train young people with intellectual and developmental disability, so as to build up their self-esteem and polish their public speaking skills, starting this month. This is so that they can learn to advocate for themselves.

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3 July 2017
The Straits Times reported on the winning entry to the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Theme Motif Design Contest. Fildzah Hanani Abdul Malik, a student from MINDS Towner Gardens School, created the winning piece in three sessions using an iPad application with the help of her teacher, Ms Chan Sok Hiang. She beat 482 other competitors to clinch the title.

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29 June 2017
The Straits Times did a brief write-up on various volunteering activities. One of which is the picnic between young befrienders and clients from MINDS NTDC at Labrador Nature Reserve. The befrienders, who were recruited through Youth Corps Singapore, will spend time with and host games for the Minds trainees.

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19 June 2017
TODAY wrote an article to appreciate the volunteers at the National Parks Board (NParks) who helped to discovered or rediscovered marine and terrestrial animals, plants and insects species. One of the volunteers is Jenny Lim, a senior teacher at the MINDS Woodlands Gardens School. She is a nature guide at Pulau Ubin and the Istana and applied what she has learnt by setting up a butterfly garden at her school last year.

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16 June 2017
Lianhe Zaobao published an article, introducing the new MINDS CEO, Mr Tony Tan See-Boon. Mr Tony mentioned that he will be developing on the “whole-person” approach, where MINDS should think in their clients’ perspective and provide the services that they require for a more holistic learning.

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2 June 2017
The Straits Times published an interview with the new MINDS CEO, Mr Tony Tan See-Boon.

TODAY did a two-page article on the new CEO of MINDS, Mr Tony Tan See-Boon. It shed light on his plans for the future of MINDS. MINDS need to take on a more “whole-person” approach to help beneficiaries to transit into different stages of their lives by providing more vocational training in its schools to help its clients ease into the workforce upon graduation. Mr Tan also hopes to expand the organisation’s capabilities and services to help more children who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, for instance.

TODAY did a two-page article on the new CEO of MINDS, Mr Tony Tan See-Boon. In this page, it delved deeper into the new CEO’s familial support, exposure to persons with special needs and his eventual decision to take up his current position in MINDS.

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1 June 2017
The Straits Times announced Mr Tim Oei as the new director of NKF. MINDS’ ex-CEO, Mr Keh, described Mr Oei “as a man with a heart for the disadvantaged in society”.

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30 May 2017
Berita Harian published an article on MINDS Taiko Drummers taking part in the Disability-Inclusive Drum Performance in ASEAN and Japan, held in Bangkok. Both clients, Mr Khairullizam Omar and Mr Muhammad Abdul Rahim Shah, are honoured and excited to represent Singapore. Their Training Officer, Mr Muhammad Abdul Rahim Shah, is confident that the troupe will be able to continue their fasting and have contacted the organizers to help with the respective preparation.

The New Paper covered the event, Let's Take a Walk (LTAW), non-profit endurance walking event organised by volunteers from Raleigh Singapore. MINDS was mentioned as one of the past beneficiaries of this event.

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24 May 2017
TODAY and The Straits Time reported on the expansion plan for three SPED schools to accommodate the increase in number of students with moderate to severe ASD. While waiting for its new campus to be up and running, AWWA school will operate out of MINDS Fernvale Garden School, starting from the second half of the year.

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23 May 2017
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong uploaded a Facebook post on MINDS Water, recommending more local businesses to support this social enterprise by MINDS.

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21 May 2017
TODAY published a post on the health challenges faced by persons with special needs. Mr Kiran Raj S Vanu’s, a client at MINDS SMEDC, interaction with the doctor at A&E when he suffered from a hairline crack in his left leg, was highlighted. His mother explained how the doctor did not know how to communicate with Mr Kira which resulted in him not receiving appropriate help in his recovery process. The deputy chief executive officer of MINDS, Dr Jeffrey Chan, explained that persons with special needs also have earlier onsets of various health problems, aside from those that are due to late detection as they are unable to articulate their discomfort. As a result, MINDS is opening a consultation clinic that will track the clients’ medical health through a health booklet.

