Our Clients & Testimonials
Ms. Narimah was referred to ABLE for our signature Return-to-Work (RTW) Programme as well as our therapy services in December 2019. She had suffered from a brain bleed which resulted in moderate aphasia, a language impairment which adversely affects a person’s ability to understand, read, speak and write. In the programme, Ms Narimah was given a comprehensive suite of rehabilitation, employment support, training and social work services to improve her independence in caring for herself and enhance her odds of finding gainful employment.
During Ms. Narimah’s initial speech therapy assessment, she had difficulty understanding and communicating with others. Upon reviewing her initial assessment, Ms. Narimah’s therapist was able to discover areas which were challenging for her as well as her strengths. Knowing her strengths enabled her therapist to deduce the optimal way to communicate with her while she underwent therapy. Ms. Narimah said the therapy sessions in ABLE gave her the confidence to speak independently and provided the support she needed to get back on her feet again. In fact, she has found a job through the RTW programme. “I keep a positive mind; I know I will get better,” said Ms. Narimah.
Jane is a caregiver to her husband Alan, a stroke survivor. She enrolled her husband in ABLE’s swimming classes for care recipients and subsequently joined ABLE’s Tele-Kopi sessions for caregivers. The sessions provided Jane with an avenue to express herself through reflections and participating in open conversations with other caregivers. She made many friends and forged sturdy bonds with other ABLE caregivers. Initially, Jane decided to join this support group in order to learn good caregiving practices and be a role model to other caregivers.
The like-minded people she met created a community for her to journey with. “If you needed to cry, no one judged. Everyone could relate and everyone supported you through it,” said Jane. The ABLE respite programmes gave her hope and strength in times of adversity. Jane is also a breast cancer survivor who advocates for and speaks on behalf of those in similar situations as her. She shared that this platform has reignited her faith as she is able to give back to society by sharing her experiences and caregiving tips.
Gladys was previously referred to ABLE for rehabilitation services. As a person with disabilities, she felt discouraged when she was initially unable to find gainful employment. She was constantly worried about her lack of financial stability which adversely affected her capability of supporting her children on her own. She shared that her children are her primary motivation in life. They are the reasons why she has the strength and willpower to search for potential solutions.
In 2016, Gladys found employment with ABLE SEAS – an extension of ABLE’s Return-To-Work programme. She went through accounting training from industry experts. With a stable job on hand, she feels happy that she is useful and is able to contribute to society just like anyone else. Gladys has gained confidence and independence working at ABLE SEAS and is often described by her colleagues as loud. She hopes to inspire others in similar situations as her past self to persevere and constantly look for ways to upgrade oneself.
Kalai battled with a heart attack which resulted in an amputation of his leg. Subsequently, he faced financial hardships and struggled mightily with depression while simultaneously trying to support his family. His life took a turn for the better when he was introduced to ABLE by other members of the church he regularly attended. After undergoing ABLE’s Return-To-Work programme, Kalai eventually found meaningful work as an Accounts Assistant at ABLE SEAS. “I love my job because the management listens to our needs, it is a friendly and open environment to work in.”
“ABLE SEAS provides opportunities for persons with disabilities (PWDs) to be gainfully employed. As a charity that provides shelter and social services to displaced individuals and families, New Hope Community Services is delighted to also make a difference in the lives of PWDs. ABLE SEAS provides book-keeping and payroll services to our organisation. Outsourcing of these services has provided assurance to our stakeholders in the areas of independent review and governance and allowed our management to focus on higher-value services while ensuring we comply with the employment laws and accounting standards. ABLE SEAS offers excellent professional services while empowering PWDs, and we would not hesitate to recommend their services to anyone.”
“While White Rook Advisory has strong competence in our core consulting function of public affairs, one of the by-products of growth is the need for a robust compliance support team. ABLE SEAS has been a critical partner for us in addressing this gap. Through their expertise and support, ABLE SEAS is our go-to “one-stop shop”, managing many of our critical functions including our staff payroll, tax reporting, GST payments and financial statements. The fact that they help the vulnerable in society make a dignified living is a worthy cause that we wanted to be a part of.”
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