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Published on : Mar 17, 2015

To encourage the acceptance and usage of assistive technologies, the government of Singapore will be making improvements to the Assistive Technology Fund of the Ministry of Social and Family Development in coming August.

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Singapore, Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam declared this at the charity banquet of the sixty-third anniversary of the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped SAVH which held on Tuesday. The fund at present provides means tested financial help to students with disabilities in conventional and special education and adults with disabilities in open service to obtain assistive equipment like hearing aids.

In addition to this, the fund will elongate its scope to cover up persons with disabilities at all age groups and for all purposes, such as those in rehabilitation, therapy, and those seeking more independence in day to day living. The means-tested financial support for the fund is subjected to revise. The per capita income cap per month for eligibility will be increased from USS$1078.98 to US$1294.78 to make more families in the middle-income group getting benefit from financial support. The lifetime cap for financial support of US$14386.42 from the fund will also be made double to US$ 28771.81 for each beneficiary.

About 400 beneficiaries are expected to get advantages from these improvements each year, once they boot in. Mr. Tharman stated that the government is also enhancing the growth of novel and inventive solutions to assist the individuals with disabilities by the Tote Board-Enabling Lives Initiative that was rolled out last year.