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20 May 2017
The Newpaper featured Madam Priscilla Theseira who helped to prepare meals for all the athletes and coaches for the 9th Special Olympics. Madam Priscilla used to work in MINDS as a teacher in1976 at a special needs centre in Buangkok, then in Towner Gardens School, before becoming the principal of Jurong Gardens School. She said that seeing how her students have grown up to be self-sufficient and remember her, really makes her day. She will continue to volunteer at the Special Olympics for as long as she is able to.

Mediacorp Channel 5 featured MINDS Hi-Job! Client, Mr Salim, on one of the episodes on “On The Red Dot – Work in Progress” at 9pm. “On the Red Dot” turns the spotlight on jobs in Singapore in its second season of “Work In Progress”. The four-part series zooms in on a different sector each week and takes viewers behind the scenes to discover surprising facts about a job. This week they go behind the scenes of the special needs sector and meet with job coaches who bridge their special needs clients with potential employers. They go the extra mile to ensure that the new job’s social and physical environment suits their client. They shadow Galvin Sandhu’s client, who has Down Syndrome, to see how he has been moulded into a confident, independent worker.

The programme was also on repeat telecast on Channel NewAsia on Sunday 22 May 2017, 10.30pm. The show was also featured on Toggle as well as CNA Insider which garnered 1.8million views and more than 29,000 shares.

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18 May 2017
a href="http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/easier-for-parents-to-be-deputies-to-their-special-needs-child">The Straits Times wrote an article on the decreased application fee for deputyship for parents over their special needs child. MINDS was highlighted for starting the pilot project with its SPED schools, before it was spread to other SPED schools outside of the organization.

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14 May 2017
The Sunday Times talked about persons with special needs (PWIDs) at open employment. From MINDS, they featured Mr Benson Tan, who has been working at Uniqlo for the past 3 years. MINDS' head of Job Placement and Job Support, Jaieden Shen, stated some difficulties that PWIDs faced which include:

• Co-workers feel that they are not paid enough to help/mentor PWIDs

• Misconception that PWIDs have mental illnesses

The Sunday Times published a post on home-based care services for PWIDs. MINDS was mentioned as a charity, besides AWWA, who provides such service.

The Sunday Times wrote a post on Day Activity Centres (DACs) in Singapore. Featured in this post was Mr Muhammad Arif Mohamed, who is at CTDC. His mother, Ms Ahmina Abdul Karim, praised the centre for helping Mr Arif to become more independent, who would otherwise be sitting at home and “never learn anything." Director of residential and community-based care services, Ms Koh Gee May said that DAC helps improve clients’ condition through meaningful engagement where “they learn how to be more independent, to socialise, and their parents get some respite." However, there are many difficulties to running a DAC such as the cost of running these centres and hiring enough staff who has a heart to care for PWIDs.

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10 May 2017
The Straits Times did a feature post on MINDS CEO, Mr Keh Eng Song’s retirement. Mr Keh shared some of his proudest moments in MINDS such as the increase in number of TDCs, a community group home in Bukit Merah and also an upcoming disability clinic. MINDS’ honorary secretary, Doreen Yap, described him as a surrogate father to Minds' 2,400 beneficiaries, in a speech at MINDS' 55th anniversary last week.

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4 May 2017
Mothership featured MINDS Wash on their website. They highlighted the length of MINDS Wash clients’ shift, pay distribution and also the generosity of SPC to provide the space and equipment for free.

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28 April 2017
Runsociety reported on the J.P. Morgan run in Singapore. As their selected beneficiary, more than 20 PWIDS from MINDS were invited to join the race where they were accompanied by Singapore’s Olympian C. Kunalan. The CEO of MINDS, Mr. Keh, thanked J.P. Morgan and expressed how meeting the Olympian before the Special Olympic was encouraging for MINDS’ special Olympic athletes to meet with Mr. C Kunalan before their big day, while Mr. C Kunalan said he was inspired by the beneficiaries’ determination.

