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SingTel donates S$1.1m to Enabling Innovation Centre

The funding will help SG Enable establish and run the centre, and the local telco will also advise on the development of technologies for people with disabilities.

SINGAPORE: SG Enable, the agency dedicated to enabling people with disabilities, got a boost on Tuesday (July 22) with a S$1.1 million donation from Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) to help establish and operate the Enabling Innovation Centre (EIC).

The EIC will be part of an integrated community space in Redhill that will provide one-stop access for services and encourage greater inclusion of people with disabilities, according to a SingTel statement.

The integrated community space, which is yet to be named, will be run by SG Enable and occupy the 30,000-square-metre space that formerly housed the Employment and Employability Institute.

According to the local telco, the donation is the "single largest contribution by a corporate donor" to date. The EIC will house a contact centre, ICT Skills Training Facilities and a Social Innovation Hub for the development of assistive technology to help those with disabilities lead more independent lives and enhance their employability.

It will also provide expertise and volunteer resources to support training programmes for the contact centre and conduct ICT literacy courses, the telco said.

"We look forward to the EIC, where persons with disabilities and the community can come together to spark new ideas and innovative solutions that make a real difference in their daily lives," said Ms Ku Geok Boon, CEO of SG Enable.

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