The Tech Able facility was officially opened today in Singapore and attended by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Singapore’s Minister for Social and Family Development, in a bid to provide a viable solution for mobility issues faced by PWDs.
Tech Able aims to help PWDs in a more holistic method with the help of AT advancements. You can think of Tech Able as a hub that encourages AT solutions, provides training to enhance employability through communications and technology and a place where AT and infocomm technology are more accessible for those who need it most.
During the opening ceremony, there was a wide range of prototypes and creative AT innovations on display. Some of which included minor changes to wheelchairs which allow its user to slide from his wheelchair to the bed without needing assistance, affordable 3D printed utensils specifically designed for cerebral palsy patients to exoskeletal braces that help rehabilitate stroke patients.
This facility houses the Singtel Enabling Innovation Centre (SEIC), which is the arm that provides support training and employment opportunities for PWDs. Customised communications and technology training like contact centre operations and online marketing are some of the training that the SEIC looks to provide. In addition to the training programs, the SEIC looks to encourage sharing between interests groups, therapists, researchers and PWDs in a bid to gain insights and thereby able to create better AT devices.
The Tech Able facility is not just an AT innovation hub. It gives employers and caregivers a place where they learn how to create more PWD inclusive workplaces and homes. Caregivers can also seek the advice of AT specialists to help them make informed choices about AT devices for those under their care.
By Geralyne Kaye / October 6, 2015 17:45PM GMT+8 Singapore
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