Singapore Budget 2015: More day activity centre places and a home for adults with disabilities

SINGAPORE - Caregivers of adults with disabilities can look forward to more day activity centre places this year.

The Government will add 140 such places, bringing the total number to almost 1,200. This was announced by Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development, in Parliament on Friday.

A new home for adults with disabilities will also be built by 2018.

"Parents of adults with disabilities do worry about the care of their children. We understand their concerns and are committed to help," she said.

Adults with autism will also receive support with a new day activity centre for them this year.

Member of Parliament Denise Phua had on Thursday lamented that "new day activity centres can be filled even before they officially open", and urged the Government to give more help to adults with disabilities.

Ms Low also gave an update on headway made in employment of persons with disabilities, saying that about 300 were placed in jobs this financial year by SG Enable and voluntary welfare organisations.

Last year, more than 5,900 employers received the Special Employment Credit - of up to 16 per cent of the monthly income of the employee with disability - for jobs provided to 7,500 persons with disabilities.

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