About Us

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 are 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.

Corporate Profile

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.


Objectives

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.

Mission & Vision

Our Mission

“Founded on the belief in the dignity, capability and value of persons with disabilities, our mission is to enable our sportspersons with disabilities to realise their individual potential by providing them with the opportunity to participate and excel in sports both recreationally and competitively.”

Our Vision

“To maximise our members’ potential through sports”


Our History

The Singapore Sports Council for the Disabled (now the Singapore Disability Sports Council) was jointly founded by the then Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, and eight organisations for the disabled on 26th February 1973. Known as the Singapore Sports Council for the Handicapped then, it was registered with the Commissioner of Charities on 24th May 1973.

At its first Annual General Meeting on 25th May 1973, Mr Othman Omar – the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs at that time – was elected as the Council’s first President.

The first Committee of the newly set up Singapore Sports Council for the Handicapped wasted no time in promoting sports to the handicapped. A Special Committee was set up to organise the first Regional Sports Meet in conjunction with the Singapore Handicapped Month in September 1973. 36 paraplegics from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore participated in a total of 42 events including athletics, archery, swimming and table tennis.

The Regional Sports Meet opened up a whole new world of opportunities for the disabled in Singapore. It also served as a trial to select suitable athletes to represent Singapore in its first overseas championship meet – the Commonwealth Paraplegic Games. Although the Council had short-listed six athletes, only two – Robert Tan and Frankie Thanapal Sinniah – represented Singapore at the Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1974 due to lack of funds. Frankie returned with a bronze medal for swimming, while Robert was placed fourth for javelin and weightlifting, and fifth for archery. In 1975, they again were again selected to represent Singapore in the first Far East and South Pacific (FESPIC) Games held in Japan. This time, Robert won the Gold and Bronze medals, while Frankie won two Gold medals and a Bronze medal.

In a short space of time, the Council had put Singapore on the map of disability sports. Our athletes competed in world and regional championships, and despite inadequate funds, and lack of training equipment and facilities, they did Singapore proud by winning medals in such world class events.

In 1985, the Council was renamed the Singapore Sports Council for the Disabled (SSCD). Notwithstanding its role as the national agency for disability sports, SSCD had no assured funding. There was not even a proper office to carry out its work. Towards the end of 1994, the SSCD acquired its first office within the premises of the Handicaps Welfare Association in Whampoa Drive. In 1995, SSCD moved into its office premises, and employed two full-time staff. For the first time in 22 years, there was some semblance of a national sports body and a real sense of identity.

SSCD has come a long way since 1973. It is relentlessly pushing the frontiers of disability sports in Singapore today. In a ceremony held on 29th May 2003, the SSCD officially changed its name to the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC).

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  • The SDSC logo depicts a burst of energy.
  • The vibrant colours of blue and green represent courage, confidence and indomitable spirit of our athletes.
  • The logo adopts an athletic stance suggesting sports and the attainment of excellence.
  • The arrow motif is a graphic representation of the Chinese character “Li” (strength), while the oval frame represents the fullness of life through sports.

SDSC Executive Committee

President

Mr. Kevin Gerard Wong

Vice-President

Mr. Raja Singh

Honorary Secretary

Mr. Christian Stauffer

Honorary Treasurer

Mr Ho Cheng Kwee

Honorary Assistant Treasurer

Mdm M.B. Karim

Founder Members

  • Dr Victor Tay, Association for Persons with Special Needs
  • Mrs Koh-Lim Ai Lay, Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore
  • Mr Hui Beng Hong, Handicapped Welfare Association
  • Mrs Mimi Tan, Movement of the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore

Members

  • Mr Joice Raveendran, AWWA
  • Mr Ee Tiang Hwee, METTA Welfare Association
  • Mrs Angie Ong, Individual
  • Dr Mark Hon, Individual

APSN

Association for Persons with Special Needs

The Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) is a voluntary welfare organisation catering the needs of children and adults with mild intellectual disability. It runs four schools and a training centre. As a founding member of SDSC, APSN recognises the importance of sports in their members’ growth and development. Their members have represented Singapore in a number of major overseas meets including the INAS-FID World Athletics Championships in Seville, Spain and the Special Olympics from its member organisations.

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AWWA

Catering to the educational, rehabilitative and social needs of children with physical disabilities in mainstream schools and institutions of higher learning, AWWA Community Integration Service (formerly known as TEACHME) joined Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) in 1998 to jump start sports and physical activities for its clients. Since 1998, it has organised several sports clinics with SDSC’s assistance, enabling their children to participate in PE classes in their respective mainstream schools.

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BADS

The Bowling Association for the Disabled (Singapore)

Bowling Association for the Disabled, Singapore (BADS) is an association registered with Registry of Societies since April 2010 and is affiliated to the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC). BADS’s main objective is to make bowling accessible to all persons with disabilities in Singapore. It organises and coordinates all bowling activities for the disabled community which leads up to the selection of elite teams to represent Singapore in international competitions.

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CPAS

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore

Formerly known as Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS), was established in 1957 to provide persons with Cerebral Palsy and multiple disabilities with early intervention, special education, rehabilitation services, day activity centre programmes, vocational training and gainful employment in Singapore.

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DSA

Down Syndrome Association – Singapore

The Down Syndrome Association (DSA), Singapore, joined SDSC as the newest member organisation in 2000. Among DSA’s support groups is a newly set up DSA Youth Wing, which looks after the social and recreational activities for young people with Down syndrome (age 10 years and older). The Youth Wing’s Down Syndrome Sports Appreciation Programme includes recreational sports such as street soccer.

