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SingTel donates $1.1m to set up innovation centre for people with disabilities

Published on Jul 22, 2014 3:14 PM
An artist's impression of SG Enable's information and career centre at the new community space in Redhill for the disabled. SingTel has donated $1.1 million to SG Enable to set up a centre that houses training facilities for the disabled, among other things. -- PHOTO: SG ENABLE

SINGAPORE - SG Enable, an agency set up by the Government to offer services for the disabled, has received $1.1 million from SingTel to set up a centre that houses training facilities for the disabled, among other things.

The Enabling Innovation Centre (EIC) will have facilities such as one which equips the disabled with skills in call centre operations, and others fitted with technology such as text-to-speech software, the local telco said on Tuesday. The centre will also have a social innovation hub, where people can share ideas to develop innovative products and services for the disabled.

SingTel said it will provide its expertise and volunteer resources to conduct the training courses. The telco's corporate venture arm, SingTel Innov8, will also advise SG Enable on how to encourage the development of innovative technologies for the disabled.

The centre will be part of SG Enable's integrated community space at 141 Redhill Road, and is expected to be ready in the second half of 2015. The Redhill site will be a one-stop centre where the disabled and their caregivers can get information, referral and employment services as well as apply for grants.

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