Formation of Singapore's First Autism Network

Singapore, 7 April 2015 — In conjuction with World Autism Awareness (Singapore) 2015, St. Andrew's Autism Centre (SAAC), along with three other non-profit autism services providers (Autism Assocation (Singapore), Autism Resoure Centre (Singapore), and Rainbow Centre Singapore) today announced the formation of Autism Network Singapore (ANS), the first alliance of its kind in Singapore.

ANS is a platform for Volunterary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) serving persons with autism and other stakeholders to create public awareness and mobilise support for the autism cause. Participation in ANS is open to other VWOs, government and related stakeholders.

Over the next 12 to 18 months, ANS will consult with the community to develop an Enabling Masterplan to maximise the potential of persons with autism in Singapore. The plan will address the needs for early intervention, lifelong education, employment, residential options, caregiving and independent living skills, in addition to raising awareness, supporting inclusion and celebrating the abilities of persons with autism.

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