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27 April 2017
The Straits Times publish a response post to Betty Ho’s forum letter on 18 April 2017, Ministry of Social & Family Development together with Family Justice of Courts posted a reply on The Straits Times Forum. In the reply, they had explained the importance of having an affidavit and medical report in place to minimise the risk of appointing an unsuitable person. MINDS was also mentioned in the reply in which the deputy application piloted by MINDS and NUS Faculty of Law would be extended to the adult centres.

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22 April 2017
Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister, celebrated his two years on Facebook by sharing some of the memories he has had with the community. One of which was a photo he took with the MINDS Performers whom he described their performances as high energy and cited some of the performances such as the 50th National Day Parade and 8th ASEAN Para Games.

a href="http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/pm-lee-celebrates-5-years-on-facebook">The Straits Times published an article on Prime Minister Lee Hisen Loong celebrating 5 years on Facebook and shared some memories he had posted in the past five years. One of which he shared was a photo he took with MINDS Perform drummers.

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18 April 2017
The Straits Times posted a forum letter by a member of the public, Betty Ho, in which she implored the court to adopt a more lenient approach for a parent to be appointed as a deputy for a person with intellectual disability. She commented the deputyship application MINDS piloted with NUS Faculty of Law is helpful but still requires an affidavit and medical report from MINDS’ psychologist, which she felt should have been waived.

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23 March 2017
The New Paper published an article on the opening of MINDS new day activity centre in an industrial estated sited in Tradehub21. The MINDS centre in Jurong is instrumental in alleviating the waitlist, which is reaching a bottleneck in the West.

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22 March 2017
Channel 8 news wrote an article on the opening of Jurong Training and Development centre, which is the first of its kind to be situated in a light-industrial park. JTDC is co-tenant to Evangel Bible Presbyterian Church and many of their neighboring companies are also providing the beneficiaries with simple jobs.

The Straits Times published an article on the opening of MINDS’ sixth day activity centre that is located in an industrial estate. It is believed to be a first for such centres in Singapore.

TODAY published a picture about MINDS Fernvale Gardens School and Fernvale Primary School commemorate World Down Syndrome Day in its Morning Briefing section.

The Straits Times published an article on MINDS’ celebration of World Down Syndrome Day as well as the launch of the buddy reading programme by Fernvale Gardens School and Fernvale Primary School. The Straits Times also featured a photo of Toh Puan Dr Noor Aishah who graced the event as Guest of Honour along with Dr Lam Pim Min who graced as a special guest.

The Straits Times posted a short write-up in addition to a full article on its “What’s Next” section regarding new MINDS’ day activity centre that officially opened in Jurong.

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social & Family Development shared on his Facebook commending on the unique partnerships MINDS had with various partners which enabled the birth of Jurong Training & Development Centre. He stated on his Facebook the series of partnerships:

1. With Evangel Bible-Presbyterian Church as MINDS shares the premises

2. The light industries in the vicinity such as NTUC Learning Hub and Sakae Sushi

3. Students from SUSS (formerly known as UniSIM)

4. Management of Tradehub 21

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21 March 2017
Channel NewsAsia published an article on MINDS’ launch of inclusive school buddy-reading programme at Fernvale Gardens School and Fernvale Primary School. The reading programme is aimed to improve the literacy of MINDS students as well as the self-confidence of the Fernvale Primary students as they read to their buddies. The launch also coincides with World Down Syndrome Day.

The Straits Times published an online article on the launch of the new buddy-reading programme to commemorate World Down Syndrome Day. The article also elaborated on the satellite partnership between the two schools, as well as a physical gate – dubbed the “Friendship Gate” – that aims to facilitate interactions between the students.

Catherine Ling, a lifestyle food blogger posted a shout out about World Down Syndrome Day, #MyVoiceMyCommunity on her blog to promote awareness about persons with Down syndrome.

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3 March 2017
The Straits Times wrote on the launch of OCBC's expanded corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, #OCBCCares. One of the projects funded through #OCBCCares is the first disability clinic of its kind in Singapore by MINDS. MINDS was also invited to hold a food and craft booth at the event.

The Straits Times published an article on SPD’s Open House, where games will be set up for the public to play as they get simulations of visual or physical disabilities. MINDS was mentioned as one of the voluntary welfare organizations who will be setting up a food and craft booth at the event.

