About Campaign

ends 31 Dec 2020, 11:59 PM
Diagnosed with autism at 3 years old, Zhao Xiong had much to learn and overcome. He had frequent meltdowns, tantrums and violent outbursts that tested his family's wits and mettle.

After his schooling in a special education school, Zhao Xiong joined the Day Activity Centre (DAC) in 2011. His sister, Hsu Li explains that the family had no hesitation in enrolling him as 'the DAC promised to deliver what was sorely needed not only for Zhao Xiong, but his peers as well.'

Zhao Xiong has progressed significantly in the 9 years he has been with us. Today, he is in a vocational class and his weekly routine includes cooking, music and swimming. His family clearly sees the change that the DAC has made in him. His sister says, 'His tantrums have been reduced to a rarity and he can exercise self-control during stressful situations. With encouragement, he is now able to verbalise what he wants in sentences.'

Today, Zhao Xiong still faces challenges when it comes to interaction with members of the public. There are many who may not understand autism and misunderstand him. Nevertheless, the ones who respond with compassion and acceptance give Zhao Xiong and his family the encouragement they need to let him explore the world outside his home and the DAC, just like everyone else would.

Your generosity can help enable adults like Zhao Xiong with moderate to severe autism live dignified and meaningful lives. Together, let's create an inclusive and safe community for persons with autism.

About the Charity

Out of passion to care for the physical, emotional and social well-being of the community, the St. Andrew's Medical Mission was founded in 1913 by Dr. Charlotte Ferguson-Davie, the wife of the first Anglican Bishop of Singapore who was also a medical doctor herself. Seeing the plight of the local women and children of that time and the lack of medical services for them, Dr. Ferguson-Davie set up a dispensary along Bencoolen Street for the destitute women and children. The Medical Mission continued to meet the locals' needs and thus led to the opening of more dispensaries and eventually, St. Andrew's Mission Hospital in 1923 and St. Andrew's Orthopaedic Hospital in 1939.

Working closely with the Government, SAMH constantly developed its services to meet the relevant needs of our local community at all times. Today, SAMH has under its operation: St. Andrew's Autism Centre, St. Andrew's Community Hospital, St. Andrew's Nursing Home and St. Andrew's Senior Care.


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