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First Life Skills Centre For Young Adults with Down Syndrome

Posted on May 13, 2019 by Daphne Seah

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There are several existing centres in Singapore with programs that teach life skills to people with special needs. 

However, a life skill centre specifically for young adults with Down syndrome did not exist until now.

The Independent Living and Training Centre opened in April 2019. It is run by the Down Syndrome Association

What is the purpose of the centre?

The centre was built as the association recognized the importance for people with Down syndrome to be able to function in society on their own. By having an environment that closely resembles everyday life, it allows young adults with Down syndrome to practice and apply skills that allow them to gain independence.

Where is it located?

The facility is located at Blk 17A Telok Blangah Crescent. Within the facility are practice rooms, a kitchen, infant toddler room, as well as a family room.

Who is eligible for the training?

The centre is exclusively for people with Down syndrome who are at least 18 years old.

How much does it cost? 

Singapore Citizens will pay a fee of $250 monthly and foreigners will pay $516 monthly.

For families who require financial support, there is a financial assistance scheme made available by the Down Syndrome Association.

The training centre is still accepting applicants. Interested parties may contact the Down Syndrome Association at 6500 9321 or e-mail alvin@downsyndrome-singapore.org

Important skills taught at the centre include:

  • Independent travelling
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Time management
  • Home economics
  • Personal Safety
  • Financial planning
  • Self-advocacy
  • Decision Making
  • Communal Living

Future Plans of The Independent Living and Training Centre

The centre hopes to collaborate with community partners, social service groups, and grassroot organisations so that persons with special needs can achieve higher levels of independence.