The Business Times wrote an article on OCBC’s revamped CSR programme – OCBC Cares. The disability clinic by MINDS is one of the nine projects funded by OCBC Cares. The CEO of MINDS, Mr Keh Eng Song, mentioned that the doctors at the disability clinic will not provide medical prescriptions or treatment, but rather work with special needs patients and refer them to hospitals or specialists when deemed necessary. Currently, MINDS has found a doctor who will work pro bono at the clinic for twice a week. The disability clinic is now being set up and will become operational when the necessary license is obtained.

TODAY published an article on OCBC Bank’s expanded corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme #OCBCCares which is equipped with an additional S$600,000 to support initiatives proposed by its charity partners. MINDS’ disability clinic is among one of the many projects support by #OCBCCares which will cater to special needs individuals when they fall ill. The clinic is operated by doctors who are specially trained to work with special needs patients.

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30 January 2017
The Straits Times did a featurette on MINDS CEO, Mr Keh Eng Song, who will be retiring this May. To mark the fourth and final year of five of the residents at MINDS community group home who has no family members to celebrate festive occasion with, Mr Keh invited them for reunion dinner with his family at his house. Two of the residents, Ms Yap Moi Moi and Mr Tham Kar Soon, expressed how much they would miss the current CEO and the strong bond that they have built throughout the years. In his interview, Mr Keh shared that his last project at MINDS would be the establishment of a disability clinic at Kembangan - Chai Chee Community Hub.

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25 of January 2017
A discussion on the demand and supply of SPED education for increasing number of autism children was published on The Straits Times. MINDS was mentioned for offering a placement in its SPED school to Nabil, an autism child who has been on the wait list at Eden school for a year. The CEO of MINDS, Mr Keh Eng Song, quoted that “it is better to have the child to be in school, and socializing, than sitting at home on waiting lists.”

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24 January 2017
The Straits Times released two articles on Nabil’s enrolment into MINDS Woodlands Gardens School after being on the waiting list for more than a year with autism-specific school, as well as addressing the common misconceptions of of autism-specific schools being the better Sped schools for autistic children. Although MINDS is not an autism-specific school, the CEO of MINDS, Mr. Keh, explained in an interview that he had offered Nabil a placement in his school as he did not think it is good for Nabil to stay at home for so long. Inspired by Nabil’s story, Madam Aniza Mohamed has decided enrol her child into WGS after being placed on a wait list too.

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18 January 2017
An article published by The Straits Times talked about the latest collaboration on Appropriate Adult Scheme between the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and MINDS, after the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) earlier this month. Two of the AA volunteers, Mr Michael Tok and Ms Tang Hui Yee expressed in their interviews that they are receptive to such expansion of the AA services.

Channel NewsAsia wrote an article about the struggles and help that are in placed to help those with ASD and intellectual disabilities to find work after graduation from Sped schools. They featured Faiz Muhsin, a graduate from MINDS Sped school, as a success story who settled well into his workplace after graduation.

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16 January 2017
The New Paper wrote a report on the various Appropriate Adult Schemes (AAS) across the world and interviewed experts on the effectiveness of such program. Mr Keh Eng Song, CEO of MINDS, explained that the AA’s duty is to ensure the accuracy of the statement taken during interrogation. Ms Tay Ai Jie, Volunteer Management Executive of the AA programme, further elaborated on the challenges and benefits of having an AA during an interrogation.

Today reported on 24 MINDS Towner Gardens School students’ participation at the One Community Day. Mr Tan Tiong Han, father of student, Zi Heng, hoped that through this event, his son would get to socialize with different people and realize that there are others who need more help than they do. Principal Mdm Cindy Lim also shared that she welcomes more of such opportunities as it helps the students to put the life skills they learnt in class to practice.

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15 January 2017
25 students from MINDS Towner Gardens School participated in the One Community Day at Marine Parade GRC, along with over 700 residents, grassroots leaders and volunteers, reported The Straits Times. One of the students, Danial Affandi Johar, expressed that he likes to help “all people” and would want to participate in such events again.

