CBD Yummy is a lust for any smoker that has a tongue. You will have your mouth running over with water when you smell this baby!
The CBD Crew is an international project by Howard Marks (Mr. Nice), Jaime of Resin Seeds, and Scott Blakey (Shantibaba). These 3 individuals all bring many years of cannabis breeding experience to the table, and have decided to work together to produce a line of CBD-rich cannabis strains. This project was designed specifically with medical marijuana patients in mind.
At the moment, CBD Crew offers a collection of 10 great but very different strains that all have a substantial CBD percentage. Of course, not only are these strains very attractive for medical marijuana patients, but for any grower or smoker that appreciates quality cannabis!
CBD Therapy (CBD Crew) feminized
A world first in cannabis breeding, CBD Therapy by CBD Crew is a cannabis strain with a 1:20+ THC:CBD ratio. It makes her one of the most CBD rich strains on the market when compared to its THC content. Certainly one for those looking for some CBD, without the strong effects of THC. CBD Therapy has a flowering time of 8-9 weeks, with potential yields of 500g/m².
CBD Critical Mass (CBD Crew) feminized
CBD Critical Mass is a guarantee for some exquisite tasting nugs. Fast flowering and very powerful.
CBD Skunk Haze (CBD Crew) feminized
CBD Skunk Haze is the perfect Haze plant but has a nice and high CBD level.
CBD Sweet And Sour W > CBD Crew Sweet and Sour is bred with genes of the notorious White Widow. High CBD levels and a very nice effect.
CBD Mango Haze (CBD Crew) feminized
Who said good medicine must have a bitter taste? That is so wrong! CBD Mango Haze is an incredibly CBD-rich medical variety with a delicious flavor of spices, mango, pineapple and pepper. The plants have an “open” structure; means, the light can reach down to the lower branches, allowing for higher yields. Stunningly high CBD level of up to 10%.
CBD Divine (CBD Crew) regular
Named after Shen Nung, the Divine Father of Chinese agriculture who recommended the medicinal use of cannabis more than 5000 years ago, CBD Divine by CBD Crew offers a THC:CBD ratio of 1:1 to 1:2. Sweet and fruity-fresh flavours make your mouth water while the good resin production makes the strain suitable for extracts. Growers will like that the strain flowers quickly and is easy to grow.
CBD Medi Haze (CBD Crew) feminized
As the name already suggests, this is a Sativa dominant (80%) strain for medical purposes. The CBD Crew is committed to creating medical cannabis strains, but with this one they really hit the nail to the head. Actually CBD Medi Haze goes a step further than the highly sought after THC:CBD ratio of 1:1 – some plants deliver buds with a 1:2 ratio!
CBD Shark Shock (CBD Crew) feminized
CBD Shark Shock is a perfect Indica Dominant strain that will reward you with a big and strong yield.
CBD Nordle (CBD Crew) feminized
CBD Nordle is an enormous producer and will reward even the beginning grower with nice results.
CBD Indica Mix (CBD Crew) feminized
CBD Indica Mix is the perfect pick if you can’t pick and just want it all in your garden!
CBD Yummy (CBD Crew) feminized
CBD Yummy is a lust for any smoker that has a tongue. You will have your mouth running over with water when you smell this baby!
CBD OG Kush (CBD Crew) feminized
CBD OG Kush puts a fresh spin on a hugely successful strain throughout the world. OG Kush, fabled for its strong THC content, builds on that reputation with higher levels of CBD, providing renewed freshness and clarity unusual for a Kush product. Strong yields combined with compact root growth make this feminised indica the perfect flower for indoor growers.
CBD Girl Scout Cookies (CBD Crew) Feminized
CBD Girl Scout Cookies from CBD crew is a brave and masterful reimagining of Girl Scout Cookies, making the most out of the strains versatile genetics. Offering a 1:1 THC to CBD ratio with levels that reach up to 10% is a unique prospect in the cannabis market today. A worthy acquisition for all those that value the power of CBD and a potent high.
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Information CBD Crew
CBD Crew is a collaborative project between the expert breeders of Mr. Nice Seeds and Resin Seeds, with Howard Marks, Shantibaba, and Jamie of Resin Seeds all being heavily involved. The goal behind their crusade was to make CBD, one of the major non-psychoactive compounds of cannabis, available to anyone who would seek it. It is this mission statement that allowed them to put usual business rivalries aside and come together to improve the seed market, and the cannabis community as a whole.
Their story began back in 2009, at Spannabis in Barcelona. Resin Seeds gave Canna labs a sample of their Cannatonic, which came back with a CBD:THC ratio of 1:1. It was their first successful foray into CBD genetics, but there was still a lot more work to do. At the time, only 50% of their Cannatonic seeds were producing CBD-rich bud, so much more breeding and refinement was required. It is, without a doubt, a gigantic undertaking. In order to try and cut down on the huge amount of work required, Mr. Nice and Resin Seeds decided to pool their knowledge as a team and form CBD Crew, a breeding project whose ultimate aim is to produce high-quality, CBD-rich cannabis seeds for the world to enjoy.
Today, CBD Crew continues to innovate and set the standard for cannabis strains with high concentrations of CBD. In fact, other seedbanks are now working in conjunction with CBD Crew, sending them samples for CBD Crew’s endorsement! Their standards are so high that other seedbanks see their endorsement as a badge of honour.
Included in their catalogue of highly-regarded strains are CBD Shark Shock, CBD MediHaze, CBD OG Kush and CBD Skunk Haze; all of which have set the bar high for future CBD breeding, and are actively being used to make novel CBD hybrids.
Packaging CBD Crew
All CBD Crew cannabis seeds come packaged in a sealed foil bag, ensuring seeds are kept safe, stable, and tamper-proof.
CBD Crew cannabis seeds are sold in packs of 5, available in feminized, autoflowering, and regular varieties.
Awards CBD Crew
CBD Crew sets the bar high when it comes to breeding, so it only makes sense that they would win some awards for it.
• 2015 Medical Stars Award, Best CBD strain
A crossing of Super Silver Haze with Neville’s Haze, further crossed with a CBD parent, CBD MediHaze is a sativa-dominant beast packing some heavy potency. She grows with a reliable vigour and is able to produce yields up to 550g/m² of sweet and spicy bud after 9–10 weeks of flowering. In terms of potency, the CBD:THC ratio can vary between 1:1–10:1, giving CBD MediHaze a range of potential applications. Both the CBD and THC content can vary between 6–15%. The THC has never been found to exceed the CBD content.
CBD Skunk Haze
• 2013 TreatingYourself Expo, Sativa Cup
CBD Skunk Haze is one of CBD Crew’s most popular hybrids, producing abundant yields and offering easy-to-grow characteristics. The genetics are split 50/50, providing the grower with the best of both sativa and indica traits. She has a flowering time of 10 weeks, and is able to produce yields of up to 450g/m² of woody, citrus-flavoured bud. All CBD Skunk Haze plants produce a CBD:THC ratio of 1:1, with both CBD and THC content varying between 5–12%.
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Media Articles 2019
13 January 2019
The Straits Times published an article on how members of the public can declutter their house through proper disposal, recycle or even donating pre-loved items. MINDS is being mentioned as one of the organisations who runs four thrift stores carrying pre-loved items that are as good as new.
Media Articles 2018
5 December 2018
Channelnewsasia.com published a video about the special education schools in Singapore and how they are geared into catering for more students with special needs as the Compulsory Education Act comes into act in 2019.
1 December 2018
Timeout.com published a listicle of places to volunteer at Singapore. MINDS is one of the organisations listed who strives to create a more inclusive society by providing assistance to the intellectually disabled via schools, training programmes, projects and vocational training.
30 November 2018
Capital 95.8FM interviewed Ms Tay Yu Ping, acting senior social worker from MINDS Woodlands Gardens School about her experiences working as a social worker with children with special needs. Tay Yu Ping won the Promising Social Worker Award.
20 November 2018
The New Paper featured an article on how to deal with unwanted clothes. MINDS is being mentioned as one of the organisation where individuals can donated pre-loved goods to.
16 November 2018
The Straits Times published an article on the winners of Outstanding Social Worker Award 2018. Ms Tay Yu Ping, acting senior social worker from MINDS Woodlands Gardens School was one of the four winners. Ms Tay started a programme at MINDS to help siblings of children with intellectual disability to learn more about the condition and cope with their emotions.
1 November 2018
>a href=”https://www.beritaharian.sg/setempat/hargai-jasa-guru-sekolah-pendidikan-khas-yang-latih-murid-berdikari”>Berita Harian published an article on Salim’s progress into an independent adult, under the kind guidance of the teachers from MINDS Woodlands Gardens School. Having worked in WGS for the past 20 years, Ms Santha Raman was given special mention in helping Salim during his schooling age.
16 October 2018
Several news outlets wrote an article on the various respite care services available for caregivers to persons with different needs. MINDS’ SSCC and customised respite care were listed as two of the newest services available for persons with special needs so that their caregivers can have the much needed respite.
12 October 2018
Channel NewsAsia wrote an article and video on MINDS Woodlands Gardens School’s before-and-after school centre, Special Student Care Centre (SSCC), which is the first of its kind within the organisation. The MP for Sembawang, Mr Amrin Amin, also mentioned that the GRC will be working closely with MINDS and WGS in particular to explore greater social integration within the community.
11 October 2018
Telecompaper wrote a post on 6th Singtel Carnival at the Singapore Expo which was attended by 1,400 students from 14 out of 19 special education (SPED) schools including beneficiaries of the Singtel Touching Lives Fund (STLF). MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School was listed as one of Singtel’s six charity beneficiaries.
8 October 2018
Lianhe Zaobao reported on the annual charity dinner held by Kowloon Club Singapore. This is the first time in 7 years that the club has raised such a huge amount, $13800, for Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital. MINDS was also cited as one of the charity organisations that the club works with to give back to their new homeland – Singapore.
3 October 2018
Lianhe Zaobao reported on MINDS Woodlands Gardens School’s use of Magic Mirror to complement their teaching of daily living skills. The machine allows students to learn how to take public transport and deal with unexpected situations (e.g. insufficient credit in Ez-link, train delay etc.) During the trial period, the handful of students have shown promising results after using this technology, hence, the school is planning to expose more students to this machine.
26 September 2018
Lianhe Zaobao reported on the Mid-Autumn event organised by Dunman High School. MINDS Towner Gardens School was one of the special guests who were invited to the event.
24 September 2018
Lianhe Zaobao reported on project by HeritageCares where over 500 low-income families got to tour and participate in activities at the Asian Civilisations Museum and Peranakan Museum. MINDS was mentioned as one of the charity organisation that took part in this project back in 2017.
