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A COMMUNITY THAT CARES
Learning to Engage
the years, we have learned a lot about autism, and what it takes to
be a caregiver. I would encourage more people to come forward
and connect with this community. I am sure they will find the
experience very meaningful.”
Over at the ECFA, a longstanding corporate volunteer is SAP,
an enterprise software corporation. In 2006, Irene Chui, SAP
Singapore’s Head of Employee Engagement, decided to make
support for organisations working with people with autism as a
key pillar of SAP’s Work Life Programme, and was introduced to
the Autism Youth Centre (the earlier incarnation of the ECFA).
“I wanted to encourage SAP employees to learn more about
autism, so that they could understand how to be engaged with
people on the autism spectrum,” says Irene.
For the past 12 years, SAP staff have served as volunteers during
annual excursions for clients of the ECFA. A recent successful
outing featured a visit to Thow Kwang Pottery, where volunteers
guided the centre’s clients through the process of making pottery.
“I could observe that the connection and bonding between the
volunteers and the participants was very good,” says Irene. “Over
ECFA client getting hands on in clay with guidance of a SAP volunteer.
SAP volunteer Irene (back row, 1st from the left) with her colleagues, ECFA clients and staff at a recent excursion.
Autism Association (Singapore)
The Association was set up through the initiative
of a group of parents in August 1992. It became
a charity under the Charities Act in January 1995.
Board of Management
In July 1997, the Association was admitted as a
member of the National Council of Social Service
and granted the Institutions of a Public Character
status allowing it to issue tax-exempt receipts for
The Association is dedicated to serving individuals
with autism and helping them lead meaningful and
quality lives through its programmes and services –
Eden Children’s Centre, Eden School, Eden Centre
for Adults, Eden Activity Club and Eden for Life.
: Ho Swee Huat
: Mohamed Jamil Bin
Honorary Secretary : Lim Yue Khim
Honorary Treasurer : Joanne Wee Chu-Yian
Denise Phua Lay Peng
Tan Buck Chye
Jason Low Hui Huang
Chong Teik Yean
Loh Wai Mooi Michelle
Ang Hwee Koon
It is published thrice yearly by the Autism Association
(Singapore) at 101 Bukit Batok West Ave 3 #01-01
Opinions expressed in this publication may not necessarily reflect the official views of the Association.
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: Lin Feng
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