St. Andrew's Autism Centre (SAAC) is a non-profit, integrated centre for the education, training, and care of persons with autism and their families.
A service of St. Andrew's Mission Hospital (SAMH), SAAC operates a special school for children and youths with autism from seven to 18 years old, and a Day Activity Centre (DAC) for adults aged 19 years and beyond. Both students of the school and DAC clients benefit from specialist therapies — speech, occupational and music therapy — and in varying extents, expressive arts programmes in dance, art and music.
In 2015, the Ministry of Social and Family Development appointed SAAC to co-develop and operate a home for adults with autism. Located at Compassvale Bow, St. Andrew's Adult Home (Sengkang) [SAAH (Sengkang)], Singapore's first residential facility designed and built to meet the needs of adults with autism, will receive its first residents in April 2019. The co-located DAC will begin its programme on 1 April 2019.
[We] relate to people with autism as unique individuals — person first; autism second
SAAC also supports and equips families and caregivers with members with autism with knowledge and skills through a range of family services, including parent support and networking. SAAC engages in public education, advocacy and community outreach with the vision for an inclusive society.
At SAAC, staff, volunteers, and partners alike are encouraged to relate to people with autism as unique individuals — person first; autism second.