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7 January 2017
A discussion about the differing opinions and flaws of the proposed Appropriate Adult Scheme for Young Suspect (AAYS) was published on The Straits Times. Mr Keh, CEO of MINDS, expressed that the presence of an AA volunteer is more comforting for vulnerable suspects and elaborated on the roles of an AA volunteer.

Lianhe Zaobao published a report on the various professional opinions on the AAYS program. MINDS was mentioned for its implementation of the AA program and how the volunteers were trained to prepare them for their duty.

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6 January 2017
Today reported the Home Affairs Ministry (MHA) will be introducing a pilot run of a new scheme, the Appropriate Adult Scheme for Young Suspects (AAYS). MINDS was mentioned for successfully managing the Appropriate Adult (AA) program, which the AAYS would be modeled after, for young suspects under the age of 16.

Today wrote an article on the new Appropriate Adult Scheme for Young Suspects (AAYS) and its need for volunteers. MINDS, being the organization that oversees the operation of the Appropriate Adult Scheme (AAS) for those with mental illness and/or intellectual disability, CEO Mr Keh Eng Song expressed that there have not been any issue with recruiting AA volunteers and shared the challenges.

Channel NewsAsia published a post and did a recorded interview on the Appropriate Adult Scheme for Young Suspect (AAYS). Nurul Shifa, Volunteer Management Executive for Appropriate Adult at MINDS, shared in the recorded video interview about the challenges that they faced in respect to AA activation.

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4 January 2017
Weekender published a post on the musical production by Anglo-Chinese Junior College, titled “Now You Simi 2”. All money gathered from the sale of tickets will go directly towards MINDS and public are encouraged to donate and learn more about the charity beneficiary.

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Media Articles 2016

24 December 2016
Channel NewsAsia shed light on the plight of elderly caregivers of persons with special needs by sharing Mdm Ng Ah Chun’s story and her reasons for placing her son, Tan Chye Teck in MINDS hostel. MINDS CEO Mr Keh Eng Song was also interviewed and reassures the public that the government is aware and doing their best to take care of the remaining clients whose parents have passed on.

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16 December 2016
Enabling Village featured 4 youths who are now working in different departments at the National University Hospital (NUH) after a successful internship in 2015 via the School-to-Work transition programme, a multi-agency collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social and Family Development and selected special education schools. One of them is Chong Wan Shuen, who graduated from MINDS Woodlands Gardens School. Wan Shuen has been complimented by her supervisor for her diligence, sweet disposition and performance at work.

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December 2016
In the December 2016 issue of Young Parents magazine, MINDS was featured for its cookies and craft products that do not only look good but also empowers their beneficiaries.

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27 November 2016
Channel NewsAsia reported on the one-north Run which is jointly organized by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), JTC and Mediacorp. MINDS was mentioned as one of the three charities that received the $250,000 donation that the run helped to raise.

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26 November 2016
Lookout featured a story on LS Sydney Huyghe about her experiences on the job. She mentioned about HMCS Vancouver’s visit to MINDS where they got to play and sing with the beneficiaries as one of the many charities work that she got to participate in due to her work.

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22 November 2016
The Straits Times reported on the first case of Tetralogy of Fallot treatment that did not involve open heart surgery in Singapore. Mr Gary Cheng, a trainee at MINDS, was mentioned as the first patient who has attempted the procedure in Singapore.

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20 November 2016
Minister Chan Chun Sing wrote a post on Project Sunshine, where MINDS was the only invited beneficiary, on his Facebook. Not only was the public able to purchase the latest cookies, handicrafts and plants from MINDS Baker and MINDS Craft, they were also able to meet the clients who made all those goodies.

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20 November 2016
TODAY introduced some environmental-friendly alternatives to discarding unwanted clothing. One of which is to donate to MINDS Shop which also helps to provide MINDS clients with pre-vocational training in retail and customer service skills in the outlets where donated items are sold.

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19 November 2016
The Smart Local put up a post on the list of fashion thrift stores to shop at in Singapore. MINDS was featured as one of the thrift shops for members of the public to source for good deals. From the shop layout to the items sold, they did a thorough guide-along to showcase the hidden gems that could be found in MINDS’ shop.

