Autism advocacy #1 — It starts with enabling

When it comes to helping those in need, I believe it boils down to these four words: Enabling. Empowering. Empathising. Embracing. How did I come to this conclusion? Well, two days ago I joined a nationwide focus group forum to contribute ideas for the new Enabling Master Plan (EMP) 2030. It was the last in … Continue reading Autism advocacy #1 — It starts with enabling

On World Children’s Day – How a poolside encounter reminded me what truly counts

On World Children's Day, let me share about a recent poolside encounter. A couple of weeks ago, I overheard an interesting conversation between a male who looked to be in his late 50's and a young boy about my son's age of 12. The exchange took place at a neighbourhood pool where I go for … Continue reading On World Children’s Day – How a poolside encounter reminded me what truly counts

Finally, an action map to support caregivers!

It's tempting to say that this is a coincidence. After all, it was just two weeks ago that I wrapped up my series reflecting on our nation's inaugural Autism Enabling Masterplan. That's a plan to muster all aspects of help and support for the autism community in my country. As I ponder this matter, I … Continue reading Finally, an action map to support caregivers!

Our Autism Enabling Masterplan – High Priority Area #6 of 6

This is it, the last autism priority area unwrapped! Finally, after two months! Since the start of May, I've been writing every Saturday about my country's first-ever Autism Enabling Masterplan (AEM) -- launched in January -- and its six High Priority Areas (HPA). Took a break last week to write about Father's Day but now … Continue reading Our Autism Enabling Masterplan – High Priority Area #6 of 6

Our Autism Enabling Masterplan – High Priority Area #5 of 6

Four down. Two to go. Surely this series I've been writing on the Autism Enabling Masterplan (AEM) and its six High Priority Areas (HPA) can't get any worse. Right? And yet, it just did. With this week's HPA #5 -- Residential Continuum. [If you're new to my blog and this series, please find my brief … Continue reading Our Autism Enabling Masterplan – High Priority Area #5 of 6

Our Autism Enabling Masterplan – High Priority Area #4 of 6

Yep. It's true. This ASD series just gets harder and harder to write. Why? Since blogging about our nation's Autism Enabling Masterplan (AEM) a month ago, my overwhelming sense that this is something bigger than any one of us advocating, partnering, and supporting those in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community, has just become more … Continue reading Our Autism Enabling Masterplan – High Priority Area #4 of 6

Our Autism Enabling Masterplan – High Priority Area #3 of 6

Maybe I've hit the halfway mark here as I explore the topic of autism via a new master plan. Whatever it is, I now find this master plan series a lot harder to write about than I imagined. Why? It has a lot to do with what I've learned so far, including this particular HPA#3 … Continue reading Our Autism Enabling Masterplan – High Priority Area #3 of 6

Our Autism Enabling Masterplan – High Priority Area #2 of 6

Last week, I wrote on the first High Priority Area or HPA#1 - Quality Assurance for Autism Services. This was after I had kicked off this series on our nation's first Autism Enabling Masterplan (AEM) with an intro a fortnight ago. Today, I will continue with HPA#2 - Planning for Life. (For those interested, the … Continue reading Our Autism Enabling Masterplan – High Priority Area #2 of 6

Our Autism Enabling Masterplan – High Priority Area #1 of 6

[Below's my 200th blog post! Yeah me!! If you're new to my writings, feel free to learn more about me here] Last week, I introduced the Autism Enabling Masterplan (AEM), meant for the local Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community. It was developed and launched in January this year by multiple parties supporting the community. The … Continue reading Our Autism Enabling Masterplan – High Priority Area #1 of 6