21 September 2018
Channel NewsAsia did a feature article on Ms. Sally May Tan who succeeds as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MINDS. Sally will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies that advance education, training and care; all towards MINDS’ overall mission to further encourage integration and inclusion of persons with intellectual disability (PWIDs) into society. Sally was invited to various media to share more about her plans and thoughts of the disability sector.
MINDS Film Festival
The third edition of the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore’s (MINDS) Film Festival incorporated, for the first time, two locally commissioned short films produced by Mr Royston Tan from Chuan Pictures. Both short films were screened publically for the first time today during the festival’s opening at GVMax Vivocity. Various news media reported on the film festival as well as the stories of MINDS’ beneficiaries that mirrored the narratives of the movies.
11 September 2018
Lianhe Zaobao reported on the benefit of Art therapy for MINDS Woodlands Gardens School’s student, Shu Hong Zheng (17years old) through Club Rainbow. Although Shu Hong Zheng got to learn some daily living skills from his school, but he still face great difficulties in language and communication.
31 August 2018
a href=”https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/film-picks-asian-restored-classics”>The Straits Times published an article on the 3rd annual edition of MINDS Film Festival, where films on persons with intellectual disability were screen to put the spotlight on their challenges and triumphs. The article had also mentioned about the two specially commissioned short films by local film-maker Royston Tan – Rehearsal and Layang Layang Terbang Melayang.
On Asiaone, Ms Sally May Tan was reported to be on the helm as the new Chief Executive Officer of MINDS with a renewed focus on Core Curriculum and Caregiver Support. In this role, Ms Sally May Tan will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies that advance education, training and care; all towards MINDS’ overall mission of integration and inclusion of persons with intellectual disability (PWIDs) into society.
Caregivers’ Wellness Day
Over 1-2 September 2018, various news media reported on MINDS’ first-ever Caregiver’s Wellness Day held at Our Tampines Hub which celebrated the importance of caregivers adopting healthy lifestyles amidst their busy day-to-day load of caring for a loved one with special needs. MINDS made two announcements – adult sibling caregiver support group and a respite care programme. Adult sibling caregivers, Madam Sarojah Ayasamy and Mdm Christine Chiu, were also interviewed about how the project group has helped them to better cope with their responsibility over their siblings with special needs.
29 August 2018
The Straits Times published an article on the film festival scene in Singapore with events with themes ranging from accounting to fly fishing. MINDS Film Festival was also mentioned as one of the many film festivals slated in the month of September.
18 August 2018
Sponsored by SG Cares, The Mothership released an article on its author’s personal experience volunteering at MINDS Me Too! Club. Overall, the author recalled many positive encounters with the beneficiaries and highly recommend others to volunteer too.
15 August 2018
The Straits Times reported on polytechnic graduate students winning prize for tracking dementia patient. Meanwhile, the article also mentioned another six students winning the award for a collaboration with MINDS for its wearable tracking device which enables caregiver to track and monitor those with intellectual disabilities.
The New Paper reported on the success of WGS student, Ang Wei Jie, who received the Lee Kuan Yew Exemplary Student Award. His diligent and perseverance facilitated him in picking up new skills quickly and even represented his school in a floorball competition.
14 August 2018
The Straits Times published an article about the winners of the Lee Hsien Loong Interactive Digital Media Smart Nation Award, an award that recognizes polytechnic students in the areas of interactive digital media. MINDS is the voluntary welfare organisation who worked with one of the award winners, who came up with a devise to provide all-rounded supervision of its beneficiaries.
13 August 2018
Ms Sally May Tan, CEO of MINDS, shared on The Business Times about the organisation’s positive experience with hiring its own beneficiaries and how they helped to create a happier working environment.
8 August 2018
The Business Times reported on Singtel’s annual charity golf event which raised a total of S$1.16million for their Singtel Touching Lives Fund’s beneficiaries. MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School is one of the 6 adopted SPED schools who will be receiving this donation.
2 August 2018
The Business Times wrote an article on Dell and its comprehensive programmes that aim to transform the communities it serves and operates in. Dell’s team members are encouraged to make use of their skills and expertise to support their most passionate causes. MINDS was mentioned as Dell’s corporate charity since 2013. Dell provides servers, touch screen monitors and tablets to Minds’ clients, which are loaded with apps to help them develop their cognitive abilities like hand-eye coordination. The initiative with MINDS is one of the ways Dell team members are continuously finding new and innovative ways to strengthen communities and make a positive social impact, said Ng Tian Beng, senior vice-president and general manager, channels, APJ, Dell EMC.
29 July 2018
The Straits Times featured Ms Deborah Ong, a volunteer from MINDS Me Too! Club, in their latest “Live More In A Minute video” series, produced by Singapore Press Holdings’ integrated marketing division and sponsored by DBS Bank. Ms Ong shared the scope of her volunteering work and how the act has enriched her life. One of the clients includes Ms Judith Teo. MINDS’ Deputy CEO, Ms Koh Gee May, marked how volunteers like Ms Ong has helped in the marked improvements in their children are social and self-help skills.
1 July 2018
The Straits Times wrote a sponsored article on how attaining a master’s degree from NIE has helped individuals to excel in their job. The article cited Mr Vimallan Manokara as an example whose master’s degree has enabled him to expand his work and improve his professional standing as a clinician.
29 June 2018
The Straits Times mentioned about MINDS in an article about a carnival organised by Kuo Chuan Presbyterian School where proceeds from the carnival will be split equally to the school’s six partners. MINDS was one of the partners working with the school.
28 June 2018
Borneo Bulletin and The Daily Star published an article on how differently abled people were able to enhance their employability, seek employment options through various assistance schemes and tools. MINDS was being mentioned as one of the agency to assist persons with special needs in seeking employment.
26 June 2018
Channel NewsAsia gave a sneak peek into the 2018 National Day Parade (NDP) funpacks which, for the first time, were designed by SPED students. MINDS Fernvale Gardens School and Towner Garden School’s students were photographed as part of the 38 person-strong group who designed the NDP funpacks.
25 June 2018
The Straits Time published 2 articles on the new record Citi Singapore had broken by having the most number of people playing chapteh together. The five-minute challenge by the 595 staff of Citi Singapore was part of the bank’s activities for its family day and global community day, held at Bishan Park. The event was the culmination of the bank’s participation in more than 40 community initiatives and events this month, mobilising a total of 5,200 staff and as one of the charity organisation, they approached MINDS to provide food and drinks at the event.
6 June 2018
The Lookout Navy News published an article about HMCS Vancouver visiting Singapore and participating in an outreach programme with MINDS. MINDS was being mentioned in the article as the crew visited ETDC where they joined MINDS clients to sing songs, play games, etc.
5 June 2018
In conjunction with World Environment Day, 938 Now DJ Charlotte Mei spoke to Florence Tay and Jeff Lam, founders of Singapore’s first package-free grocery store, Unpackt. MINDS was mentioned for its collaboration with Ecosoft, which is where Unpackt sourced for its zero-waste detergents.
3 June 2018
Channel 8 news featured how persons with intellectual disability can be included as the nation geared towards a digitally powered nation with Ms Evelyn Leong, Director of Corporate Development and Outreach being featured and interviewed.
22 May 2018
The Straits Time published an article about charity organisations were now able to receive greater aid in managing their IT systems with a new non-profit IT cloud service company called iSHine Cloud. This iSHine Cloud platform was a collaboration between Singpaore Pools and the National Council of Social Service which was announced at the Singapore Pools’ golden jubilee celebration at JW Marriott Hotel yesterday. MINDS was being mentioned as one of the charity partners who performed at the celebration of Singapore Pools.
13 May 2018
Borneo Bulletin did an interview with MINDS’ Applied Research Fellow/Senior Practitioner (Psychology), Vimallan Manokara, to understand how the flexible education offered by NIE helped him in his professional growth.
5 May 2018
TODAY reported on the mass cycling event for special-needs youths which was part of the OCBC’s Teach A Special Needs Youth to Cycle programme. The programme aimed to teach different disadvantaged segments of society to cycle. It was an extension of the bank’s community engagement programme for its annual mass-cycling event. The TODAY Enable Fund (TEF), which focused on efforts to enhance the education, skills and employment prospects of persons with disabilities, was one of the bank’s charity partners. MINDS was mentioned in the article as one of the three special needs organisations that participated in this event.
4 May 2018
Channel 8’s Morning Express «. » show featured the first zero-waste grocery store in Singapore, Unpackt, where customers were required to bring their own containers and bags to carry their purchases home. MINDS IEDC was featured as their social enterprise’s incubatee, Ecosoft, was featured for supplying cleaning products to Unpackt in bulk and without waste.
3 May 2018
The Straits Times, The NewPaper and Lianhe Zaobao reported that MINDS officially opened the Sensory Gym, a sensory integration therapy room that provides active sensory play in a safe and goal-driven environment at [email protected] – a multi-service centre situated at Lorong Napiri. It was the first sensory integration therapy room for adult clients with moderate to severe intellectual disability within MINDS, which enabled them to develop vital skills in the areas of sensory integration, core strength, balance, fine motor skills, language, behaviour, attention, and social skills.
30 April 2018
The Straits Times published a feature article on thrift shopping around Singapore island where MINDS Shop plus was featured as one of the thrifts stores in Singapore that sells a good selection of trendy clothes.
29 April 2018
Lianhe Zaobao mentioned that 800 MINDS students had participated in the Souls4Soles donation drive, of which 6 student representatives came to dropped off the shoes. After the CDO director found out about the donation drive, she informed the schools to take part to educate the students about giving back to the society despite being a beneficiary themselves.
The Straits Times published an article on OCBC Teach A Special Needs Youth To Cycle campaign as part of the OCBC Cycle annual event. MINDS was mentioned as one of the beneficiaries for the programme.
28 April 2018
Channel NewsAsia wrote a feature page on UnPackt, a packaging-free grocery store that was launching in Singapore. Inspired to do more for the environment, the company focused on reducing waste products and using natural ingredients that would not harm the ecological system. Ecosense and MINDS were mentioned for supplying eco-enzyme detergents to UnPackt.
26 April 2018
J.P. Morgan returned for its 15th edition where it attracted 14,256 participants from 387 companies. Human Resources Online, Run Society and Justrunlah reported that the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge was part of a global series that began on 13 July 1977 in New York’s Central Park and is the longest-running corporate sporting event in the world. Singapore is the second stop of the 2018 series. Keeping with tradition, J.P. Morgan will be making a charitable donation on behalf of all the participants to MINDS, its beneficiary for 2018. A number of the beneficiaries also joined in on this meaningful run.
