MCYS forms Enabling Masterplan Implementation Committee
The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports has formed an Enabling Masterplan Implementation Committee. The committee will provide feedback from the disability sector to the government on recommendations.
SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) has formed an Enabling Masterplan Implementation Committee. The committee will provide feedback from the disability sector to the government on recommendations.
It aims to strengthen dialogue between the people to build an inclusive society for persons with disabilities.
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for MCYS, Sam Tan, is chairman of the committee.
He said: "You will need the committee to study all these recommendations together with the stakeholders, and the people - the private and the public sector, so that we will be able to put in place more comprehensive implementation plans to materialise all these recommendations, from the drawing board to the actual physical being."
One of the recommendations of the committee is to enhance the Assistive Technology Fund (ATF). The ATF provides financial assistance to persons with disabilities, to fund assistive technology devices for education and work.
Starting this month, the subsidy amount will double to S$20,000 per person, and will be extended to students in special education schools.
Mr Tan said: "The latest gadgets and assistive devices are getting more expensive, but they have become a necessary tool to help people with the disability conditions, so that they can function normally like other people.
"So it is timely that we revise and increase the ATF funding support so that people who need such an assistive tool, will be able to afford them."
The committee comprises representatives of the various disability groups across the life stages of persons with disabilities.