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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.

Registered as a charity in 1992, Rainbow Centre is an 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

(2020-2022)

President
A/P Kenneth Poon

Vice-President
Mr Chew Kei-Jin

Honorary Treasurer
Ms Cindy Ho

Assistant Treasurer
Ms Angeline Ooi

Honorary Secretary
Mr Milton Ong

Past President
Mr Yew Teng Leong

Committee Members
Mr Alban Kang
Mr Damien Tan
Ms Evangeline Chua
Prof (Dr) James Hui
Dr Kenneth Lyen
Mr Kevin Leong
Prof (Dr) Lee Eng Hin
Dr Majeed Khader
Dr Sylvia Choo

School Management Committee

(1 Dec 2020 – 30 Nov 2022)

Chairman
Mr Milton Ong

Supervisor
A/P Kenneth Poon

Honorary Treasurer
Ms Cindy Ho

Secretary
Ms Michelle Ong

Committee Members
Dr Majeed Khader
Mr Damien Tan
Ms Fauziah Ahmad
Prof (Dr) James Hui
Ms Jessica Wee
Mr Louis Lim
Ms Tan Sze Wee

Ministry of Education Representative
Ms Veronica Ho

Leadership Team

Adults, Family & Accessibility

Mr Manoj Pathnapuram
Director, Accessibility Services

Children & Youth

Ms Michelle Ong
Principal, Margaret Drive School

Ms Jessica Wee
Principal, Yishun Park School

Ms Fauziah Ahmad
Principal, Admiral Hill School

Early Childhood

Ms Janice Leong
Deputy Director, Early Intervention Services

Development & Innovation

Mr Quincy Tan
Director, Development and Innovation

Corporate Services

Mr Sampson Low
Director, Finance and Operations

Mr Josh Lye
Deputy Director, People & Culture

Executive Director’s Office

Ms Tan Sze Wee
Executive Director

Mr Malcolm Wong
Deputy Executive Director

 

Press Releases

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RC in the News

An Inclusive Arts Festival for Children, With or Without special Needs (TODAY, 16 March 2019)

SINGAPORE — Mr Jovan Neo talks about equality a lot. “We are human beings, we are equal, but with different abilities,” he said multiple times during an interview with TODAY.

This is the message that the 20-year-old, who has autism, hopes to get across at the “Peekaboo!” inclusive arts festival, which is being held at the Rainbow Centre in Margaret Drive on every Saturday this month.

Mr Neo, a game design student at the Institute of Technical Education, is involved in two art projects and facilitating workshops at the festival.“I want to help other children like myself, who might have trouble making new friends,” he said.

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Education Lessons for Singapore from Finnish Inclusivity (The Straits Times, 15 Nov 2018)

Finland has often attracted global attention for being an education miracle – there are no major exams until the age of 18, private tuition is unheard of and yet students still do well in global education rankings.

But the exam-free culture is not the only noteworthy part about its education system. Schools there have gone big on inclusive education – including children with special needs in regular schools – in the last three decades.

More than 95 per cent of its students with special needs, including those with severe conditions such as cerebral palsy, are in publicly funded, regular schools known as comprehensive schools.

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Helping students ease into real world (The Straits Times, 28 Sep 2018)

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.

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NDP funpacks feature art by special education students

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

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.

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2019/2020

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Financial Statements 2019/2020

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