The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) announced today that the Centre for Enabled Living (CEL) will be repositioned to focus on enabling persons with disabilities. To be renamed “SG Enable”, the agency will serve as a focal point to support the needs of persons with disabilities.
SG Enable will start operations in the 3rd Quarter of 2013. Its key functions include:
i. Strengthening information and referral services;
ii. Administering government grants and support to persons with disabilities and their caregivers;
iii. Improving transition management across different life stages;
iv. Enhancing employability and employment options.
v. Rallying stakeholder support in enabling persons with disabilities.
Acting Minister for Social and Family Development, Mr Chan Chun Sing said“Our vision is a Singapore where persons with disabilities are integrated, empowered to reach their potential and become contributing members of our society. The Enabling Masterplan is our plan for the progressive realisation of this vision, and SG Enable will serve as a critical implementation vehicle for initiatives under the masterplan.”
Working with Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs), education and training providers and employers to broaden employment options for persons with disabilities was identified as a key priority for SG Enable. Complimenting the partnership between the Autism Resource Centre and NTUC Fairprice in training and employment of persons with disabilities following a visit, Mr Chan commented “While VWOs such as the Autism Resource Centre provide structured job training and coaching services, they also need the partnership of enlightened employers like NTUC Fairprice to hire and support persons with disabilities at the workplace. I hope that SG Enable can bring more employers on board, and work with them as well as VWOs and education and training providers to broaden job options for persons with disabilities.”
As announced during Budget 2013, the aged care services currently provided by CEL and the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) will be integrated under one roof at AIC.
MINISTRY OF SOCIAL AND FAMILY DEVELOPMENT