St. Andrew's Adult Autism Services

St. Andrew’s Adult Autism Services (SAAAS) provides training and support for adults with autism, with the aim of enabling them to lead dignified and meaningful lives. SAAAS runs two Day Activity Centres (DACs), at Siglap and Sengkang, and St. Andrew's Adult Home (Sengkang) [SAAH], Singapore's first residential facility designed and built to meet the needs of adults with autism.

Day Activity Centres (DACs)

We endeavour to help our clients work toward independence through training and support in daily living, recreational, vocational, and community skills. We believe that adults with autism can find meaningful engagement, hope, and to some extent, work, when supported and equipped with these skills.

Clients are supported based on their assessed needs. Those with the potential for employment, whether full-time, part-time, or supported, are trained in one or more of the following vocational skills — Horticulture, Retailing, Laundry.

Clients who may not be ready for vocational training, but show emerging signs of potential for simpler work tasks are given opportunities to develop by exposure to light production work and other pre-vocational skills.

The main focus for clients who require a higher level of support is for each client to become as independent as possible. The key would be to help them to learn to manage their behaviour and handle as many daily living tasks as possible for themselves.

St. Andrew's Adult Home (Sengkang {SAAH]

Singapore's first residential facility designed and built to meet the needs of adults with autism, SAAH provides long-term residential and respite care services that centre on three core development goals — Daily Living Skills, Communal Living Skills, Emotional Behavioural Management.

A team comprising staff nurses, nursing aides, and healthcare assistants care for the residents and are available to assist 24/7. Allied health staff, such as psychologists, therapists and social workers, work with the frontline care staff in helping the residents live dignified and meaningful lives.

Living arrangements for male and female residents are separate, with eight to nine residents in one-, two-, or three-bedder rooms in a cluster sharing common living and dining spaces. Two clusters also share activity space between the clusters.

Residents have programmes similar to those at the DAC, including light production work and other pre-vocational tasks, recreation, and activities for total wellness.

Programmes

Never Alone

link to Watch this three-minute video clip to discover some of the challenges faced by parents of adults with moderate to severe autism.

Admissions

For enquiries about admission to the DAC, please email admissions@saac.org.sg.

Operating Hours

DAC's general hours of service are:

Mondays to Fridays
9.00am to 3.00pm