Singapore presents assistive technology enhancements at E2Connect 2016 forum

Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) with the support of SG Enable and SPD organized the E2Connect 2016 forum to raise awareness about assistive technologies and their role for supporting persons with disabilities to address contemporary challenges.

As one of the main announcements, the Minister for Communications and Information presented enhancements to the NEU PC Plus program, which offers computers and affordable broadband for low income households with children and persons with disabilities. For more than 10 years, this program has reached 27,000 beneficiaries. It is expected that it reaches 5,000 more households during the next five years.

Additionally, Voluntary Welfare Organization Blue Cross Thong Khend Home and Movement for Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) received a grant from IDA’s Enable IT program to implement technology solutions with smart devices and virtual reality solutions.

According to Leong Keng Thai, Deputy Chief Executive of IDA, “A Smart Nation is about people, not tech alone. It’s about using tech to make people’s lives better, creating new opportunities and building stronger communities; it’s for everyone.”

Additional Sources: GAATES