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17 November 2016
In view of the National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) scandal, TODAY wrote an article on the possible future prospect of the respective organization. They interviewed a few experts in the field, including MINDS CEO, Mr. Keh, for his opinion on the issue. Mr. Keh mentioned that the organization would continue to do well if it has a good supporting team as responsibility should not fall only on its CEO.

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9 November 2016
TODAY reported on the poor response rate for Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) applications. During the interview, Minister Tan Chuan-Jin highlighted the pilot project MINDS had with NUS where the NUS law students helped the parents of MINDS’ SPED students to prepare the relevant documents to apply for LPA, thus making the process less tedious for them.

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8 November 2016
The National Council of Social Service (NCSS) posted an informational video on MINDS Water on their Facebook Page. With the new bottled water venture, MINDS is able to provide job for 68 beneficiaries from all levels of support needs.

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6 November 2016
In an interview with Channel News Asia on Sped schools’ ability to handle the possible increase in student intake due to the new Compulsory Education (CE) Act, Mr. Keh, CEO of MINDS, expressed that MINDS is already equipped to cater to their existing students. However, more has to be known about those who are not currently attending Sped schools despite the schools’ readiness, in order to be fully prepared for the 2019 intake.

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5 November 2016
The Straits Times reported about the Compulsory Education Act which will affect persons with special needs who turn 7years old in 2019. MINDS’ Sped schools have been listed as 4 of the 20 government-funded special education schools, catering to students with moderate intellectual disability and mild autism.

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4 November 2016
The Straits Times reported on the introduction of the Compulsory Education Act that will now include children with moderate to severe special needs. MINDS’ Sped schools have been listed as 4 of the 20 government-funded special education schools, catering to students with moderate intellectual disability and mild autism.

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31 October 2016
In the October-December issue of The New Eurasian magazine, did a cover story on “The Special Needs Teacher” which featured Jessica De Silva, a teacher from Lee Kong Chian Gardens School (LGS). She shared about the qualities that Sped teachers need to possess and praised the holistic approach that MINDS’ Sped schools adopt. Val Nicholas, a student from LGS, was also featured as her mother spoke about the challenges and successes of raising a child with special needs.

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23 October 2016
Minister Tan Chuan Jin posted a live video recording of the “O.WOW (Walk of Wonder) A Very Special Fashion Show!” on his Facebook. This is the first catwalk in Singapore that featured people with special needs. MINDS had the honor to send 2 of its clients, Benson Tan and Jason Goh, to grace the catwalk for this special event.

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17 October 2016
Berita Harian published an awareness page on special needs. One of the stories featured a Special Education (SPED) teacher from Lee Kong Chian Gardens School (LGS). She was inspired by her aunt who was also a SPED teacher, to become one since young. In another article, a caregiver whose child is studying at Fernvale Garden School shared about her changing perception towards those with Down syndrome as she enrolled her child into a SPED school.

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20 September 2016
Channel News Asia published an article about Singapore film, 7 Letters, as the film had won a S$15,000 prize at the Fukuoka Film Festival. MINDS, being one of the beneficiaries to receive the proceeds from 7 letters’ theatrical runs in Singapore, was mentioned in the article.

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11 September 2016
NTUC This Week, a labour-movement-centric weekly publication with some 11,000 subscribers published an article on the occupation as a teacher and shines a spotlight on MINDS teacher, Ms Agnes Gee. It shared about her inspiring story as a teacher in the special education field and her thoughts of the role of a mentor and a parent.

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5 September 2016
A bonding event organised by Sembawang GRC and immigrants’ association Kowloon Club at Woodlands Waterfront Park was reported on The Straits Times. 50 MINDS clients attended the event as the beneficiary.

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2 September 2016
The New Paper and Asiaone issued a story of a MINDS client who was diagnosed with Microcephaly with Global Developmental Delay during his infancy. The article described how the family coped with raising a child with special needs where he has grown to be more self-sufficient.

An article on the Appropriate Adult Scheme elaborating on what volunteers do during police interviews was published on The Straits Times. The writer has also called for the scheme to cover minors and the elderly in light of Benjamin’s case happened in January 2016.

