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Our Purpose

We envision a world where persons with disabilities are empowered and thriving in inclusive communities.

We work with our partners to create opportunities for persons with disabilities to make the most of their abilities and participate meaningfully in society. Through practical education, meaningful support and effective training programmes, we strive to increase the quality of life for them and their families.

Established in 1987, Rainbow Centre is a registered charity and Institution of a Public Character.

Vision

Beyond disabilities: empowered and thriving in inclusive communities

Mission

We are committed to enhancing the quality of life of persons with disabilities and their families through:

  • Providing person-centric programmes and services to enable them to achieve their fullest potential;
  • Leading innovation and developing capabilities that better support their needs and aspirations;
  • Advocating and engaging partners and the public to co-create an inclusive community.

Values

We respect the intrinsic and unique worth of every individual, and serve with compassion and dedication to discover, build, and celebrate the ability of each person. We act with integrity and achieve through the synergy of teamwork between staff, families, and the communities that support our mission. We pursue innovation to strive for excellence in services for persons with disabilities, to maximise potential and create opportunities to thrive in community.

Our People

Board of Governance

President
A/P (Dr) Kenneth Poon

Vice-President
Mr Chew Kei-Jin

Honorary Treasurer
Mr Damien Tan

Assistant Treasurer
Ms Angeline Ooi

Honorary Secretary
Mr Milton Ong

Past President
Mr Yew Teng Leong

Committee Members
Mr Alban Kang
Ms Evangeline Chua
Dr Kenneth Lyen
Prof (Dr) Lee Eng Hin
Mr Pek Choon Lee
Dr Sylvia Choo
Mr Vincent Chen

School Management Committee

Chairman
A/P (Dr) Kenneth Poon

Supervisor
Mr Yew Teng Leong

Treasurer
Mr Pek Choon Lee

Secretary
Ms Jessica Wee

Ex-officio
Ms Tan Sze Wee

Committee Members
Ms Chee Nian Tze
Ms Evangeline Chua
Prof (Dr) James Hui
Mr Louis Lim
Mr Milton Ong
Mr Malcolm Wong

Ministry of Education Representative
Ms Janice Beh

Management Leaders

Ms Tan Sze Wee
Executive Director

Mr Malcolm Wong
Deputy Executive Director,
Acting-Principal, Rainbow Centre Margaret Drive School

Mr Jeff Kwan
Director, Enterprise & Vocational Development

Mr Richard Yap
Director, Finance and Operations

Ms Jessica Wee
Principal, Rainbow Centre Yishun Park School

RC in the News

Inclusive art sessions draw kids together

This year’s National Day Parade (NDP) funpacks feature art from special education students for the first time,
letting young artists from places such as the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore School contribute to the yearly
celebrations.
The designs featured on the funpacks are in line with this year’s NDP theme, We Are Singapore, representing
Singaporeans from different walks of life overcoming challenges and achieving their aspirations.

read more

President Halimah Yacob calls for more support for children with special needs

This year’s National Day Parade (NDP) funpacks feature art from special education students for the first time,
letting young artists from places such as the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore School contribute to the yearly
celebrations.
The designs featured on the funpacks are in line with this year’s NDP theme, We Are Singapore, representing
Singaporeans from different walks of life overcoming challenges and achieving their aspirations.

read more

Something special is brewing at the Rainbow Centre’s newly launched Seeds Cafe

This year’s National Day Parade (NDP) funpacks feature art from special education students for the first time,
letting young artists from places such as the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore School contribute to the yearly
celebrations.
The designs featured on the funpacks are in line with this year’s NDP theme, We Are Singapore, representing
Singaporeans from different walks of life overcoming challenges and achieving their aspirations.

read more

Survey reveals challenges faced by professionals working with special needs children

This year’s National Day Parade (NDP) funpacks feature art from special education students for the first time,
letting young artists from places such as the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore School contribute to the yearly
celebrations.
The designs featured on the funpacks are in line with this year’s NDP theme, We Are Singapore, representing
Singaporeans from different walks of life overcoming challenges and achieving their aspirations.

read more

New programme to help caregivers manage autistic children

This year’s National Day Parade (NDP) funpacks feature art from special education students for the first time,
letting young artists from places such as the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore School contribute to the yearly
celebrations.
The designs featured on the funpacks are in line with this year’s NDP theme, We Are Singapore, representing
Singaporeans from different walks of life overcoming challenges and achieving their aspirations.

read more

Our History

  • 1987

    The Singapore Council of Social Service (SCSS) started Margaret Drive Special School (MDSS) with a Programme for Children with Multiple Handicaps (PCMH), and took over the Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Young Children (EIPIC) from MINDS.

  • 1989

    MDSS became the first special education school to introduce a programme for children with autism from 2 to 12 years old.

  • 1992

    Rainbow Centre was established. MDSS became autonomous from the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and came under the umbrella of Rainbow Centre.

  • 1995

    Rainbow Centre started BSS to cope with the increasing number of children on our waiting lists. The school was later renamed as Rainbow Centre – Balestier School (RCBS).

  • 2000

    The Preschool Integration Enhancement Programme (PRiEP) began to provide training and professional support to pre-school centres with children with special needs. Now known as Rainbow Centre Training & Consultancy (RCTC), it supports professionals working in the social service, public and corporate sectors as well as caregivers.

  • 2004

    Rainbow Centre and Autism Resource Centre (ARC) jointly started Pathlight School. Pathlight School is now fully run by ARC.

  • 2007

    Ngee Ann Polytechnic collaborated with RCTC to develop the new Advanced Diploma and Certificate in Early Childhood Intervention (Special Needs) courses.

  • 2013

    The programme for students with autism is extended to complete at 18 years old, providing a seamless educational programme leading to vocational training.

  • 2017

    Launch of a new logo and refreshed vision and mission statements to express Rainbow Centre’s enduring commitment to help persons with disabilities to be empowered and thriving in inclusive communities.

  • 2018

    • Opening of Seeds Cafe, a community space to foster greater inclusion.
    • Opening of OOSH, a before and after school care service, at the Margaret Drive campus.
    • Rainbow Centre’s third campus, Rainbow Centre Yishun Park School (Woodlands), receives its first batch of 39 students at its interim site at 11 Marsiling Lane. The campus caters to students with autism.

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