The Eden Centre for Adults (formerly known as the Autism Youth Centre) was repositioned as an adult Day Activity Centre in 2010. This was in response to the changing landscape of needs in the post-age-18 service areas for people on the autism spectrum.
Guided by principles of meaningfulness, independence and dignity, Eden Centre for Adults endeavours to be the leading centre in achieving quality and long-term outcomes for adults on the autism spectrum and their families.
With our core emphasis on Person-Centred Planning, the programme builds the strengths and capacities of our clients through individualised programming in an autism-friendly environment. Based on the unique needs of each individual, the Centre provides training and support in the areas of adaptive living, health and fitness, community living, recreation and vocation training skills.
To be a recognised leader of autism services for adults with autism and their families
To develop the strengths and capacities of individuals with autism and to maximise their potential to live dignified, meaningful and independent lives
Our weekly programme activities focus on developing key areas of:
- Personal Health & Fitness Skills
- Daily Living Skills
- Vocational Work Skills
- Social Interaction Skills
- Community Living Skills
- Leisure & Recreation Skills
Our Centre operates from Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm and is closed on public holidays and for four weeks in a year.
- The applicant must be clinically diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or suspected ASD.
- The applicant must be 18 years old and above, in the year of enrolment.
- At least one parent of the applicant must be a registered member of AA(S).
- Both parents and the applicant must be Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents (PRs). For PR applicants, either a parent of the applicant must be a Singapore Citizen.
- The applicant must not be already attending another programme funded by The National Council of Social Service or Ministry of Social and Family Development.
In addition, the applicant must:
- Be in good health and free from infectious disease
- Have any existing medical / psychiatric issues (e.g. seizures, epilepsy and psychosis) actively addressed and maintained
- Be able to control emotions in a socially appropriate manner, with supports
- Be free of uncontrollable risk behaviour towards self, others or property
- Be able to manage basic self-help skills (e.g. feeding, mobility, dressing) with supports
- Be able to be self-managed in toileting
- Be able to work independently within a group
- Be able to understand basic one-step instructions (e.g. stop, come, sit, give)
The following competencies in applicants would enable them to more fully access the benefits of our programme:
- Work habits
- Understand Start-Do-Finish routines
- Process work stamina of 15 to 20 minutes
- Able to work independently for 10 to 15 minutes
- Able to cope with sensory distractions, with supports
- Able to make choices
- Has clear interests and motivators
- Has access to strategies for self-calming
- Able to request
- Able to respond (e.g. “yes”/”no”)
- Understands concept of “First – Then”
The preliminary step to enrolment at our Centre is to submit an application through SG Enable.
A Case Worker at SG Enable would discuss with caregivers the following documents needed for their application:
- SG Enable Application Form, comprising
- Client Assessment Form
- Medical Information Form
- Declaration Form
- Supporting documents
- Medical Report, Diagnosis Report
- Any of these if available
- Psychological Report, Educational/School Report, Social Report
- Photocopy of Birth Certificate / NRIC of applicant and NRIC of parent/caregiver
SG Enable would then refer the application to the respective Centre of choice. As our current Centre intakes for Post 18s are competitive, we would contact applicants of vacancies once they become available.
Thereafter, we would invite parents for a Needs Assessment, advise them on Programme fees and the Programme suitable for the child.
Once an offer of Programme is made to the applicant, there would be a two-week trial to access the ability of the applicant at our Centre. This is followed by a six-month probation to assess the suitability of the Programme for the client. Upon successful completion of the probation, the client would be officially offered enrolment.
Whilst the sibling of a child who is already listed in the current year intake of Eden School, Eden Centre for Adults or Eden Children’s Centre, is given priority for enrolment, we do not guarantee placements for applicants and endeavour to do our best for available enrolments. Siblings of our existing students are still required to fulfil the above admission criteria and all enrolments are subject to available intakes for the year.
Programme fees are means-tested and will be calculated prior to enrolment, after the receipt of required documentation.
Please visit SGEnable for more information and Application Form