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20 August 2016
Students of MINDS Towner Gardens School (TGS) attended a workshop with volunteers from Young NTUC where they learned the basics of putting a terrarium together before presenting their creations to their teachers in celebration of Teachers’ Day. The paper was published on The Straits Times.

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13 August 2016
Asia One reported on a MINDS student, Mohammad Haziq Aqil who has a rare liver disease regained sight and hearing with help of Hi-5 songs.

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10 August 2016
An article about NDP and inclusiveness citing MINDS’ involvement in the Kembangan-Chai Chee National Day Observance Ceremony was reported on The Straits Times. It featured a combined marching contingent formed by students from MINDS Towner Gardens School (TGS) and Ping Yi Secondary School, with MINDS student Abdul Salam Afraar Sajith leading the Pledge.

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8 August 2016
The Straits Times mentioned about the National Day Parade returning to the Stadium and cited how inclusive components like Kembangan Chai Chee’s observance ceremony had MINDS’ participation as part of national celebration.

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6 August 2016
Community beat reporter Janice Tai wrote an article on The Straits Times on how Sticks should be brandished to encourage bosses to hire disabled people, rather than just offering carrots like financial incentives. MINDS CEO Mr Keh Eng Song was quoted.

For the first time, MINDS Taiko Drum Group has been invited to perform the opening of Special Music and Art Festival in Pyeongchang, South Korea and was reported on Berita Harian.

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4 August 2016
Channel News Asia had broadcasted a feature on the aftermath of the recognition of products and services by persons with special needs from well-known figureheads such as Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s wife Mdm Ho Ching. MINDS’ Social Enterprise products (MINDS Flavours and Craft) were featured on the segment. Social Enterprise Senior Manager, Ng Reina was also interviewed.

The Straits Times published a forum comment by reader Betty Ho Peck Woon (Madam), who appealed for NCSS, NVPC and organizations like MINDS and Rainbow Centre to raise more awareness on lesser known intellectual disabilities such as Global Development Delay.

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3 August 2016
MINDS was featured on the online publication Enterprise Innovation.net regarding government’s announcement during the E2Connect 2016 forum that people with disabilities, as well as Voluntary Welfare Organizations (VWOs), including MINDS, will soon have greater access to assistive technology and more financial support.

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31 July 2016
Lianhe Zaobao reported on MINDS Film Festival, citing its strong response from the public and talked about the additional screening of “My Feral Heart” due to the overwhelmed sales. The article also included quotes from MINDS CEO Mr Keh and Chairman of Singapore Film Society (SFS), Mr Kenneth Tan.

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30 July 2016
Popular British comedian and writer Neil Humphreys had posted many positive words and promoted MINDS Film Festival to his followers on Facebook. He had also attended the film festival.

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27 July 2016
Well known Film Correspondent John Lui issued an article on the story behind the cast of a Down syndrome individual as the main lead for Director Jane Gull’s latest movie, “My Feral Heart” on The Straits Times. The debut of the film was the opening film for MINDS Film Festival, which was organized jointly with Singapore Film Society (SFS). Other films featured in the festival such as “I Am Sam” & “Monica & David” were also highlighted in the article.

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24 July 2016
Well-known local blogger/vlogger Mr Brown shared on the MINDS Film Festival on his Facebook page.

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20 July 2016
Featuring MINDS Film Festival which was held for over 2 weeks, Shin Min Newspaper cited the opening film’s debut – My FERAL HEART. 4 other films featured during the event were also highlighted.

My Paper also published a piece on MINDS Film Festival citing My Feral Heart as an Asian Premiere. A quote from MINDS President which was lifted from the event’s brochure was highlighted on the paper.

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22 June 2016
The Straits Times released an article on the NDP 2016 Engagement Team’s commitment, as well as hosting a record number of special needs/elderly beneficiaries (including MINDS) in this year’s celebrations. MINDS has worked together with the engagement team to arrange for more than 800 participants (made up of clients, caregivers, staff and volunteers) to attend the NE1 show held at the Singapore Sports Hub on 9 July 2016.

