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Project It's SPECIAL! I NEED THIS!

Problem Statement

Existing art programmes for persons with intellectual disabilities are largely basic art workshops such as simple drawing and painting skills. Current products are also usually handcrafted. Production constraints pose a problem when a huge demand arises.

Solution

The project is a skills upgrading programme for persons with intellectual disabilities to produce commercially viable and quality products, such that they can eventually create their own signature works and earn an income through the sale of their masterpieces.


The programme aims to benefit 35 persons with intellectual disabilities from TOUCH Special Needs Group. It will:

• introduce them to different applications of arts, eg master techniques on paper, canvas and wood mediums;

• increase the visibility of their talents in Singapore and beyond;

• enable them to participate in society

• build a sustainable business model/brand that promotes the work of the persons with intellectual disabilities; and

• work with social service agencies to merchandise products produced.

Outcomes

Better design skills for persons with intellectual disabilities, so they can produce more premium designs, resulting in more commercially viable products, more income for the persons with disabilities, and a better quality of life for them.

  • Grantee

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    TOUCH Community Services Limited
  • Beneficiaries

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    Persons with disabilities

more about grantee

TOUCH Community Services is a not-for-profit charity in Singapore. Officially registered in 1992, TOUCH has been a member of the National Council of Social Service since 1994. TOUCH SpecialCrafts is the vehicle by which TOUCH has showcased the exceptional talents of its trainees through direct sale, auctions, charity fairs. It also provides employment for artistically-inclined trainees.