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Final Project – Topic 10: Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore (SCAS) February 8, 2011

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http://www.spastic.org.sg/services/index.html

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.

 

Rating: 7/10

 

SCAS’s Success

 

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

 

http://www.childrensaidsociety.org.sg/cas/

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.

 

Rating: 8/10

 

CAS’s Success

 

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.

 

Why Social Media is a Game-Changer for Causes November 3, 2010

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 http://www.searchenginejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/social-media.jpg

 

Introduction:

Summary of what the article is about:
This article is about how social media is being used across the world. Technologies nowadays are advance compared to the old times. They are fast in speed and they are able to send messages across the world. Especially if a country is in need of crisis, the social media can help to send emergency alert to people from around the world for help.

 

 

Reason for selecting this article:

I chose this article is because it shows that social media is very useful in every ways. They are completely changing the way of sending messages for everyone. Our advance technologies are far more convenient as compared to before in terms of speed, time and access. They are able to broadcast messages any time and anywhere.

 

 

3 key findings on my selected topic:

1) An average person spends 13h online every week. Majority of the computer users use computers for research, email, internet access, etc. They tend to treat the use of technologies as a hobby to use them whenever they have the time.

2) The ability to disseminate real time information and to have it spread at warp speed has brought the world closer together.
Social media has a great impact on us. It helps us to stay connected with one another through, phone calls, online chat, sending smses, etc. We do not have to travel from one place to another just to pass a message to the other party.

3) Social media is emerging as a tremendous force for social good. For example, the people of Haiti are suffering from starvation and the government is searching for more help. Hence, the media is the fastest way to alert people from around the world so that we can help find a better solution for them.

 

 http://mashable.com/2010/09/17/social-media-game-changer/

 

Other related topics:

HOW TO: Help Solve the Global Water Crisis with Social Media

The article shows that children from the less developed country are dying due to water-related disease. In order to help find a solution, the authur, Zachary Sniderman, blogged about the situation. From there, there were quite a number of solutions, such as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized, which helped solve the water-related disease.

http://mashable.com/2010/10/15/social-media-clean-water/

http://www.singaporeseo.org/social-media-marketing.html 

 

 

Conclusion:

Social media has impacted our society. It allows access to information quickly within a short period of time. It broadcasts through satellites or internet cables which is send to billions of people. It also maintains interpersonal communication, bringing people closer together.

Social media has its disadvantage too. One of the top disadvantages of social media worth a mention is the need for intensive labor. If you intend to build a brand and a name through social media, you must be ready to spend time updating your audience on all the relevant issues. Once you become established, you will tend to have a bigger crowd and it can be difficult to meet the needs of all people increasing you labor greatly.
However, to remedy this, you can put in place a networking campaign that is manageable and grow gradually.

For information on disadvantages of social media, please visit:

http://www.articlesbase.com/online-promotion-articles/disadvantages-of-social-media-1258249.html

 

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Visual depiction: Words that use pictures/colours to describe something.

Tag Cloud: – Visual Design

– Hyperlinks that lead to a collection of items.

 

Key words related to New Media:

–          Communication Technologies

–          Computer

–          Plasma TV

–          Internet

–          Hand phone

–          CD/DVD Player

 

 

Hello world! October 27, 2010

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This is my first time using this website. It’s really CONFUSING. So many new things for me to learn because I’m so used to using blogger. Sighs~