Evaluation of Website:
This website is simple and easy to navigate. Target audiences could be ranged from teenagers to adults who wishes to help those children with Cerebral Palsy. Also, for those families whose child has Cerebral Palsy, so that the Home could help them take care of their children. The important part of the website, which is the big rectangular picture, is being emphasized in red colour. The colour contrast is not so piercing to the eyes of readers. Font sizes are also appropriate. Texts are not so wordy because they do not want readers to fall asleep when reading such a long text. Their website is not up-to-date because the events are all held in year 2009 and 2010. Therefore, there are no updates about the latest information for the year of 2011.
What they provide?
The Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore (SCAS) has two centres for children with Cerebral Palsy of different ages. One is the Rehabilitation Centre and the other is the Day Activity Centre (DAC).
The Rehabilitation Centre provides for children in the Special School, pre-schoolers and outpatients. Therapists provide home-based therapy services to the more disabled non-ambulant clients at the Home Management Programme (HMP). The Rehabilitation Centre has been providing everything, various clinics ranging from feeding, eye, dental care, hands, spinal, orthopaedic, neurosurgical, and splinting clinic.
The Day Activity Centre (DAC) provides day care for people above age 18 with Cerebral Palsy and other physical disabilities like Autism. Programmes on social and recreational activities of daily living helps to nurture self-help skills. In addition, the programme offers to help families take care of their disabled charge when they are working. The clients will then receive therapy rehabilitation care, periodic medical checkups, daily living skills activities and meals, leading them to independent lives.
The SCAS has also organized two programmes for Cerebral Palsy people, the Early Intervention Programme (EIPIC) and the Sheltered Workshop (GROW).
The Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) provides early therapy intervention for children aged few months to 6 years old, those with disabilities. It gives them the opportunity to attend Special Education School or the mainstream school environment. It helps to bring up the development growth of children through developmental programmes and avoid secondary disabilities through training and support for child and family.
The Sheltered Workshop, also known as Goodwill, Rehabilitation and Occupational Workshop (GROW), provides value added vocational training and employment for adults aged 18 and above. Trainees are taught manipulative skills through tasks and project management whereby they produce unique craft gifts. Labour-intensive jobs are done by trainees and Workshop Instructors are there to monitor to ensure that quality and project deadlines are met. The trainees also have the chance to engage in social enterprise by operating the Goodwill Thrift Shop, push carts and drinks shop. Trainees then have the employment opportunity if they are successful during their training placement at the workshop.
Other similar organizations – Children’s Aid Society
Evaluation of Website:
The Children’s Aid Society website is also similar to the Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore’s website. Navigations are simple and convenient to use. Target audiences are also ranged from teenagers to adults who wishes to help those unfortunate children. Also, for those families whose child needs help, so that the Home could help them take care of their children. The background contrast is not too piercing for readers to see. Similarly to the SCAS’s website, it highlights the important part of the topic in red so that readers know what website is it. But the good thing is that the website is up-to-date. It shows the latest information for the year 2011. One of its disadvantages is that the website is quite wordy. They should have uploaded some pictures to show how they are doing at the current situation.
What they provide?
The Children’s Aid Society has programmes like Residential Care, Academic Guidance & Support, and Aftercare & Mentoring.
The Residential Care provides care and support for the children to make sure that their needs and interests are met.
The Academic Guidance & Support is for kindergartens, primary and secondary school children. The Home works closely with the schools to check on the children’s academic progress. The staffs, volunteers and tutors are being paid for tutoring the children.
The Aftercare & Mentoring is a programme where the children leave the Home to return to their family. Social workers at the Children’s Aid Society still keep in touch with the children and their family. Moreover, they also monitor the children’s development.