Present at the official launch of the Centre for the Physically Challenged were (from left) ABLE chairman Raymundo Yu; Archbishop Nicholas Chia; Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing; chairman of the Centre for the Physically Challenged Quek Khor Ping, and Handicaps Welfare Association vice president Hui Beng Hong.

Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations (ABLE), a Caritas Singapore affiliate which works with the physically challenged, is “looking at new projects and initiatives to better serve” its clients in 2012.

It plans to look into the needs of caregivers of the physically challenged and commission a study in this area in the future.

Depending on the results of the survey, ABLE will then look at designing programmes such as in-house counselling, small group/support group therapy, home befriender and visit service, and a drop-in centre for the physically challenged which functions as a respite centre for the caregivers.

It does not rule out partnering other organisations for future projects as ABLE sees the “collaboration of experience useful” in its work, said ABLE’s manager Alan Wong.

ABLE is collaborating with the Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA) on the Centre for the Physically Challenged (CPC) project. The centre was officially launched by Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing on Feb 25.

Archbishop Nicholas Chia was also present at the event.

Caritas Singapore has provided $400,000 in funds of which a portion has been spent on the project. ABLE is planning a fund-raising event in the middle of the year to ensure it is positioned to deliver services to its clients accordingly.

Since the CPC’s soft launch in December 2010, it has served more than 150 physically challenged clients and placed more than 64 of them in jobs.

The organisation said it will continue to seek prospective employers to conduct relevant courses for higher job placement opportunities.

The CPC provides services such as rehabilitation, transportation, skills training and job placement for people with physical disabilities especially those who acquired disabilities during their productive years, according to ABLE

By Darren Boon
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