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Society is richer for integrating the talents of people with special needs

Like an orchestra, it takes everyone to make it work

In early July, I attended the 2018 Purple Symphony Concert. The symphony is an inclusive orchestra comprising musicians with and without special needs, whose members play a range of instruments. There was also dancing. I was impressed by the quality of the performances, even more so by the apparent ease with which the musicians interacted and supported one another.

The performance was moving. It triggered my thoughts on how we can offer young people with special needs the best education, to help them live to their full capabilities. For them and for Singapore, this is an important challenge.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2018, with the headline 'Society is richer for integrating the talents of people with special needs'. Subscribe