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
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.