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The People of ABLE

RTW client placed with a new employer

Similar to Amin, Mr Lim was involved in a road traffic accident. He suffered a spinal cord injury in 2011, and after a considerable period of rehabilitation, he could walk slowly for short distances with the help of a walking aid. However, he had residual sensory impairment and limited function in his affected arm which deemed him unsuitable for employment.

Undeterred, Mr Lim started rehabilitation at ABLE in November 2016. To support his vocational aspirations, ABLE’s therapists and RTW coordinator liaised closely with the medical team, seeking a review of his employment status. When Mr Lim received medical clearance to pursue open employment in July 2017, the RTW coordinator arranged a work trial at Vegriculture Trading Pte Ltd, a fruits and vegetable wholesaler at Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre.

Both therapists and RTW coordinator supported Mr Lim in navigating his work environment. An appropriate replacement for his powered wheelchair that was suitable for work was identified and an application was made to the Assistive Technology Fund for subsidies to offset the cost.

The RTW coordinator wrote to the HDB and site manager of Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre to install ramps to allow Mr Lim to use the sheltered pathways that were previously only accessible by steps. ABLE also worked closely with Mr Lim’s employer to understand the tasks involved and subsequently recommended environmental adaptations in order for Mr Lim to complete his assigned job tasks effectively.

Mr Lim was officially employed as a production assistant by Vegriculture in August 2017 after his work trial, and the RTW coordinator continued to provide regular job support to both Mr Lim and his supervisor. Mr Lim’s perseverance paid off in November 2017, when he was confirmed as a permanent employee. He continues to thrive in his job as an economically productive and independent individual engaged in a meaning ful occupation.

We consider ourselves blessed to work with supportive employers like Amin’s and Mr Lim’s. It is only through close partnerships with supportive employers that ABLE may fulfil its social mission – to enable the physically challenged to live with dignity and to have a productive, meaningful and independent life.

“I have learnt many new things so far while working at Vegriculture. My employer and colleagues are very supportive towards me. I am always open to trying new things at work, and I never say no to challenging tasks”.

– Mr Lim Lian Hua

Mr Lim, peeling spring onions at his workplace.