About Campaign

ends 30 Nov 2016, 11:59 PM
MAKE AUTISM HOME A REALITY
A day will come when parents will be too old to care for their adult child with moderate to severe autism. Give today and help make the new autism home a reality (ready in 2018).

Linus*, 36, has moderate autism. He is a non-speech communicator and is deaf in one ear, partially deaf in the other. While LInus is able to respond when someone calls his name, his world is mostly sealed off from those around him, including his mother whom he lives with in a simple flat.

Linus' parents are separated. His mom is getting older. While she can presently care for him, she is often at her wits' end when he exhibits challenging behaviour. That's why she keeps Linus at home when he does not access the DAC programme at St. Andrew's Autism Centre, even when it means that the confinement may add to frustrations, including complaints from unsympathetic neighbours.

She occasionally experiences sleepless nights, worrying about what will happen to her adult child when she can no longer care for him, and when she passes on.

Linus attends the DAC, which runs a daily 6-hour programme on weekdays, and his mother is assured that she too can access support from a multi-disciplinary team including therapists when she needs help to manage Linus. For the present, she is grateful that she is not walking on this journey alone. But her concerns about the future remain uncertain until she is assured a place for him in the upcoming autism home, for the long run.

*name changed

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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