A Very Special Walk (AVSW) is a fundraising event of Autism Resource Centre (Singapore) (ARC(S)). Started in 2005, year after year, AVSW aims to raise funds for projects that integrate people of all ages with autism into mainstream society. AVSW has worked successfully with community partners, old and new, who have always given of themselves tirelessly and generously.
Autism is a journey – from childhood to adulthood, at school and beyond but always involving family and community.
This year, ARC(S) presents AVSW 2016 with our sister organisation, Autism Association Singapore (AA(S)) and all nett proceeds will go towards helping adults with autism through:
E2C was launched by ARC(S) in 2012. It provides essential job training and support, enabling adults with autism to take on and keep employment in open and customised settings. With training and support, people with autism can work.
ECFA, started by AA(S) in 1999, now serves adults with autism in day activity settings providing services that support health and fitness, daily living, leisure and recreation, pre-vocational work and meaningful community engagements.
The Harvard Din & Tonics are Harvard University’s signature all-male a cappella singing group, known around the world for their rich tradition of excellence in both music and performance. With a repertoire centered on the American jazz standards of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, these Harvard gentlemen—who perform in white tie, tails, and lime green socks—have an enviable reputation for their impeccable musicality, snappy choreography, and hilarious antics.
After nearly four decades of singing, the Din & Tonics are recognized as one of the world’s finest collegiate a cappella groups, enjoying a global audience while remaining committed to their history of public service and to the Harvard community. Always performing with the vibrant energy and warm humor that have made them so successful, the Din & Tonics continue to bring you a cappella – with a twist!
Drop by the Enabling Village to watch the Din & Tonics perform on 30 July 2016!
Please contribute to our fundraising by making an outright cash donation through the following means:
Autism Resource Centre (Singapore) was established as a response to the growing concern that the needs of the diverse population of individuals with autism go beyond existing provision. ARC(S) aims to help these individuals with an autism spectrum disorder maximise their potential in life through advocacy and provision of services in education, employment and empowering of family caregivers / professionals. It also hopes to highlight the needs of these individuals and to increase understanding and awareness of autism in our community.
Pathlight School, started by Autism Resource Centre (Singapore), is the first autism-focused school offering Singapore's mainstream academic curriculum blended with life readiness skills. Invited by the Ministry of Education (MOE), it began operations in January 2004 and is known to be one of the fastest growing and progressive special schools in Singapore. The school caters to students with ASD and related disorders aged between 6 and 18 years of age who are cognitively able to access mainstream academics, but require additional support such as smaller class size, special accommodations and teaching staff trained in autism. The school has grown from 41 students in January 2004 to more than 1000 students in 2016.
Autism Association(Singapore), is a charity organization under the Charities Act, Singapore. It was originally set up through the initiative of a group of parents. It aims to initiate, organise and support provision of a broad spectrum of services for people with autism in Singapore. These services encompass education, vocational and life skills training and residential care.
Eden School is a vocational school which takes in students from ages 7 to 18 years old with moderate to severe autism. They are taught vocational skills and life-readiness skills which help them cope with day to day living.
The Harvard Din & Tonics is Harvard University’s signature all-male a-cappella singing group, known around the world for their rich tradition of musical and performance excellence. With a repertoire centered on the American jazz standards of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, these Harvard gentlemen — who perform in white tie, tails, and lime green socks — have an enviable reputation for their impeccable musicality, snappy choreography, and hilarious antics. This is the third time the Harvard Dins are supporting Autism Resource Centre(S) in our fundraising effort. This year, in addition to their splendid repertoire, they will be collaborating with our very own Pathlight School Youth Choir.
Set up by Ministry of Social and Family Development in July 2013, SG Enable is an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities and building an inclusive society. It seeks to provide comprehensive support to persons with disabilities across different life stages. For more information, please visit www.sgenable.sg.
Located at 20 Lengkok Bahru, the Enabling Village is a universally designed community space combining retail, lifestyle and training in an all-accessible public space, home to several social businesses. For more information, please visit https://enablingvillage.sg.
Pan Pacific Singapore is the flagship hotel of Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts which believes that corporate responsibility involves doing what is right for its stakeholders. This entails building and ensuring meaningful relationships with its associates, customers and guests as it continually engages the environment and communities.