Gainfully employed, thanks to scheme

Mr Ng has autism and mild intellectual disability. Through the school-to-work transition programme, he interned at NUH and has been working there as an administrative assistant since December 2015.
Mr Ng has autism and mild intellectual disability. Through the school-to-work transition programme, he interned at NUH and has been working there as an administrative assistant since December 2015.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Mr Ivan Ng, 20, can track down patient files quickly and he handles about 100 of them in half a day - despite his autism and mild intellectual disability.

The part-time administrative assistant at National University Hospital (NUH) joined the school-to-work transition programme after graduating from Metta School in 2014.

The scheme was developed by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social and Family Development, and disabilities support agency SG Enable. It was announced yesterday that the scheme will be extended to people with moderate intellectual and multiple disabilities.

JOB BENEFITS

I'm grateful that he has this opportunity and can contribute to society. His social skills have improved, and he is better at listening to instructions.

MR PATRICK NG, on his son Ivan's job at NUH, made possible after he joined the school-to-work transition programme.

Under the scheme, Mr Ng learnt social skills, did a nine-month internship at NUH, and continued to receive help from an SG Enable job coach for about a year after he was hired in December 2015.

He still works at NUH, tracking patient files and scanning them.

His father, senior technician Patrick Ng, 54, told The Straits Times: "I'm grateful that he has this opportunity and can contribute to society. His social skills have improved, and he is better at listening to instructions."

Priscilla Goy

 

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