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Expanding Special Education School Places for Students with Moderate-To-Severe Autism Spectrum Disorder

1. Three government-funded Special Education (SPED) schools which offer Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) programmes for children with moderate-to-severe ASD, with support from MOE, will be expanding the number of school places in the next two years. This is in response to the increase in the reported number of students with moderate-to-severe ASD who require specialised and intensive intervention to support their learning. It has led to a corresponding increase in the demand for ASD programmes offered by government-funded SPED schools run by Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs).

2. Autism Association Singapore (AAS), AWWA and Rainbow Centre (RC) will each be opening one additional campus. Before these additional campuses are ready, AAS and AWWA will each begin operations out of another school site so that they are able to take in more students from 2018 and the 2nd half of 2017 respectively. RC will also take in more students at its additional campus from 2018. Information on the three additional campuses are in Annex A.

3. Once ready, the three additional campuses will collectively be able to take in 75 additional students per year. MOE will continue to work with the VWOs which operate government-funded SPED schools to ensure that children with moderate-to- severe special educational needs are able to access and benefit from a quality education.

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