Once picked on and misunderstood, lab assistant finds a way

Mr Sia Sin Wei, 31, who has Asperger's syndrome, is a lab assistant at Pathlight School, where one of his roles is to create models out of polystyrene and straws, as "the students learn better in concrete fashion". ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Mr Sia Sin Wei, 31, who has Asperger's syndrome, is a lab assistant at Pathlight School, where one of his roles is to create models out of polystyrene and straws, as "the students learn better in concrete fashion". ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Laboratory assistant Sia Sin Wei's achievement list may look quite typical for a Singaporean man in his 30s.

He has a life sciences degree from the National University of Singapore, a full-time job and a Housing Board flat in Toa Payoh, which he co-owns with his father and sister.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 21, 2019, with the headline 'Once picked on and misunderstood, lab assistant finds a way'. Subscribe