A Future for Us All


President Tony Tan Keng Yam with special needs children and their caregivers during a visit to ‘The Future Of Us’ exhibition at Gardens By The Bay on February 3, 2016

A recent study conducted by the Ministry of Social and Family Development found that as Singapore progresses and modernises, children with special needs are those who are most at risk of being “left behind.” In fact, the report concluded that the out-dated model of classifying Special Education as a form of social services for the ‘less fortunate’ needs to be completely revised and updated. In an effort to build a more inclusive future for children with special needs, Temasek Cares in partnership with the National Council of Social Service invited more than 6,000 children from 20 special needs schools and Voluntary Welfare Organisations from February 3 to March 8, 2016 to visit the ‘The Future of Us’ Exhibition at Gardens By The Bay.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam was present to officially launch this special outreach programme on the first day, attended by 150 special needs children and their caregivers. The exhibit allowed the children to enjoy a multi-sensory experience of what living in Singapore will be like in 2030.

15-year-old Muhammad Solehan Hamid from the Association for Persons with Special Needs, Katong School said: “I hope Singapore will continue to be a peaceful and happy home.” And Mr Eng Tiang Sing, Project Director of ‘The Future of Us’ Exhibition said, “The Singapore of the future is a future of varied possibilities. But whatever the shape of that landscape may be, one thing must not change – it must always be a Singapore that is home to all, inclusive of all our people, where each can chase his or her dreams, at his own pace.”

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About ‘The Future of Us’ Exhibition
‘The Future of Us’ exhibition offered an immersive and multi-sensory experience as well as a glimpse into the possibilities of how Singaporeans could live, work, learn and care in the future. The exhibition aimed to encourage Singaporeans to share their hopes and dreams for themselves, their family and the nation, and to participate in steering Singapore towards the future. www.thefutureofus.sg

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Did you know…
For many people with disabilities the best way to be a part of the community is to work and play with people without disabilities. It helps them learn more quickly through role models to be a part of the community as a person with contributions to make. The work of creating an inclusive and open society is not essentially a matter of resources. An encouraging attitude that recognises the value and worth of each individual, regardless of abilities and their rights as members of the community are key to building an inclusive environment for people of varying abilities. (Source: The Center for Human Policy)