“Being a single parent is not a life full of struggles, but a journey for the strong. ” - Meg Lowrey -
What is autism?
Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the way a person communicates (communication difficulties) and relates to people around them (lacking social interaction).
What are the signs and symptons?
Based on the article written by the experts at the Department of Neonatal & Developmental Medicine, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), an autistic child displays certain behavioural characteristics over a period of time, such as:
- Being uncommunicative
- Having problems speaking or understanding other people
- Being distant or oblivious to surroundings
- Not playing with, or respond to, others
- Displaying uncontrollable temper tantrums
- Insisting on following a routine and engaging in repetitive actions
If you notice any of these signs or have concerns about your child's development, do consult your doctor.
Where to seek help?
Resources are availabe in the community:
Tel: 6774 6649
Address: 101 Bukit Batok West Avenue 3, #01-01 Singapore 659168
Autism Network Singapore (ANS) is a platform for Social Service
Organisations (SSOs) serving the autism community and other stakeholders
to create public awareness and mobilise support for autism.
Where to seek treatment?
Tel: 6294 4050
Address: 100 Bukit Timah Road Singapore 229899
Initial Assessment & Diagnosis
Level 5, Women's Tower, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Intervention Services Department of Child Development (HPB)
Level 2 & 4 Health Promotion Board (Outram Polyclinic)
3 Second Hospital Avenue
Department of Child Development (Sengkang)
Blk 156A, Rivervale Crescent #01-02,
What is SG Enable?
SG Enable is an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities.
Key functions of SG Enable include:
- Enhancing information and referral services for child and adult disability schemes;
- Administering grants and support to persons with disabilities and their caregivers;
- Improving transition management across different life stages;
- Enhancing employability and employment options for persons with disabilities; and
- Rallying stakeholder support in enabling persons with disabilities
What services are available for Children (0-6 Years)?
SG Enable provides information and referral services for the following services which are run by various Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs):
EIPIC provides therapy and educational support services for infants and young children with special needs.
ICCP is an inclusive child care programme for children with mild special needs.
Additionally, SG Enable provides information only for the following services:
DS and LS are short-term intervention programme that prepares children with mild developmental needs for mainstream primary school education.This programme is currently under the purview of the Ministry of Social and Family Development.
Voluntary welfare organisations provide rehabilitation and therapy services for children with special needs.
They also have programmes and services for Youths with Disabilities (7-18 Years).
What schemes are available?
If you or a family member has a disability, you can receive financial aid and other assistance.
Allow eligible persons with physical disabilities to park in accessible parking lots.
Schemes available for early intervention services.
Subsidies are available for assistive equipment and home retrofits, such as wheelchairs, hearing aids and ramps.
Transport schemes include the Public Transport Concession Scheme, the VWO Transport Subsidies and the Taxi Subsidy Scheme.
You can refer to the Ministry of Education website for details regarding Special Education.
From 2019, all children born after 1st January 2012 are required to regularly attend a Government-funded Special Education (SPED) school, unless they are granted exemption from the Compulsory Education.
For enquiries or feedback, please email
Special Education Branch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent's guide for children with special educational needs
Click here for resources available to help you support your child's special educational needs.
The Ministry of Education, together with NCSS, provides financial assistance to needy Singapore Citizen students in MOE-funded Special Education (SPED) schools so that all Singaporeans, regardless of their financial background, can benefit from the best opportunities in education.
The role of a caregiver can be greatly fulfilling, yet extremely challenging. Besides getting help and support from family members, caregivers and their care recipients can also tap on resources in the community.
View a list of subsidies and schemes for caregivers and persons with disabilities.
Learn how to start financial planning early.
Learn how parents of graduating cohorts in SPED schools, day activity centres and sheltered workshops can continue to make legal decisions on behalf of their children after they turn 21.
For More Support
To find out more of the various support available for caregivers, please visit the Enabling Guide - Caring for Caregivers page.