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Enabling People, Changing Lives

VISION

To be a vibrant hub of the Catholic Church’s Social outreach to the Physically Challenged community.

MISSION

To enable the physically challenged to live with dignity and to have a productive, meaningful and independent life.

ABLE supports persons with disabilities and their caregivers through a holistic suite of services such as rehabilitation and training, respite care and wheelchair accessible transport.

Key services include rehabilitation therapy, training and employment support to empower physically challenged beneficiaries to return to suitable and sustainable employment. This is done through ABLE’s signature Return-To-Work programme, which adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to help persons with disabilities increase their employability and maximise their potential. ABLE also supports family caregivers and their physically challenged care recipients with centre-and home-based respite services. For persons with mobility challenges, ABLE offers wheelchair-accessible transport at reasonable rates. An extension of ABLE’s Return-To-Work programme, ABLE SEAS is an inclusive employer that offers accounting and payroll services. ABLE SEAS trains, coaches and employs persons with physical disabilities as accounting assistants.

The Story of ABLE

2009
September

Our Beginning

Our Beginning

September 2009

The story of Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations (ABLE) began when the Chairman of the Catholic Social and Community Council (CSCC) approached Mr. Raymundo Yu to assist Caritas Singapore to establish a charity serving people with physical disabilities. This cause resonated strongly with Raymundo and he recruited a group of like-minded individuals with a calling to serve this segment of society.

2010
October

Official IPC status

Official IPC status

October 2010

ABLE was incorporated on 25 October 2010 and began operations as a member of Caritas Singapore, the social and community arm of the Catholic Church in Singapore. ABLE obtained certification as an Institution of a Public Character (IPC) on 24 November 2010.

December

Launch of Centre for the Physically Challenged

Launch of Centre for the Physically Challenged

December 2010 – May 2015

Prior to incorporation, research was carried out to assess the needs of people with physical challenges in the community. Talks were held with various organisations aligned with ABLE’s cause and values to explore the possibility of collaboration. A maiden project with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDAS) was the Centre for the Physically Challenged (CPC), which was run between December 2010 to May 2015. Through the project, 326 clients were served, with over 500 rehabilitation sessions, 160 courses and 182 job/project placements.

2013
March

Launch of Agape Respite @MDAS

Launch of Agape Respite @MDAS

March 2013

Another key area identified was the challenges faced by caregivers of persons with muscular dystrophy. To ensure that caregivers are given opportunities to energize and refresh themselves, Agape Respite@MDAS was launched on 15 March 2013. This was a collaboration between ABLE and Muscular Dystrophy Association of Singapore (MDAS). At this centre, caregivers are given respite through organized activities while their care recipients are engaged in other activities. Over 200 family caregivers and 140 care recipients were served through centre- and home-based programmes.

2015
October

ABLE SEAS set up

ABLE SEAS set up

October 2015

Established under the umbrella of ABLE, ABLE SEAS started out as a project in 2013 to train and coach physically challenged beneficiaries on accounting knowledge and skills, and to place them in gainful employment. Services provided include accounting, payroll and GST applications and filings.

October

Move to Agape Village

Move to Agape Village

October 2015

ABLE moved to Agape Village in late October 2015 and set up three centres:


ABLE Rehabilitation & Training Centre provides rehabilitation services such as Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, complemented by Pilates. Through therapy, training and social service support, we aim to maximise the independence of persons with physical disabilities and reintegrate them into society and gainful employment


ABLE Respite Centre offers centre-based and home-based respite services, with a variety of activities to cater to the physical and mental well-being of family caregivers of the physically challenged


ABLE Transport helps to ease the transportation challenges faced by persons with disabilities by providing wheelchair accessible vans

Saint Giles, Patron Saint of ABLE

Saint Giles is the patron saint of cripples and is also invoked as a saint for childhood fears, convulsions, depression, particularly in Normandy.

In medieval art, he is depicted with his symbol, the hind. His emblem is also an arrow. Giles is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, and the only non-martyr, initially invoked as protection against the Black Death. His feast day is 1 September.

Born in Athens in 650 AD, Giles first lived in retreats near the mouth of the Rhône and by the River Gard in Septimania, in today’s southern France. The story that he was the son of King Theodore and Queen Pelagia of Athens is probably an embellishment of his early hagiographers; it was given wide currency in the Legenda Aurea. The two main incidents in his life were often depicted in art.

The Legenda Aurea links Giles with Arles, but finally he withdrew deep into the forest near Nîmes, where in the greatest solitude he spent many years, his sole companion being his dear deer, or red deer, who in some stories sustained him on her milk. Giles ate a Christian vegetarian diet. This retreat was finally discovered by the king’s hunters, who had pursued the hind to its place of refuge.

An arrow shot at the deer wounded the saint instead, who afterwards became a patron of the physically disabled. The king held the hermit in high esteem for his humility in rejecting all honours save having some disciples. The King built him a monastery in his valley, Saint-Gilles-du-Gard, which Giles placed under the Benedictine rule. He died there in the early part of the 8th century, with the highest repute for sanctity and miracles.

Feast Day: 1 September

Source : www.catholiconline.org