22 April 2018
As part of commemorating Earth Day, the online community, namely Singsaver, The Online Citizen and Her World came up with ways to reduce wastage and save the environment. Among the ways were some suggestions that would give pre-loved items a new lease of life. MINDS was mentioned as one of them that collected pre-loved items. They further elaborated that by donating pre-loved items to MINDS, it would help contribute directly to persons with intellectual disability by equipping them with relevant skills and integrate them into society.
18 April 2018
The Straits Times did a full-page article on the non-profit group, Love Kuching Project. Love Kuching Project dabbled into a wide range of cat-related activities such as rehabilitation for vulnerable stray cats, rehome them, cat care education and outreach and cat-assisted therapy. The adult residents at MINDSville were one of the many groups who were benefitting from this service. Ms Sivasankari Neelothpalam, an occupational therapist at MINDSville remarked that this initiative helped to boost the harmony among the adult residents and also brought them happiness.
4 April 2018
Lianhe Zaobao published an article about MINDS’ self-advocacy joint project with Down Syndrome Association – Our Lives Our Voices – that aims to empower 70 persons with special needs to find their own voices to speak up about themselves. Ms Evelyn Leong, Director of Corporate Development & Outreach said that in order for the society to accept persons with special needs, a platform would be required for persons with special needs to speak up about themselves, to enable people around them to understand better about their thoughts and choices they made in life.
22 March 2018
The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, The Business Times and Shinmin Daily published an article on the official opening of MINDS Developmental Disabilities Medical Clinic as the first clinic of its kind in Singapore that offers specialised medical attention and pre-assessment. To date, 100 people with intellectual disabilities had benefitted since its soft launch last July.
21 March 2018
Mediacorp Channel 8 News and Channel NewsAsia, Singapore Tonight featured the opening of MINDS Developmental Disabilities Medical Clinic, which happened on World Down Syndrome Day. The clinic will enable persons with intellectual disabilities to receive more comprehensive health care that better cater to their needs through referrals to the appropriate health specialists. President Halimah commented the clinic is situated in a safe environment for the clients to receive treatment.
18 March 2018
Channel NewsAsia did a feature on the caregivers of persons with disability. Mr Tony Tan, MINDS CEO was featured as he spoke about caregivers putting their charges at residential homes.
24 February 2018
A commentary published on Channel NewsAsia explained how more effort was needed to be put into place besides an increase in financial aid for students in the Budget 2018. A photo of the Buddy-reading programme between Fernvale Primary School and MINDS Fernvale Gardens School was used to illustrate her point that students who are more fluent in reading can offer to help the weaker students to bridge the large language gap between them.
14 February 2018
Singapore Management University published a two-part research paper that explored the problems that MINDS SEED faced. Part A of the paper delved into the concerns of Jeff Kwan, Director of Social Enterprises and Employment Development (SEED), over mission drift and talent conflict relating to MINDS while part B followed MINDS soon after it revamped its training programmes to improve the employability of clients and established a social enterprise incubator in which the incubatees would be required to provide jobs for the clients in return for a rent-free space to run their businesses. But Kwan still had to figure out a sustainable means of funding the incubator.
1 February 2018
Berita Harian and Lianhe Zaobao published articles about MINDS’ opening of Yishun Training & Development Centre, the first centre dedicated for clients with autism. The event was graced by Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim. It also elaborated that MINDS would be opening another centre in April 2018.
31 January 2018
Channel NewsAsia’s Singapore news programme, Singapore Tonight, Channel 8 News, Channel 5 News and Capital 95.8FM reported on MINDS’ opening of Yishun Training & Development Centre, dedicated for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The programmes elaborated on features that enable persons with ASD to manage their sensory experiences, and further added about MINDS’ expansion plans on opening two more day activity centres in April 2018 and 2019, as well as doubling its capacity of Home-based Care Services.
22 January 2018
TODAY published an article about the event OCBC Cycle in which they adopted TODAY Enable Fund as its charity partner. This year, the cycling event would be seeing participation of 48 youths with disabilities. MINDS was mentioned in the article as one of the beneficiaries participating in the event.
12 January 2018
The Straits Times interviewed various VWOs for their opinion of Dr Lily Neo’s suggestion on setting up a national register of people with intellectual disabilities so that the authorities can track and assist them. MINDS’ CEO, Mr Tony S. Tan, commented that the registry can be helpful if it builds a support network for PWIDs and that it should also include useful information for the respective caregivers. To ensure confidentiality is observed, the registry should be managed by government agency.
8 January 2018
The Business Times released an article on “company of good”, featuring Maybank. In the list of diverse corporate social activities that Maybank is engaged in, MINDS SPED School was mentioned as one of the recipients of the volunteers’ help in sprucing up the school environment.
Media Articles 2017
29 December 2017
The Straits Times wrote an article to discuss about the Vulnerable Adults Act’s benefits in view of the unfortunate death of Ms Annie Ee. MINDS was quoted to be in favour of the law as it allows the Government to enter the house of a suspected victim to assess the situation and remove the person to safety if necessary as well, enabling professionals to intervene more swiftly and effectively to shield those in need of protection.
17 December 2017
Scandasia.com published an article about Finland conferring the Commander First Class of the Lion of Finland award to Singapore Ambassador to Finland, Jayalekshmi Mohideen during their 100th Anniversary celebration as an independent nation. The article elaborated on Mrs Mohideen’s diplomatic work. It further adds that Mrs Mohideen was also the president of MINDS in 2003 to 2009.
5 December 2017
The Business Times published a feature article detailing the rags-to-riches journey of entrepreneurs Chatri Sityodtong and Saurabh Mittal. MINDS was mentioned as one of the VWOs he support as part of his philanthropic efforts.
15 November 2017
In relation to NCSS’ “See The True Me” Campaign, Shin Min Daily News covered the stories of 2 caregivers from MINDS Me Too! Club – Mr Saw and Mdm Phong. The article shared about the caregivers’ sacrifices while taking care of their special needs child prior to joining MTC and the various benefits that they and their child enjoy after joining MTC.
9 November 2017
An article published on TodayOnline featured Speaker of parliament, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin proposing technology as a resource for manpower-strapped Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) at the 10th anniversary of the Computing for Voluntary Welfare Organisations (CVWO) initiative by the School of Computing. MINDS was mentioned as one of the VWOs that CVWO has worked with to build IT systems to help improve their work processes and enhance operational efficiency.
5 November 2017
The New Age Parents compiled a list of organizations who accept preloved items. MINDS was mentioned for taking in preloved furniture, clothes, collectibles and house wares which the trainees would then sort and tag for sales in the respective thrift shops.
26 October 2017
Lianhe Zaobao wrote an article on MINDS Me Too! Club’s (MTC) Halloween Party collaboration that was part of NCSS’ See The True Me Campaign. 2 caregivers, Mr Saw and Mdm Phong, shared about the reasons why they decided to enrol their children into MTC and how they improved as a result of this service. A member of the public also expressed how such opportunities are beneficial for others to learn more about persons with special needs and she thoroughly enjoyed her time with the clients.
25 October 2017
958FM News shared about the MINDS Me Too! Club’s (MTC) Halloween Party collaboration that was part of NCSS’ See The True Me Campaign. Mr Saw, a caregiver, shared about the positive impacts on his daughter after enrolling her in MTC for just 1 year. A member of the public who signed up for the event also expressed how such opportunities are beneficial for others to learn more about persons with special needs and she thoroughly enjoyed her time with the clients.
20 October 2017
958 FM broadcasted an interview that they had with participants from Community Chest Heartstrings Walk 2017. 2 of the participants were student, Shawn, and his teacher, Ms Tan Chye Hong, from TGS. Shawn shared about his positive experience at the event and in school, while Ms Tan shared how MINDS SPED schools help to develop the students’ talents and the events where public can participate in if they would like to know more about PWIDs.
18 October 2017
To commemorate Datuk Lee Kong Chian’s 50th Death Anniversary, Lianhe Zaobao did a feature article on all the landmarks and buildings which were named after him. One of the buildings is MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School (previously known as Lee Kong Chian Centre) which was built thanks to the Datuk’s generous donation. It was the first permanent facility under MINDS and the first centre to provide schooling for children with intellectual disability, with proper classrooms.
15 October 2017
The Straits Times and Berita Harian reported on the launch of Job Shadowing Day which will be an annual programme starting next year. MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School’s student, Nur Farahnisha Sahlan, who took part in this pilot project back in 2016 was attached to Pan Pacific Hotel and got to learn housekeeping skills alongside a mentor for a day. The tasks were broken down to simpler steps for her and she also made new friends through the experience.
An article from The Straits Times featured 3 former high-fliers who switched their careers to work in non-profit organisations. MINDS’ Corporate Outreach and Development Director, Ms Leong, was one of the 3 interviewees. She attributed her love for charity work to her aunt which eventually influenced her career path. Even now that she is working in MINDS, she continues to do acts of kindness by donating regularly through online portals.
14 October 2017
The Straits Times covered the Community Chest Awards ceremony event at the Istana where it was announced that from next year, it will give its annual awards to individuals and groups that embrace inclusive employment practices, and those who contribute their time and skills to benefit the disadvantaged. MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School Choir had the honour to perform at this distinguished event.
An article published on The Straits Times reported on the launch of Job Shadowing Day which will be an annual programme starting next year. MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School’s student, Nur Farahnisha Sahlan, who took part in this pilot project back in 2016 was attached to Pan Pacific Hotel and got to learn housekeeping skills alongside a mentor for a day. Her positive attitude during that session further landed her a 4-months long attachment at the hotel which she just completed earlier in the year.
Channel 8 News reported on the launch of Job Shadowing Day which will be an annual programme starting next year. MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School’s student, Nur Farahnisha Sahlan, who took part in this pilot project back in 2016 was attached to Pan Pacific Hotel and got to learn housekeeping skills alongside a mentor for a day. Her positive attitude during that session further landed her a 3-months long attachment at the hotel which she just completed earlier in the year. MINDS LGS’ Job Coach, Mr Stephen Choon, shared about the benefits of this programme and praised the programme for offering more variety of corporate partners, on top of those whom the schools have sourced for.
10 October 2017
ChinaPress published an article on Special Olympics Bowling and Badminton athlete, Elisa. Her mother shared the hardships that the family went through to care for Elisa upon knowing her condition. It was also mentioned that Elisa used to attend MINDS Sped school till she was 18 years old which is the usual age limit that other VWOs in the special needs sector have for students that they cater to. After 18, Elisa had to find employment as there are fewer services that will take her in. Luckily, her mother managed to get her a simple packaging job.