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10 June 2016
An opinion piece regarding the change of names of certain VWOs to embrace a more socially sensitive stance was published on The Straits Times. The writer cited MINDS as one the VWOs who has changed its name from the Singapore Association for Retarded Children to the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS). He challenges however that euphemisms have been an extreme turn.

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7 June 2016
Channel News Asia broadcasted a large featurette on Singapore Tonight, Ch 5, Ch 8 and Vasaantham about the opening of MINDS’ 6th TDC – Boon Lay Training & Development Centre, located in Tradehub21 instead of the usual heartland setting. MINDS CEO Mr Keh Eng Song, BTDC’s Head Serene Tan and a caregiver from CTDC were interviewed as they highlighted the long waiting list dilemma and how MINDS has constantly developed ways to alleviate the capacity crunch. The featurette also mentioned about employment centers and focused on introducing MINDS Water.

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1 June 2016
The New Paper published a story on a MINDS caregiver and her two children with special needs. One of her children is a student from MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School (LGS). The article discusses about sleep deprivation and its effects.

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21 May 2016
NCSS’ Comchest Care & Share Thank You Show was broadcasted on Singtel TV Channel. The show featured a performance done by MINDS Taiko Drummers and Drummer Hock Yong was interviewed by Host Gurmit Singh. MINDS CEO Mr. Keh Eng Song was also invited to represent MINDS onstage. You may check out the show here.

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15 May 2016
MINDS Fernvale Garden School students, together with volunteers from Youth Corp Singapore and local artist Cheng Yajie, have transformed 15 trash bins into works of contemporary art by spraying paint on it. These bins will be placed at East Coast Park. Acting Minister for Education (Schools), Mr Ng Chee Meng was invited as the Guest-of-Honour to unveil the bins at FGS. The article was published on both Lianhe Zaobao and The Straits Times.

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7 May 2016
TODAY has issued a big read on more disabled people are given a job as the number of employers increase. MINDS was featured for having 35 retail associates being employed in Uniqlo, the first retail establishment who designed roles for the intellectually disabled.

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1 May 2016
An article about more firms being more willing to hire people with disabilities was featured on The Straits Times. CEO of MINDS Mr. Keh Eng Song mentioned about the importance of inclusion and integration between PWDs and co-workers in the workplace.

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24 April 2016
The Straits Times published an article on the 50 for 50 fundraising social campaign, mentioning MINDS as one of the beneficiaries that received employment for packing and delivering items to various offices.

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4 April 2016
OCBC lent MINDS a helping hand by purchasing bottled water, providing our beneficiaries employment. The article was published on both Lianhe Zaobao and The Business Times.

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3 April 2016
Lianhe Zaobo & The Straits Time published an article about the 3rd Enabling Masterplan for the Enabling Village and CEO of MINDS Mr. Keh Eng Song talked about the specific focus point during the interview.

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22 March 2016
Lianhe Zaobao and Berita Harian published an article of the Community Friendship Walk organized by MINDS in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day.

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21 March 2016
In celebration of World Down Syndrome Day, a total of 80 beneficiaries and volunteers participated in the Community Friendship Walk organized by MINDS. It is being published online on Channel News Asia and subsequently broadcasted as a news feature on Singapore Tonight that very evening. Channel 5 and Channel U also broadcasted the feature segment.

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21 March 2016
FM95.8 published a radio feature on their radio station featuring interviews with CEO and MP Pereira on WDSD.

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5 March 2016
MINDS' Me Too! Club was featured on Channel News Asia regarding the befriending programme. The film crew interviewed CEO and followed the club to a rock climbing activity. The story of one of the clients who participated the activity with a MINDS volunteer was also highlighted.

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26 February 2016
The Business Times published an article about Inaugural Inclusive Business Forum (IBF) aiming to building a more inclusive workplace by creating greater awareness of the employment potential of persons with disabilities. MINDS was mentioned as one of the partners of SG Enable who helped to place about 650 PWDs into the workforce.

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2 February 2016
The Straits Times published an article about SPC kiosk providing a location for MINDS trainees not just for work, but an opportunity to allow them to learn about independence and integration of the society.

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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.
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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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