The story of Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations (ABLE) began in September 2009 when the Chairman of the Catholic Social and Community Council (CSCC), approached Mr. Raymundo A. Yu Jr. to assist Caritas, Singapore in the establishment of a charity aligned to the physically challenged community. This resonated strongly with him and he proceeded to recruit a group of like-minded individuals with a calling to serve this segment of society.
ABLE was incorporated on 25 October 2010 and began operations as a member of Caritas Singapore, the official social and community arm of the Catholic Church in Singapore. ABLE obtained certification as an Institution of a Public Character and approval from Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) on 24 November 2010.
Prior to incorporation, research was carried out to assess the needs of this special segment of the community. Talks were held with various organisations which were aligned with ABLE’s cause and values to explore the possibility of collaboration. A maiden project was the Centre for the Physically Challenged (CPC), from December 2010 to May 2015.
ABLE is constantly looking at ways to improve the lives of the less privileged. And one area is the demanding tasks of caregivers of person with muscular dystrophy. To ensure that caregivers are given opportunities to energize and refresh themselves, a soft launch of Agape Respite@MDAS was held on 15 March 2013. At this centre, caregivers are given respite through organized activities like grooming workshops and cooking lessons, while their wards are engaged in other activities. Even if they want to catch up on sleep, there are beds provided. This will allow the caregivers to “recharge” themselves.
In line with our mission to help our clients to live with dignity and have a productive, meaningful and independent life, we registered ABLE SEAS Limited on 31 March 2015 as a social enterprise to train and coach the physically challenged beneficiaries in accounting knowledge and skills with the objective of placing them to gainful employment. ABLE SEAS provides accounting, corporate secretarial and payroll services to corporations and charity organisations.
ABLE completed the move to the Agape Village in late October 2015. The Rehabilitation and Training Centre provides rehabilitation services such as Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, complemented by therapeutic 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’s 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 the caregivers of the physically challenged.