We agree with Mr Alfred Yeo Chi Jin on the importance of supporting deaf students in their access to education ("Communication support for deaf students"; May 2).
The Special Education Needs (SEN) Fund helps Singapore-citizen students with physical or sensory-related impairments in the polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) purchase assistive technology (AT) devices and supporting services such as signing interpretation and Braille printing.
Regardless of their financial situation, each eligible student can receive up to $5,000 to purchase AT devices if they have physical impairment, and up to $25,000 to procure AT devices and supporting services if they have visual or hearing impairments.
The SEN Fund has been sized to support our polytechnic and ITE students with a mix of suitable AT devices and support services, based on their learning needs identified in consultation with key stakeholders including students, education institutions and voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs).
For example, using the SEN Fund, deaf students can purchase AT devices such as
FM transmitters and receivers, portable FM listening devices and note-taking devices.
They may also purchase signing interpretation and note-taking services, to complement the use of the AT devices.
The full cost of the AT devices or services may be claimed from the SEN Fund up to the total amount allowed.
The Ministry of Education is committed to providing adequate support for students' learning in their education journey.
We will continue to work closely with other government agencies, VWOs, education institutions and parents to achieve this.
Letter from John Lim
Director, Higher Education, Ministry of Education
This article was first published on May 26, 2014.
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