Centre for Enabled Living to focus on supporting needs of the disabled

The Centre for Enabled Living (CEL) will be repositioned to focus on supporting the needs of the disabled, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) announced on Wednesday.

To be renamed "SG Enable", the agency will start work in the third quarter of this year. Its key functions include strengthening information and referral services, administering government grants to disabled people and their caregivers, and enhancing employability options.

Following a visit to the Autism Resource Centre on Wednesday, Acting Minister for the Ministry of Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing said: "While voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) such as the Autism Resource Centre provide structured job training and coaching services, they also need the partnership of enlightened employers like NTUC Fairprice to hire and support persons with disabilities at the workplace.

"I hope that SG Enable can bring more employers on board, and work with them as well as VWOs and education and training providers to broaden job options for persons with disabilities." Earlier this year the Government announced that the aged care services currently provided by CEL will be integrated with that of the Agency for Integrated Care.