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HWA

Handicaps Welfare Association

The Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA) has always been a strong advocate of sports. A founding member of the SDSC, HWA has been promoting sports and helping to nurture many outstanding sportsmen and sportswomen who have participated in local, regional and international sporting events. HWA’s sporting activities include swimming, athletics, archery, body-building, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball.

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BOWLS

Lawn Bowls Association for the Disabled (Singapore)

Formed in 2005, the Lawn Bowls Association is a disability-sports club catering to those who wish to take up lawn bowls. The formation of this club spells a good sign for the future of the local disabled scene. As the sports club function independently from the council, it gives them greater freedom on the management and promotion of their sport. Thus, they will not be limited by the stretched resources of SDSC.

Metta

Metta Welfare Association

Metta Welfare Association (Metta) was founded in 1992 by Venerable Shi Fa Zhao, Abbot of Golden Pagoda Buddhist Temple. He is also currently the President of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (Singapore). Metta is one of the keen supporters towards the promotion of sports for the disabled through its service centres. The Metta School has been participating in SDSC’s sports events and has emerged winners in several competitions such as the National Track & Field and Swimming Championships.

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MINDS

Movement for Intellectually Disabled of Singapore

Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) is one of the oldest and largest non-governmental organisations catering to the educational, vocational, social and welfare needs of the Intellectually Disabled in Singapore. One of the sports enthusiasts’ organisation, MINDS is actively involved in several sports and physical activities organised by SDSC. Their special schools have been participating regularly in the annual multi-sports event – the National Disability Games.

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MDAS

Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore)

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore), MDAS, is a self-help organisation formed in March 2000. It is committed to uplift the lives of people with Muscular Dystrophy. Since then the MDAS has strive to improve the lives of its members by joining sports and physical activities organised by SDSC as a form of rehabilitation. Today, MDAS has successfully assembled a group of sports enthusiasts that regularly play the game called Boccia.

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Handcycling Association of Singapore

Handcycling Association of Singapore (HAS) is a non-profit national disability sports association. It is dedicated to the development of athletes with disabilities by promoting handcycle racing as a competitive sport, and handcycling in general for recreational purposes. The association has taken active leadership role to foster and prepare teams to participate in local and international competitions.

RDA

Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore

Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore (RDA) was founded in 1982 and registered as a charity in 1987. Since then, more than a thousand children and adults with disabilities have been given the opportunity to ride. RDA provides free, therapeutic horse riding lessons to children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. It aims to teach person with disability to ride to the best of their abilities and has been actively supporting Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) in every sports event organised for the disabled community in Singapore.

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SAVH

Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped

The Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH), formerly known as the Singapore Association for the Blind (SAB), is a voluntary welfare organisation, founded in 1951. The association is affiliated to the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and is an approved Institution of a Public Character (IPC). Throughout the years, SAVH has strongly encouraged its members to participate in SDSC’s events and sporting programs.

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SILRA

Singapore Leprosy Relief Association

The SILRA Home was built through public donations and officially opened on 4th September 1971 by the Late President of Singapore Dr. B. H. Sheares. The Home provides food, lodging, and recreation and healthcare services for ex-leprosy patients. It also teaches the patients some handicraft skills and rehabilitative work. The residents want to be treated as an equal as the normal person among the community. Thus, SDSC has successfully initiated a sport exchange program to the residents of SILRA Home. The residents seem to be falling in love with the game called Boccia.

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SPD

SPD, formerly Society for the Physically Disabled, is a voluntary welfare organisation that focuses on helping people with disabilities maximise their potentials and integrating them into mainstream society. Through programmes and services that encompass therapy, vocational skills training, employment support, assistive technology, early intervention, day care, educational and social support, SPD seeks to enable people with disabilities to be self-reliant and independent. As one of the founding members of SDSC, SPD is also one of the pioneers of sports excellence and participation for persons with disabilities.

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TOUCH Community Services

TOUCH Community Services is a not-for-profit charitable organisation officially registered in 1992 and has been a member of the National Council of Social Service since 1994. TOUCH is committed to the well-being of all people, reaching out to various levels of needs in the community. Its mission is to establish and provide for the needy and disadvantaged in our society an integrated network of community-based services that strengthens the family, believing that every individual is unique and capable of reaching his or her highest potential.

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Table Tennis Association for the Disabled (Singapore)

Table Tennis Association for the Disabled (Singapore)(TTADS) was registered in 2011. It was set up to promote table tennis among special school students, the elderly on wheelchairs, the disabled and those who have lost their mobility; adding value to their lives. With a wide base, selected members are invited to join the developmental squad in weekly trainings and eventually to represent Singapore in overseas competitions. It also works closely with Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) to raise the awareness of sports for the disabled and inculcate sports as a lifestyle pursuit for persons with disabilities through their regular table tennis demonstrations and public appearances.

WBA

Wheelchair Basketball Association

The Wheelchair Basketball Association (Singapore) (WBA Singapore) was established on 7 Jul 2007. Its broad objectives are to provide support and guidance to people with or without disabilities who participate in the sports; to promote wheelchair basketball for all others able and disabled Singaporeans of all ages and to hold, coordinate or organise competitions and other events in wheelchair basketball with the support and approval of relevant controlling bodies at an international, regional and local level. To meet the above objectives, the Association actively raises raise funds, organise competitions, conduct public awareness events or form alliances with other organisations, bodies, associations or corporations.

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Wheelchair Racing Association Singapore (WRAS)

The Wheelchair Racing Association Singapore (WRAS) was formed in 2008 to promote wheelchair racing in Athletics. WRAS aims to inculcate values of sports to individuals with disabilities. Over the years, wheelchair racing athletes have participated in local championships, donned national colours in regional and international competitions. Such competitions challenge the disabled to realise their fullest potential.

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