1 October 2017
The Straits Times wrote an article on the employment difficulties that Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) face. Director of Corporate Development and Outreach, Ms Evelyn Leong, shared about MINDS clients’ capabilities and various support from MINDS to help them to become fully employed in the general labour market.
The Straits Times wrote a feature post on Superhero Me, an inclusive arts programme run by Lien Foundation. MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School was mentioned as 1 of the few special needs organizations which participated in the mentioned programme.
12 September 2017
The Straits Times published an article on the aging population of caregivers for persons with special needs. MINDS CSSC was listed as one of the hotlines that the caregivers for persons with special needs can call to get help.
8 September 2017
The Straits Times reported that many Social Service organisations are now doing market research to produce quality items that appeal to consumers. MINDS was listed as one of the success stories who succeeded in changing its social enterprise model that it was able to pay $1 million in performance bonus to the clients involved in the production.
31 August 2017
The Straits Times reported that Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and its charity arm, the SPH Foundation, donated a total of $350,000 to Community Chest, which will be used for its beneficiaries. As MINDS is one of the member charities under Community Chest, Fernvale Gardens School’s dance group was invited to perform at the event.
10 August 2017
The Straits Times did an interview on Mrs Nirmala Gopiendran as part of their “The Lives They Live” series. SARC, now known as MINDS, was the first social service organization that Mrs Gopi worked in that led to her 4 decades of service in this sector.
8 August 2017
Berita Harian interviewed MINDS Taiko Drum Troupe on their upcoming performance at the National Day Parade (NDP) 2017. This is the 2nd time MINDS Taiko Drum has performed is performing at the NDP and this time round, they are collaborating with The Purple Symphony.
27 July 2017
The Straits Times wrote an article on MINDS Film Festival‘s opening film “The Importance Of Tying Your Own Shoes”. The Film Director, Lena Koppel, was interviewed and expressed that people are low-key ashamed of having children with special needs, which drives her to want to make the movie and show that there is no limit to their abilities.
21 July 2017
TODAY published an article on Mr Chew, one of three employees who received the newly introduced “Enabling Buddies” award during the 4th Enabling Employers Awards ceremony. MINDS is one of the partner of Yishun Community Hospital where its Job Coaches work with Mr Chew to modify the work to suit MINDS’ clients.
The Straits Times wrote an opinion piece on why the title “VWO” is irrelevant to charity organizations in today’s society. MINDS was mentioned as an example of a medium-sized corporation that hires hundreds staff, including professionals, and manage an income of $55 millions of dollars which is vastly different from what a VWO is supposed to be like.
The Straits Times chose MINDS Film Festival‘s opening film “The Importance Of Tying Your Own Shoes” as one of the four film picks of the week.
17 July 2017
TODAY reflected on their two-day fundraising roadshow at Orchard Gatewa for their TODAY Enable Fund. One of the consumable items sold at the event was MINDS’ bottled water. All the money raised will be used to bolster the aspirations of persons with special needs.
7 July 2017
Radio Capital 95.8FM invited three representatives from the social service sectors to discuss about the 4ST that was announced yesterday, including MINDS CDO Director, Ms Evelyn Leong. Ms Evelyn shared about MINDS’ MIIDD collaborative project with Down Syndrome Association “Our Lives, Our Voices” which aims to equip beneficiaries with the resources to learn to represent themselves and their community. She also shared about the various platforms through which MINDS empower their clients in (e.g. MINDS Taiko Drum Troupe performing at international stages, Terrarium workshop etc.) where beneficiaries are no longer limited to be on the receiving ends at any befriending opportunities.
The Straits Times reported that the Purple Symphony will be performing for the first time at the National Day Parade (NDP) 2017, to promote a caring spirit and to highlight the message of inclusivity. Other NDPs in recent years have highlighted a message of inclusivity too and MINDS Taiko Drum Troupe was highlighted for performing in NDP 2014.
Channel 8’s Hello Singapore programme invited NCSS and MINDS to share about the 4ST programme. Representing MINDS is its CDO Director, Ms Evelyn, who shared about the various enterprises which aim to empower MINDS clients (e.g. MINDS Taiko Drum Troupe, MINDS Bakers etc.) by tapping into their talents to make a living. She also shared about MINDS’ MIIDD collaborative project with Down Syndrome Association “Our Lives, Our Voices” which aims to equip beneficiaries with the resources to learn to represent themselves and their community.
6 July 2017
The Straits Times reported on NCSS’ new five-year road map for the social service sector. MINDS was mentioned for working with the Down Syndrome Association on a two-year pilot project to formally train young people with intellectual and developmental disability, so as to build up their self-esteem and polish their public speaking skills, starting this month. This is so that they can learn to advocate for themselves.
The Straits Times featured the life story of Madam Ng Ah Chun, caregiver to MINDS’ client, Mr Tan Chye Teck. Madam Ng adopted the abandoned Mr Tan since young and raised him up by her own hands. A spokesman from MINDS mentioned that in the past, having a person with intellectual disability was often view as a source of shame and families would even try to get rid of such children. However, attitudes have changed and people are now more compassionate where parents are providing their children who have special needs with the best that they can provide.
The Straits Times reported that the Purple Symphony will be performing for the first time at the National Day Parade (NDP) 2017, to promote a caring spirit and to highlight the message of inclusivity. Other NDPs in recent years have highlighted a message of inclusivity too and MINDS Taiko Drum Troupe was highlighted for performing in NDP 2014.
TODAY reported on the Social Service Sector Strategic Thrusts (4ST), a 5 year roadmap for the sector co-developed by NCSS with Stakeholders in the social service ecosystem. MINDS was mentioned for collaborating with Down Syndrome Association for a two-year joint pilot project to train people with intellectual and development disability, so as to build their self-esteem and polish their public speaking skills. Dr Jeffrey Chan, Minds’ deputy chief executive officer, said the training would give these people a chance to “craft and tell their own life stories”.
5 July 2017
The Straits Times reported on NCSS’ new five-year road map for the social service sector. MINDS was mentioned for working with the Down Syndrome Association on a two-year pilot project to formally train young people with intellectual and developmental disability, so as to build up their self-esteem and polish their public speaking skills, starting this month. This is so that they can learn to advocate for themselves.
3 July 2017
The Straits Times reported on the winning entry to the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Theme Motif Design Contest. Fildzah Hanani Abdul Malik, a student from MINDS Towner Gardens School, created the winning piece in three sessions using an iPad application with the help of her teacher, Ms Chan Sok Hiang. She beat 482 other competitors to clinch the title.
29 June 2017
The Straits Times did a brief write-up on various volunteering activities. One of which is the picnic between young befrienders and clients from MINDS NTDC at Labrador Nature Reserve. The befrienders, who were recruited through Youth Corps Singapore, will spend time with and host games for the Minds trainees.
19 June 2017
TODAY wrote an article to appreciate the volunteers at the National Parks Board (NParks) who helped to discovered or rediscovered marine and terrestrial animals, plants and insects species. One of the volunteers is Jenny Lim, a senior teacher at the MINDS Woodlands Gardens School. She is a nature guide at Pulau Ubin and the Istana and applied what she has learnt by setting up a butterfly garden at her school last year.
16 June 2017
Lianhe Zaobao published an article, introducing the new MINDS CEO, Mr Tony Tan See-Boon. Mr Tony mentioned that he will be developing on the “whole-person” approach, where MINDS should think in their clients’ perspective and provide the services that they require for a more holistic learning.
2 June 2017
The Straits Times published an interview with the new MINDS CEO, Mr Tony Tan See-Boon.
TODAY did a two-page article on the new CEO of MINDS, Mr Tony Tan See-Boon. It shed light on his plans for the future of MINDS. MINDS need to take on a more “whole-person” approach to help beneficiaries to transit into different stages of their lives by providing more vocational training in its schools to help its clients ease into the workforce upon graduation. Mr Tan also hopes to expand the organisation’s capabilities and services to help more children who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, for instance.
TODAY did a two-page article on the new CEO of MINDS, Mr Tony Tan See-Boon. In this page, it delved deeper into the new CEO’s familial support, exposure to persons with special needs and his eventual decision to take up his current position in MINDS.
1 June 2017
The Straits Times announced Mr Tim Oei as the new director of NKF. MINDS’ ex-CEO, Mr Keh, described Mr Oei “as a man with a heart for the disadvantaged in society”.
30 May 2017
Berita Harian published an article on MINDS Taiko Drummers taking part in the Disability-Inclusive Drum Performance in ASEAN and Japan, held in Bangkok. Both clients, Mr Khairullizam Omar and Mr Muhammad Abdul Rahim Shah, are honoured and excited to represent Singapore. Their Training Officer, Mr Muhammad Abdul Rahim Shah, is confident that the troupe will be able to continue their fasting and have contacted the organizers to help with the respective preparation.
The New Paper covered the event, Let’s Take a Walk (LTAW), non-profit endurance walking event organised by volunteers from Raleigh Singapore. MINDS was mentioned as one of the past beneficiaries of this event.
24 May 2017
TODAY and The Straits Time reported on the expansion plan for three SPED schools to accommodate the increase in number of students with moderate to severe ASD. While waiting for its new campus to be up and running, AWWA school will operate out of MINDS Fernvale Garden School, starting from the second half of the year.
23 May 2017
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong uploaded a Facebook post on MINDS Water, recommending more local businesses to support this social enterprise by MINDS.
21 May 2017
TODAY published a post on the health challenges faced by persons with special needs. Mr Kiran Raj S Vanu’s, a client at MINDS SMEDC, interaction with the doctor at A&E when he suffered from a hairline crack in his left leg, was highlighted. His mother explained how the doctor did not know how to communicate with Mr Kira which resulted in him not receiving appropriate help in his recovery process. The deputy chief executive officer of MINDS, Dr Jeffrey Chan, explained that persons with special needs also have earlier onsets of various health problems, aside from those that are due to late detection as they are unable to articulate their discomfort. As a result, MINDS is opening a consultation clinic that will track the clients’ medical health through a health booklet.
20 May 2017
The Newpaper featured Madam Priscilla Theseira who helped to prepare meals for all the athletes and coaches for the 9th Special Olympics. Madam Priscilla used to work in MINDS as a teacher in1976 at a special needs centre in Buangkok, then in Towner Gardens School, before becoming the principal of Jurong Gardens School. She said that seeing how her students have grown up to be self-sufficient and remember her, really makes her day. She will continue to volunteer at the Special Olympics for as long as she is able to.
