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MINDS Hub – An Integrated Social-Health Support for Persons with Disabilities in Singapore

Located in the heartlands of Singapore, MINDS Hubs are physical one-stop centres that provide social-health support as well as specialised programmes and services for persons with disabilities.


Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)

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  • Singapore


In Singapore, an estimated up to 80% of adult persons with disabilities (PWDs) / persons with intellectual disabilities (PWIDs) may be undiagnosed or unserved, and are not attending regular services.

This results in deteriorating conditions and ultimately a premature need for PWD/PWIDs to be kept in residential institutions. It is important to keep PWIDs in the community, as placing them in homes or institutionalised facilities will only further deteriorate their conditions, and isolate them from the community. Institutional care becomes especially critical if PWDs/PWIDs lack the training for daily living skills and are unable to live in the community. This will severely impact the sector's ability to cope.

There is also a significant mental, emotional and physical strain on caregivers who have to manage the challenges that come with caregiving for aging PWDs/PWIDs. Caregiving stress is compounded as caregivers age, making them more susceptible to ill health.

It is clear that there is a need to provide social-health support and specialised programmes for PWD/PWIDs in Singapore, and Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) has the solution for this.


At MINDS, we aim to provide integrated social-health support for PWD/PWIDs in Singapore by establishing MINDS Hubs in Singapore's Heartlands to serve as regional outreach and service centres, especially for those who are isolated and vulnerable. Providing healthcare and a holistic range of social support services under one roof, we are confident that MINDS Hubs will help plug a gap that has seen some miss out on the support they need. Some of the services that will be provided in MINDS Hubs are:
  1. Diagnostic & Assessment
    • e.g. Health screening, Clinical Examinations, Medical consultations
  2. Programmes & Services
    • Learning and training opportunities for PWDs/ PWIDs, Caregiver support and respite
  3. Information & Referral
    • provide information, advice and referrals to PWDs/PWIDs and their caregivers so that they understand the myriad of services and make informed decisions
  4. Community Integration
    • promote disability awareness and facilitate social inclusion (e.g. befriending, community events, public education)

MINDS is also seeking opportunities to explore digital solutions in engaging persons with disabilities as well as their caregivers. For more information on our solution, do refer to our Slide Deck.

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