In Singapore, the number of actual disabled individuals is four percent (4%) of its population and that is by the traditional approach; many of whom fall squarely within the main categories of physical impairment, vision impairment, hearing impairment and intellectual impairment.
At present, the disabled in Singapore is supported by about 186 organisations including special schools and voluntary welfare organisations. Of the 186, only 11 provide some form of sports to the disabled and almost all cater to persons of a specific disability only.
The Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) is the only organisation in Singapore which reaches across all disability groups, offering a wide range of sports at both elite and non-elite levels. It is, in fact, Singapore’s national disability sports organisation.
The Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) is the national sports body for the disabled in Singapore. It is a voluntary organisation registered with the Commissioner of Charities.
Sports for the disabled formed the very cornerstone of SDSC’s existence. SDSC’s goal is to promote, through sports, the well-being of the disabled in Singapore, helping them to live full and independent lives.
SDSC depends on the kind and generous contributions of corporate sponsors and members of the public to advance its cause.
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SDSC firmly believes in the rehabilitative and therapeutic value of sports. Its programmes and activities underscore its guiding principle that “Disability Must Never Disqualify”. Thus, SDSC aspires:
- to provide the disabled with opportunities to train, participate and excel in sports for local, regional and international competitions;
- to enhance the lifestyles of the disabled and integrate them into the community through recreational sports and activities; and
- to increase public awareness of and promote widespread support for the sporting and recreational needs of the disabled community in Singapore.