Mediacorp Channel 5 featured MINDS Hi-Job! Client, Mr Salim, on one of the episodes on “On The Red Dot – Work in Progress” at 9pm. “On the Red Dot” turns the spotlight on jobs in Singapore in its second season of “Work In Progress”. The four-part series zooms in on a different sector each week and takes viewers behind the scenes to discover surprising facts about a job. This week they go behind the scenes of the special needs sector and meet with job coaches who bridge their special needs clients with potential employers. They go the extra mile to ensure that the new job’s social and physical environment suits their client. They shadow Galvin Sandhu’s client, who has Down Syndrome, to see how he has been moulded into a confident, independent worker.
The programme was also on repeat telecast on Channel NewAsia on Sunday 22 May 2017, 10.30pm. The show was also featured on Toggle as well as CNA Insider which garnered 1.8million views and more than 29,000 shares.
18 May 2017
a href=”http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/easier-for-parents-to-be-deputies-to-their-special-needs-child”>The Straits Times wrote an article on the decreased application fee for deputyship for parents over their special needs child. MINDS was highlighted for starting the pilot project with its SPED schools, before it was spread to other SPED schools outside of the organization.
14 May 2017
The Sunday Times talked about persons with special needs (PWIDs) at open employment. From MINDS, they featured Mr Benson Tan, who has been working at Uniqlo for the past 3 years. MINDS’ head of Job Placement and Job Support, Jaieden Shen, stated some difficulties that PWIDs faced which include:
• Co-workers feel that they are not paid enough to help/mentor PWIDs
• Misconception that PWIDs have mental illnesses
The Sunday Times published a post on home-based care services for PWIDs. MINDS was mentioned as a charity, besides AWWA, who provides such service.
The Sunday Times wrote a post on Day Activity Centres (DACs) in Singapore. Featured in this post was Mr Muhammad Arif Mohamed, who is at CTDC. His mother, Ms Ahmina Abdul Karim, praised the centre for helping Mr Arif to become more independent, who would otherwise be sitting at home and “never learn anything.” Director of residential and community-based care services, Ms Koh Gee May said that DAC helps improve clients’ condition through meaningful engagement where “they learn how to be more independent, to socialise, and their parents get some respite.” However, there are many difficulties to running a DAC such as the cost of running these centres and hiring enough staff who has a heart to care for PWIDs.
10 May 2017
The Straits Times did a feature post on MINDS CEO, Mr Keh Eng Song’s retirement. Mr Keh shared some of his proudest moments in MINDS such as the increase in number of TDCs, a community group home in Bukit Merah and also an upcoming disability clinic. MINDS’ honorary secretary, Doreen Yap, described him as a surrogate father to Minds’ 2,400 beneficiaries, in a speech at MINDS’ 55th anniversary last week.
4 May 2017
Mothership featured MINDS Wash on their website. They highlighted the length of MINDS Wash clients’ shift, pay distribution and also the generosity of SPC to provide the space and equipment for free.
28 April 2017
Runsociety reported on the J.P. Morgan run in Singapore. As their selected beneficiary, more than 20 PWIDS from MINDS were invited to join the race where they were accompanied by Singapore’s Olympian C. Kunalan. The CEO of MINDS, Mr. Keh, thanked J.P. Morgan and expressed how meeting the Olympian before the Special Olympic was encouraging for MINDS’ special Olympic athletes to meet with Mr. C Kunalan before their big day, while Mr. C Kunalan said he was inspired by the beneficiaries’ determination.
27 April 2017
The Straits Times publish a response post to Betty Ho’s forum letter on 18 April 2017, Ministry of Social & Family Development together with Family Justice of Courts posted a reply on The Straits Times Forum. In the reply, they had explained the importance of having an affidavit and medical report in place to minimise the risk of appointing an unsuitable person. MINDS was also mentioned in the reply in which the deputy application piloted by MINDS and NUS Faculty of Law would be extended to the adult centres.
22 April 2017
Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister, celebrated his two years on Facebook by sharing some of the memories he has had with the community. One of which was a photo he took with the MINDS Performers whom he described their performances as high energy and cited some of the performances such as the 50th National Day Parade and 8th ASEAN Para Games.
a href=”http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/pm-lee-celebrates-5-years-on-facebook”>The Straits Times published an article on Prime Minister Lee Hisen Loong celebrating 5 years on Facebook and shared some memories he had posted in the past five years. One of which he shared was a photo he took with MINDS Perform drummers.
18 April 2017
The Straits Times posted a forum letter by a member of the public, Betty Ho, in which she implored the court to adopt a more lenient approach for a parent to be appointed as a deputy for a person with intellectual disability. She commented the deputyship application MINDS piloted with NUS Faculty of Law is helpful but still requires an affidavit and medical report from MINDS’ psychologist, which she felt should have been waived.
23 March 2017
The New Paper published an article on the opening of MINDS new day activity centre in an industrial estated sited in Tradehub21. The MINDS centre in Jurong is instrumental in alleviating the waitlist, which is reaching a bottleneck in the West.
22 March 2017
Channel 8 news wrote an article on the opening of Jurong Training and Development centre, which is the first of its kind to be situated in a light-industrial park. JTDC is co-tenant to Evangel Bible Presbyterian Church and many of their neighboring companies are also providing the beneficiaries with simple jobs.
The Straits Times published an article on the opening of MINDS’ sixth day activity centre that is located in an industrial estate. It is believed to be a first for such centres in Singapore.
TODAY published a picture about MINDS Fernvale Gardens School and Fernvale Primary School commemorate World Down Syndrome Day in its Morning Briefing section.
The Straits Times published an article on MINDS’ celebration of World Down Syndrome Day as well as the launch of the buddy reading programme by Fernvale Gardens School and Fernvale Primary School. The Straits Times also featured a photo of Toh Puan Dr Noor Aishah who graced the event as Guest of Honour along with Dr Lam Pim Min who graced as a special guest.
The Straits Times posted a short write-up in addition to a full article on its “What’s Next” section regarding new MINDS’ day activity centre that officially opened in Jurong.
Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social & Family Development shared on his Facebook commending on the unique partnerships MINDS had with various partners which enabled the birth of Jurong Training & Development Centre. He stated on his Facebook the series of partnerships:
1. With Evangel Bible-Presbyterian Church as MINDS shares the premises
2. The light industries in the vicinity such as NTUC Learning Hub and Sakae Sushi
3. Students from SUSS (formerly known as UniSIM)
4. Management of Tradehub 21
21 March 2017
Channel NewsAsia published an article on MINDS’ launch of inclusive school buddy-reading programme at Fernvale Gardens School and Fernvale Primary School. The reading programme is aimed to improve the literacy of MINDS students as well as the self-confidence of the Fernvale Primary students as they read to their buddies. The launch also coincides with World Down Syndrome Day.
The Straits Times published an online article on the launch of the new buddy-reading programme to commemorate World Down Syndrome Day. The article also elaborated on the satellite partnership between the two schools, as well as a physical gate – dubbed the “Friendship Gate” – that aims to facilitate interactions between the students.
Catherine Ling, a lifestyle food blogger posted a shout out about World Down Syndrome Day, #MyVoiceMyCommunity on her blog to promote awareness about persons with Down syndrome.
3 March 2017
The Straits Times wrote on the launch of OCBC’s expanded corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, #OCBCCares. One of the projects funded through #OCBCCares is the first disability clinic of its kind in Singapore by MINDS. MINDS was also invited to hold a food and craft booth at the event.
The Straits Times published an article on SPD’s Open House, where games will be set up for the public to play as they get simulations of visual or physical disabilities. MINDS was mentioned as one of the voluntary welfare organizations who will be setting up a food and craft booth at the event.
The Business Times wrote an article on OCBC’s revamped CSR programme – OCBC Cares. The disability clinic by MINDS is one of the nine projects funded by OCBC Cares. The CEO of MINDS, Mr Keh Eng Song, mentioned that the doctors at the disability clinic will not provide medical prescriptions or treatment, but rather work with special needs patients and refer them to hospitals or specialists when deemed necessary. Currently, MINDS has found a doctor who will work pro bono at the clinic for twice a week. The disability clinic is now being set up and will become operational when the necessary license is obtained.
TODAY published an article on OCBC Bank’s expanded corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme #OCBCCares which is equipped with an additional S$600,000 to support initiatives proposed by its charity partners. MINDS’ disability clinic is among one of the many projects support by #OCBCCares which will cater to special needs individuals when they fall ill. The clinic is operated by doctors who are specially trained to work with special needs patients.
30 January 2017
The Straits Times did a featurette on MINDS CEO, Mr Keh Eng Song, who will be retiring this May. To mark the fourth and final year of five of the residents at MINDS community group home who has no family members to celebrate festive occasion with, Mr Keh invited them for reunion dinner with his family at his house. Two of the residents, Ms Yap Moi Moi and Mr Tham Kar Soon, expressed how much they would miss the current CEO and the strong bond that they have built throughout the years. In his interview, Mr Keh shared that his last project at MINDS would be the establishment of a disability clinic at Kembangan – Chai Chee Community Hub.
25 of January 2017
A discussion on the demand and supply of SPED education for increasing number of autism children was published on The Straits Times. MINDS was mentioned for offering a placement in its SPED school to Nabil, an autism child who has been on the wait list at Eden school for a year. The CEO of MINDS, Mr Keh Eng Song, quoted that “it is better to have the child to be in school, and socializing, than sitting at home on waiting lists.”
24 January 2017
The Straits Times released two articles on Nabil’s enrolment into MINDS Woodlands Gardens School after being on the waiting list for more than a year with autism-specific school, as well as addressing the common misconceptions of of autism-specific schools being the better Sped schools for autistic children. Although MINDS is not an autism-specific school, the CEO of MINDS, Mr. Keh, explained in an interview that he had offered Nabil a placement in his school as he did not think it is good for Nabil to stay at home for so long. Inspired by Nabil’s story, Madam Aniza Mohamed has decided enrol her child into WGS after being placed on a wait list too.
18 January 2017
An article published by The Straits Times talked about the latest collaboration on Appropriate Adult Scheme between the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and MINDS, after the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) earlier this month. Two of the AA volunteers, Mr Michael Tok and Ms Tang Hui Yee expressed in their interviews that they are receptive to such expansion of the AA services.
Channel NewsAsia wrote an article about the struggles and help that are in placed to help those with ASD and intellectual disabilities to find work after graduation from Sped schools. They featured Faiz Muhsin, a graduate from MINDS Sped school, as a success story who settled well into his workplace after graduation.
