Singaporeans With Down Syndrome Tell Us Their Dreams. But How Many Will Achieve Them?

Images by author. Benjamin Lee works in a cheese factory, but has always wanted to be a police officer. The 30-year-old informs me that policemen need to “do paperwork, walk around the neighbourhood, hunt people, and wave at cars to stop”. These are also the reasons...

“You Learn To Roll With The Punches” – A S’porean Millennial On Growing Up With 2 Sisters With Special Needs

“She spilled water all over my laptop just a day before submissions, but I could not get angry at her. I was mad at myself for not managing my time well,” Aida laughed as she recalled a story of one of her sisters. Nur Aida Sa’ad, 28, grew up with two special needs...

Who Looks After the Mothers Who Look After Children With Special Needs?

Top image: Yang, Wei Ping’s son, at 6 and 15. “Mentally-ill mother gets five years’ jail for death of son.” “Pasir Ris double deaths: ‘Depressed’ father was worried about future of autistic daughter.” Whenever I read such headlines concerning prolicide, the first...

A teacher’s actions can transform a student’s life. These 3 teachers in S’pore showed me how.

I never liked art lessons in school. Advertisement That was why I was puzzled when my drawing of Spongebob Squarepants for a test back in Secondary 2 clinched me an A grade (the theme was “Underwater” if you’re wondering). I asked my teacher if there was a mistake in...