16 January 2017
The New Paper wrote a report on the various Appropriate Adult Schemes (AAS) across the world and interviewed experts on the effectiveness of such program. Mr Keh Eng Song, CEO of MINDS, explained that the AA’s duty is to ensure the accuracy of the statement taken during interrogation. Ms Tay Ai Jie, Volunteer Management Executive of the AA programme, further elaborated on the challenges and benefits of having an AA during an interrogation.
Today reported on 24 MINDS Towner Gardens School students’ participation at the One Community Day. Mr Tan Tiong Han, father of student, Zi Heng, hoped that through this event, his son would get to socialize with different people and realize that there are others who need more help than they do. Principal Mdm Cindy Lim also shared that she welcomes more of such opportunities as it helps the students to put the life skills they learnt in class to practice.
15 January 2017
25 students from MINDS Towner Gardens School participated in the One Community Day at Marine Parade GRC, along with over 700 residents, grassroots leaders and volunteers, reported The Straits Times. One of the students, Danial Affandi Johar, expressed that he likes to help “all people” and would want to participate in such events again.
7 January 2017
A discussion about the differing opinions and flaws of the proposed Appropriate Adult Scheme for Young Suspect (AAYS) was published on The Straits Times. Mr Keh, CEO of MINDS, expressed that the presence of an AA volunteer is more comforting for vulnerable suspects and elaborated on the roles of an AA volunteer.
Lianhe Zaobao published a report on the various professional opinions on the AAYS program. MINDS was mentioned for its implementation of the AA program and how the volunteers were trained to prepare them for their duty.
6 January 2017
Today reported the Home Affairs Ministry (MHA) will be introducing a pilot run of a new scheme, the Appropriate Adult Scheme for Young Suspects (AAYS). MINDS was mentioned for successfully managing the Appropriate Adult (AA) program, which the AAYS would be modeled after, for young suspects under the age of 16.
Today wrote an article on the new Appropriate Adult Scheme for Young Suspects (AAYS) and its need for volunteers. MINDS, being the organization that oversees the operation of the Appropriate Adult Scheme (AAS) for those with mental illness and/or intellectual disability, CEO Mr Keh Eng Song expressed that there have not been any issue with recruiting AA volunteers and shared the challenges.
Channel NewsAsia published a post and did a recorded interview on the Appropriate Adult Scheme for Young Suspect (AAYS). Nurul Shifa, Volunteer Management Executive for Appropriate Adult at MINDS, shared in the recorded video interview about the challenges that they faced in respect to AA activation.
4 January 2017
Weekender published a post on the musical production by Anglo-Chinese Junior College, titled “Now You Simi 2”. All money gathered from the sale of tickets will go directly towards MINDS and public are encouraged to donate and learn more about the charity beneficiary.
Media Articles 2016
24 December 2016
Channel NewsAsia shed light on the plight of elderly caregivers of persons with special needs by sharing Mdm Ng Ah Chun’s story and her reasons for placing her son, Tan Chye Teck in MINDS hostel. MINDS CEO Mr Keh Eng Song was also interviewed and reassures the public that the government is aware and doing their best to take care of the remaining clients whose parents have passed on.
16 December 2016
Enabling Village featured 4 youths who are now working in different departments at the National University Hospital (NUH) after a successful internship in 2015 via the School-to-Work transition programme, a multi-agency collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social and Family Development and selected special education schools. One of them is Chong Wan Shuen, who graduated from MINDS Woodlands Gardens School. Wan Shuen has been complimented by her supervisor for her diligence, sweet disposition and performance at work.
In the December 2016 issue of Young Parents magazine, MINDS was featured for its cookies and craft products that do not only look good but also empowers their beneficiaries.
27 November 2016
Channel NewsAsia reported on the one-north Run which is jointly organized by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), JTC and Mediacorp. MINDS was mentioned as one of the three charities that received the $250,000 donation that the run helped to raise.
26 November 2016
Lookout featured a story on LS Sydney Huyghe about her experiences on the job. She mentioned about HMCS Vancouver’s visit to MINDS where they got to play and sing with the beneficiaries as one of the many charities work that she got to participate in due to her work.
22 November 2016
The Straits Times reported on the first case of Tetralogy of Fallot treatment that did not involve open heart surgery in Singapore. Mr Gary Cheng, a trainee at MINDS, was mentioned as the first patient who has attempted the procedure in Singapore.
20 November 2016
Minister Chan Chun Sing wrote a post on Project Sunshine, where MINDS was the only invited beneficiary, on his Facebook. Not only was the public able to purchase the latest cookies, handicrafts and plants from MINDS Baker and MINDS Craft, they were also able to meet the clients who made all those goodies.
20 November 2016
TODAY introduced some environmental-friendly alternatives to discarding unwanted clothing. One of which is to donate to MINDS Shop which also helps to provide MINDS clients with pre-vocational training in retail and customer service skills in the outlets where donated items are sold.
19 November 2016
The Smart Local put up a post on the list of fashion thrift stores to shop at in Singapore. MINDS was featured as one of the thrift shops for members of the public to source for good deals. From the shop layout to the items sold, they did a thorough guide-along to showcase the hidden gems that could be found in MINDS’ shop.
17 November 2016
In view of the National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) scandal, TODAY wrote an article on the possible future prospect of the respective organization. They interviewed a few experts in the field, including MINDS CEO, Mr. Keh, for his opinion on the issue. Mr. Keh mentioned that the organization would continue to do well if it has a good supporting team as responsibility should not fall only on its CEO.
9 November 2016
TODAY reported on the poor response rate for Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) applications. During the interview, Minister Tan Chuan-Jin highlighted the pilot project MINDS had with NUS where the NUS law students helped the parents of MINDS’ SPED students to prepare the relevant documents to apply for LPA, thus making the process less tedious for them.
8 November 2016
The National Council of Social Service (NCSS) posted an informational video on MINDS Water on their Facebook Page. With the new bottled water venture, MINDS is able to provide job for 68 beneficiaries from all levels of support needs.
6 November 2016
In an interview with Channel News Asia on Sped schools’ ability to handle the possible increase in student intake due to the new Compulsory Education (CE) Act, Mr. Keh, CEO of MINDS, expressed that MINDS is already equipped to cater to their existing students. However, more has to be known about those who are not currently attending Sped schools despite the schools’ readiness, in order to be fully prepared for the 2019 intake.
5 November 2016
The Straits Times reported about the Compulsory Education Act which will affect persons with special needs who turn 7years old in 2019. MINDS’ Sped schools have been listed as 4 of the 20 government-funded special education schools, catering to students with moderate intellectual disability and mild autism.
4 November 2016
The Straits Times reported on the introduction of the Compulsory Education Act that will now include children with moderate to severe special needs. MINDS’ Sped schools have been listed as 4 of the 20 government-funded special education schools, catering to students with moderate intellectual disability and mild autism.
31 October 2016
In the October-December issue of The New Eurasian magazine, did a cover story on “The Special Needs Teacher” which featured Jessica De Silva, a teacher from Lee Kong Chian Gardens School (LGS). She shared about the qualities that Sped teachers need to possess and praised the holistic approach that MINDS’ Sped schools adopt. Val Nicholas, a student from LGS, was also featured as her mother spoke about the challenges and successes of raising a child with special needs.
23 October 2016
Minister Tan Chuan Jin posted a live video recording of the “O.WOW (Walk of Wonder) A Very Special Fashion Show!” on his Facebook. This is the first catwalk in Singapore that featured people with special needs. MINDS had the honor to send 2 of its clients, Benson Tan and Jason Goh, to grace the catwalk for this special event.
17 October 2016
Berita Harian published an awareness page on special needs. One of the stories featured a Special Education (SPED) teacher from Lee Kong Chian Gardens School (LGS). She was inspired by her aunt who was also a SPED teacher, to become one since young. In another article, a caregiver whose child is studying at Fernvale Garden School shared about her changing perception towards those with Down syndrome as she enrolled her child into a SPED school.
20 September 2016
Channel News Asia published an article about Singapore film, 7 Letters, as the film had won a S$15,000 prize at the Fukuoka Film Festival. MINDS, being one of the beneficiaries to receive the proceeds from 7 letters’ theatrical runs in Singapore, was mentioned in the article.
11 September 2016
NTUC This Week, a labour-movement-centric weekly publication with some 11,000 subscribers published an article on the occupation as a teacher and shines a spotlight on MINDS teacher, Ms Agnes Gee. It shared about her inspiring story as a teacher in the special education field and her thoughts of the role of a mentor and a parent.
5 September 2016
A bonding event organised by Sembawang GRC and immigrants’ association Kowloon Club at Woodlands Waterfront Park was reported on The Straits Times. 50 MINDS clients attended the event as the beneficiary.
2 September 2016
The New Paper and Asiaone issued a story of a MINDS client who was diagnosed with Microcephaly with Global Developmental Delay during his infancy. The article described how the family coped with raising a child with special needs where he has grown to be more self-sufficient.
An article on the Appropriate Adult Scheme elaborating on what volunteers do during police interviews was published on The Straits Times. The writer has also called for the scheme to cover minors and the elderly in light of Benjamin’s case happened in January 2016.
20 August 2016
Students of MINDS Towner Gardens School (TGS) attended a workshop with volunteers from Young NTUC where they learned the basics of putting a terrarium together before presenting their creations to their teachers in celebration of Teachers’ Day. The paper was published on The Straits Times.
13 August 2016
Asia One reported on a MINDS student, Mohammad Haziq Aqil who has a rare liver disease regained sight and hearing with help of Hi-5 songs.
10 August 2016
An article about NDP and inclusiveness citing MINDS’ involvement in the Kembangan-Chai Chee National Day Observance Ceremony was reported on The Straits Times. It featured a combined marching contingent formed by students from MINDS Towner Gardens School (TGS) and Ping Yi Secondary School, with MINDS student Abdul Salam Afraar Sajith leading the Pledge.
8 August 2016
The Straits Times mentioned about the National Day Parade returning to the Stadium and cited how inclusive components like Kembangan Chai Chee’s observance ceremony had MINDS’ participation as part of national celebration.
6 August 2016
Community beat reporter Janice Tai wrote an article on The Straits Times on how Sticks should be brandished to encourage bosses to hire disabled people, rather than just offering carrots like financial incentives. MINDS CEO Mr Keh Eng Song was quoted.
For the first time, MINDS Taiko Drum Group has been invited to perform the opening of Special Music and Art Festival in Pyeongchang, South Korea and was reported on Berita Harian.
4 August 2016
Channel News Asia had broadcasted a feature on the aftermath of the recognition of products and services by persons with special needs from well-known figureheads such as Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s wife Mdm Ho Ching. MINDS’ Social Enterprise products (MINDS Flavours and Craft) were featured on the segment. Social Enterprise Senior Manager, Ng Reina was also interviewed.
The Straits Times published a forum comment by reader Betty Ho Peck Woon (Madam), who appealed for NCSS, NVPC and organizations like MINDS and Rainbow Centre to raise more awareness on lesser known intellectual disabilities such as Global Development Delay.
3 August 2016
MINDS was featured on the online publication Enterprise Innovation.net regarding government’s announcement during the E2Connect 2016 forum that people with disabilities, as well as Voluntary Welfare Organizations (VWOs), including MINDS, will soon have greater access to assistive technology and more financial support.
31 July 2016
Lianhe Zaobao reported on MINDS Film Festival, citing its strong response from the public and talked about the additional screening of “My Feral Heart” due to the overwhelmed sales. The article also included quotes from MINDS CEO Mr Keh and Chairman of Singapore Film Society (SFS), Mr Kenneth Tan.
30 July 2016
Popular British comedian and writer Neil Humphreys had posted many positive words and promoted MINDS Film Festival to his followers on Facebook. He had also attended the film festival.
27 July 2016
Well known Film Correspondent John Lui issued an article on the story behind the cast of a Down syndrome individual as the main lead for Director Jane Gull’s latest movie, “My Feral Heart” on The Straits Times. The debut of the film was the opening film for MINDS Film Festival, which was organized jointly with Singapore Film Society (SFS). Other films featured in the festival such as “I Am Sam” & “Monica & David” were also highlighted in the article.
24 July 2016
Well-known local blogger/vlogger Mr Brown shared on the MINDS Film Festival on his Facebook page.
20 July 2016
Featuring MINDS Film Festival which was held for over 2 weeks, Shin Min Newspaper cited the opening film’s debut – My FERAL HEART. 4 other films featured during the event were also highlighted. My Paper also published a piece on MINDS Film Festival citing My Feral Heart as an Asian Premiere. A quote from MINDS President which was lifted from the event’s brochure was highlighted on the paper.
22 June 2016
The Straits Times released an article on the NDP 2016 Engagement Team’s commitment, as well as hosting a record number of special needs/elderly beneficiaries (including MINDS) in this year’s celebrations. MINDS has worked together with the engagement team to arrange for more than 800 participants (made up of clients, caregivers, staff and volunteers) to attend the NE1 show held at the Singapore Sports Hub on 9 July 2016.
10 June 2016
An opinion piece regarding the change of names of certain VWOs to embrace a more socially sensitive stance was published on The Straits Times. The writer cited MINDS as one the VWOs who has changed its name from the Singapore Association for Retarded Children to the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS). He challenges however that euphemisms have been an extreme turn.
7 June 2016
Channel News Asia broadcasted a large featurette on Singapore Tonight, Ch 5, Ch 8 and Vasaantham about the opening of MINDS’ 6th TDC – Boon Lay Training & Development Centre, located in Tradehub21 instead of the usual heartland setting. MINDS CEO Mr Keh Eng Song, BTDC’s Head Serene Tan and a caregiver from CTDC were interviewed as they highlighted the long waiting list dilemma and how MINDS has constantly developed ways to alleviate the capacity crunch. The featurette also mentioned about employment centers and focused on introducing MINDS Water.
1 June 2016
The New Paper published a story on a MINDS caregiver and her two children with special needs. One of her children is a student from MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School (LGS). The article discusses about sleep deprivation and its effects.
21 May 2016
NCSS’ Comchest Care & Share Thank You Show was broadcasted on Singtel TV Channel. The show featured a performance done by MINDS Taiko Drummers and Drummer Hock Yong was interviewed by Host Gurmit Singh. MINDS CEO Mr. Keh Eng Song was also invited to represent MINDS onstage. You may check out the show here.
15 May 2016
MINDS Fernvale Garden School students, together with volunteers from Youth Corp Singapore and local artist Cheng Yajie, have transformed 15 trash bins into works of contemporary art by spraying paint on it. These bins will be placed at East Coast Park. Acting Minister for Education (Schools), Mr Ng Chee Meng was invited as the Guest-of-Honour to unveil the bins at FGS. The article was published on both Lianhe Zaobao and The Straits Times.
7 May 2016
TODAY has issued a big read on more disabled people are given a job as the number of employers increase. MINDS was featured for having 35 retail associates being employed in Uniqlo, the first retail establishment who designed roles for the intellectually disabled.
1 May 2016
An article about more firms being more willing to hire people with disabilities was featured on The Straits Times. CEO of MINDS Mr. Keh Eng Song mentioned about the importance of inclusion and integration between PWDs and co-workers in the workplace.
24 April 2016
The Straits Times published an article on the 50 for 50 fundraising social campaign, mentioning MINDS as one of the beneficiaries that received employment for packing and delivering items to various offices.
4 April 2016
OCBC lent MINDS a helping hand by purchasing bottled water, providing our beneficiaries employment. The article was published on both Lianhe Zaobao and The Business Times.
3 April 2016
Lianhe Zaobo & The Straits Time published an article about the 3rd Enabling Masterplan for the Enabling Village and CEO of MINDS Mr. Keh Eng Song talked about the specific focus point during the interview.
22 March 2016
Lianhe Zaobao and Berita Harian published an article of the Community Friendship Walk organized by MINDS in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day.
21 March 2016
In celebration of World Down Syndrome Day, a total of 80 beneficiaries and volunteers participated in the Community Friendship Walk organized by MINDS. It is being published online on Channel News Asia and subsequently broadcasted as a news feature on Singapore Tonight that very evening. Channel 5 and Channel U also broadcasted the feature segment.
21 March 2016
FM95.8 published a radio feature on their radio station featuring interviews with CEO and MP Pereira on WDSD.
5 March 2016
MINDS’ Me Too! Club was featured on Channel News Asia regarding the befriending programme. The film crew interviewed CEO and followed the club to a rock climbing activity. The story of one of the clients who participated the activity with a MINDS volunteer was also highlighted.
26 February 2016
The Business Times published an article about Inaugural Inclusive Business Forum (IBF) aiming to building a more inclusive workplace by creating greater awareness of the employment potential of persons with disabilities. MINDS was mentioned as one of the partners of SG Enable who helped to place about 650 PWDs into the workforce.
2 February 2016
The Straits Times published an article about SPC kiosk providing a location for MINDS trainees not just for work, but an opportunity to allow them to learn about independence and integration of the society.
20 January 2016
TODAY published an article on the handover of the Appropriate Adult service to MINDS after a successful pilot run by the Law Society of Singapore.
13 January 2016,
The Straits Times published an article on the proposed changes to the Mental Capacity Act. CEO was quoted in article.
12 January 2016
Channel News Asia also published an article on the Mental Capacity Act. MSF quoted that it would be “working with the Courts and the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled in Singapore (MINDS) to help parents of MINDS students apply for deputyship on their own at a lower cost”.
Media Articles 2015
23 December 2015
Mediacorp Channel 5’s “Not the 5 Show’s” production crew and Mediacorp Artiste and host Chua Enlai came to MINDS Wash on 22 December to try out the carwash service and promote it as its Christmas featurette on the programme. Broadcasted the very next day on 23 December 2015.
(MINDS was featured around the 43rd minute mark)
4 December 2015
The North East CDC and NTUC FairPrice Foundation co-organised the Wish Upon a Silver Star project which raises money to buy essential items for 150 beneficiaries from various organizations. Each beneficiary will receive about $670 worth of items. Seven clients from MINDS received such items. The event was held at IDEA EDC event coverage was published by the Straits Times.
2 December 2015
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was the Guest-of-Honour at the official launch of the Enabling Village, Singapore’s first community space for people with disabilities. The centre is a collaboration with MINDS, Autism Resource Centre, and Society for the Physically Disabled. The article was published by TODAY.
1 December 2015
The first ever one-north Run 2015 was held on 29th November 2015 at one-north park: Mediapolis. Jointly organized by (A*STAR) and JTC Corporation raised over $150,000 MINDS and three other organizations. CEO collected the cheque. Event was published on Biotechin Asia on 1 December 2015.
21 November 2015
MINDSville resident Weikang and father Mr Chua were invited to be the story lead in Medishield Life’s new infomercial. The series was broadcasted on Mediacorp Channel 8 on 21 November 2015. It was also shared by MSF via Facebook.
6-7 November 2015
Seven distinguished home-grown directors had produced a seven short film compilation entitled ‘7 Letters’. The film received much praise and media recognition. MINDS has been chosen as one of the seven beneficiaries of the ticket sales proceeds. $250,000 has been raised so far. MINDS was mentioned in the latest media release where producers have gone to rally the public to purchase the Box-sets. Covered by both the Straits Times and Asia One from 6-7 November 2015.
2 November 2015
The Straits Times published its main coverage/featurette on Purple Parade 2015. MINDS Hi-Job! Client Jason Goh (who works at ION Uniqlo) was the main interviewee. His accomplishment of being presented by the Company with the distinguished Best in Customer Service award was highlighted by the media house.
18 October 2015
Lianhe Zaobao published an event coverage article on MINDS’ Volunteer Donor Appreciation Day which was held on 17 October 2015.
13 October 2015
Leading up to Purple Parade 2015, The Straits Times published several articles of preparatory activities and festivities leading up to the event. MINDS was featured as one of the beneficiaries involved in Purple Parade 2015.
11 October 2015
The Straits Times published an article on the struggles of aging caregivers. The feature’s main interviewee was MINDS senior social worker Ms Jamila Mustaffa and her family.
29 September 2015
TODAY published a commentary from a member of public under the VOICES section welcoming the new Caregivers Support Services Centre at MINDS.
18 – 19 September 2015
MINDS opened its first Caregivers Support Services Centre and its fifth day activity centre at the Kembangan-Chai Chee Community Hub. The centre’s opening was reported on 18 to 19 September 2015 on the Straits Times, TODAY, Channel News Asia, Asia One, Lianhe Zaobao, Berita Harian, Mediacorp English, Chinese and Malay News Radio.
The Straits Times ran an exclusive story on MINDS’ first beneficiary and abled-bodied volunteer engagement initiative entitled “Opening Hearts and MINDS 2015”. This is MINDS coordinated initiative to get its students and adult clients – from MV, EDCs and the TDCs – to contribute to society, and also to integrate and socialise with able-bodied volunteers through mainstream school or corporate partnerships. The story was also picked up and republished by Asia One. MINDS had shared the story on its official Facebook page. NVPC, SG Cares and 18 others re-shared the article on their social media pages.
14 August 2015
Asia One ran an article on SPH’s Gift of Music event. MINDS Taiko Drummers’ collaboration with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s was featured in the article.
10 August 2015
The Straits Times ran an article on Deputyship Powers and featured MINDS as its main interviewee. The article stated that legal costs for parents seeking deputyship powers have been slashed dramatically as the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) started a pilot project to have volunteer undergraduate law students do the legal work instead of lawyers. CEO of MINDS was quoted in the article.
3 August 2015
The Straits Times published an article on MINDS’ Warehouse Project with Samsui Supplies and Services – a Soup Restaurant subsidiary, on meaningful projects that 50 for 50 were helping. The story was re-published on 4 August by Asia One.
31 July – 2 August 2015
MINDS Taiko Drummers were invited to be part of the Purple Symphony. The 83-strong unit includes 67 with special needs such as autism and intellectual disabilities were assembled to perform for several key 2015 events such as the ASEAN Para Games. MINDS involvement was highlighted in several media runs between 31 July to 2 August on Asia One, Straits Times and TODAY.
21 July 2015
MINDS was one of six organizations chosen to lend a hand in packing 36,000 of this year’s SG50 NDP Funpacks under the ‘A Funpack from Me to You’ project. The Funpacks included a message about MINDS, which recipients were encouraged to reply to. The SAF invited MINDS to co-front the publicity initiative with Down Syndrome Association. It was reported on 22 July 2015 on: Channel News Asia, TODAY, Asia One and The New Paper.
2 July 2015
MINDS was mentioned in Innovations a potential game-changer in workplace healthcare on the use of wearable technology, e.g. T-jacket in MINDS schools. TODAY and Channel News Asia both featured the innovation.
16 June 2015
The Coldstream Guards (the famous guards who guard Buckingham Palace) visited MINDS with several members of the British High Commission on 15 June. Clients and staff were given the opportunity to take pictures with guards. The visit was reported on the print version of the Straits Times on 16 June 2015.
16 June 2015
MINDS has been chosen as one of the seven charities linked to seven local filmmakers involved in the film project 7 Letters who will donate all proceeds of the premiere screenings of their film benefit organizations. Story was reported on 16 June on TODAY and Channel News Asia.
28 May 2015
TODAY published an article on the travel collaboration between MINDS and travel management company – Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Five low income families with children with intellectual disability got to travel overseas for the first time last weekend from 20 to 22 May 2015. The aim was to provide an invaluable opportunity for families with little or no financial means or support to travel and create memories with their loved ones. The article was also featured online on Channel News Asia. The Malay Mail Online featured it as well.
24 May 2015
Straits Times covered MINDS Sports 2015 – one of MINDS’ main SG50 celebration events where 1,250 clients, caregivers, staff and supporters gathered for a large celebratory sporting event.
18 May 2015
Straits Times’ published which detailed the current challenges of a decreasing demand for contract work for PWIDs. It also featured the SIA Headsets recycling project and its scaling down due to industry shifts was featured on print and online on 18 May. It was also featured on Asia One.
3 May 2015
Tech online publication Techgoondu published an article on DELL’s partnership and sponsorship of products and software to MINDS schools and centres. Interviewees included Dells VP Mr Ng Tian Beng, CEO of MINDS, Mr Keh Eng Song and a MINDS trainee.
23 April 2015,
Athletes from the Table Tennis Association of Singapore and MP Ellen Lee visited MINDS Woodlands Gardens School to conduct a recreational press event with students. Athletes included star player Feng Tianwei. MINDS was mentioned in The New Paper and AsiaOne’s sports article on the SEA Games on 24 April.
22 March 2015
Straits Times, Channel News Asia and Lianhe Zaobao reported on MINDS fronting the campaign in support of World Down Syndrome Day. MINDS rallied supporters to wear colourful socks from 20-27 March and coordinated engagement efforts with various schools and corporates to partner MINDS in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day by organizing engagement activities and/or take part in social media campaign.
11 March 2015
Channel News Asia broadcasted a featurette on MINDS sales of merchandise for SEA Games. Manager for MINDS Social Enterprise,Leroy Lee was the spokesperson. MINDS Craft trainees had produced acrylic paintings and totebags for the SEA Games merchandise store.
3 March 2015
Straits Times published an aticle on community based services featuring MINDS Community Group Home and Home-based care services.
14 February 2015
Straits Times’ LIFE! published an article on MINDS’ Chinese New Year baked and craft goods namely, pineapple tarts and handcrafted hongbaos. Asiaone republished the article on 15 Feb.
30 January 2015
Straits Times and Asia One reported on the new Appropriate Adult (AA) Pilot Scheme with reference to quote from CEO of MINDS, Mr Keh Eng Song. The scheme recruits volunteers to assist persons with intellectual disabilities or mental issues during police interviews. Latest Update: The Law Society has transferred the administration of the service to MINDS.
29 January 2015
Radio 95.8 broadcasted a radio interview session with CEO of MINDS, Mr Keh Eng Song and clients from MINDS Bakers on MINDS Social Enterprises’ baked products for the festive season.
MINDS first ever involvement in the National Day Parade this year is reported by various news sites such as The Straits Times (via AsiaOne) and the Malaysian Digest.
Fighters from Evolve MMA bring joy to the beneficiaries of MINDS and non-governmental organizations through its Evolve Community Outreach Program. As reported on Yahoo! Sports.
This New Paper reporter shares his experiences after a five-sided game of football with the boys from MINDS Towner Gardens School.
MINDS’ very own (Special) Olympic athlete shares his experiences and the important things in his life in this Sunday Times report.
A recent shopping trip for our MINDS kids and the collaboration with Uniqlo for open employment opportunities are the highlights of this report by The Straits Times.
Our very own MINDS client, Jason Goh shares with The New Paper about his life experiences and his thoughts on being the first person with a disability to win a customer service award from the company.
How the new subsidiaries may be beneficial for our clients and their families, as reported by The Straits Times.
27 January 2014
CEO Mr Keh Eng Song shares with TODAY newspaper about his plans for the upcoming fifth Training and Development Centre.
22 January 2014
Our MINDS social enterprise programmes are featured in the article by The Straits Times that highlights the benefits of these social enterprise programmes.
8 November 2013
Students of Lee Kong Chian Gardens School reap the fruits of their labour as the school won “Lotus Award” at the School Green Awards ceremony. The Straits Times reports on the pride of winning this award.
18 October 2013
Disabled who goes to day-care centres on the part-time basis are now eligible for government subsidies. TODAY finds out how it can be beneficial to our clients in MINDS and their families.
16 October 2013
Our students from Lee Kong Chien Gardens Schools are examples of how a customised arts-based curriculum for special needs students are beneficial, reports Channel NewsAsia, TODAY and The Straits Times.
MINDS and McDonald’s collaborates to prepare our students to be ready for open employment, as reported by TODAY and The Straits Times.
National Council of Social Service (NCSS) has volunteers who help vulnerable people, such as the intellectually disabled, in criminal investigations. One of them shares his experience in this report by The Straits Times.
30 September 2013
10 charities, including MINDS’ Lee Kong Chian Gardens School, received 400 refurbished laptops from IT service provider NCS, as reported by The Straits Times.
A parent of an intellectually disabled son shares with The New Paper about how they are dependent on the son’s income as a cleaner and how MINDS could help in the long term.
Our CEO Mr Keh Eng Song speaks to TODAY on his hopes on what the autism insurance scheme may lead to.
A reader expresses his views and agreement with CEO Mr Keh, over the long waiting list for people with disabilities.
MINDS is keeping a close eye on the long waiting list for training places and shelters for people with disabilities, reports TODAY.
McDonald’s allow customers to buy happy meals to redeem the Minions toy and donate the meals, worth an estimate $20,000, to MINDS.
Burnt out and stressed caregivers are given a boost as the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) is looking for more ways to further support to relieve their burden, reports TODAY.
18th April 2013
Our Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Director Dr Hoili Lim believes her confidence in the ability of the MINDS staffs to detect any deviation from usual behaviour, reports MIND your BODY, The Straits Times.
A pilot scheme to help vulnerable people, such as a person with intellectual or mental disabilities, during criminal investigations, will start trial around the middle of the year, reports The Straits Times.
A study between the National University of Singapore (NUS) and MINDS have revealed that adults with intellectual disabilities are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases, reports The Straits Times.
Students of Yishun Junior College managed to raise at least $40,000 through fun and games at for charities that includes MINDS, reports The Sunday Times.
15 February 2013
Twelve participants from MINDS was part of the Amazing Race designed for people with special needs will be held on Total Defence Day, as reported by The New Paper.
10 October 2012
A NIE study on post-special education will be conducted by the National University of Singapore and MINDS, as reported by The Straits Times.
Our very own MINDS IT Manager Mr Louis Chow receives an award for saving a life, reports The New Paper.
19 December 2011
The MINDS Towner Gardens School Pilot Project involving the use of Apple’s iPad to teach students math, art skills, speech therapy and social behavior was reported by TodayOnline.
31 October 2011
Shell Singapore and its industry partners raised a sum of $1.2 million for causes such as The Straits Times’ School Pocket Money Fund and the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore, as former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew emphasis the need for Singapore to be relevant, reports My Paper.
Kiehls’ & JJ Lin Charity Collaboration for MINDS
Maintaining its long-standing tradition of supporting children’s causes, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care, is pleased to announce a collaboration with multi-talented Singer-Songwriter, JJ Lin, to raise funds for the children from Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), in April 2011.
Kiehl’s is working closely with JJ Lin to come up with a specially-designed Jumbo Charity Pack to coincide with the launch of Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++ 60ml. Kiehl’s is happy to donate 100% of the nett proceeds from the sale of this Charity pack to MINDS to provide educational support for children with intellectual disability, as well as raise awareness for this cause. In addition, Kiehl’s is inviting customers to pledge their support for the children from MINDS on www.kiehlstimes.com from 6-30 April 2011.
On 14 Feb 2011, Valentines’ Day, JJ Lin made a special visit with Kiehl’s to Towner Gardens School to spread love and cheer to the school children. During the visit, JJ facilitated a cooking class and guided the students as they whipped up a simple meal. He also led the students in a sing-a-long session during a music class. The visit culminated in a ‘Wall Mural’ activity, involving JJ, Kiehl’s and the students from MINDS placing their hand-prints on a canvas painting as a sign of commitment to always inspire and encourage children – that they are not alone and that there are people who genuinely care for them and are willing to lend a helping hand.