Polytechnic commemorates twenty years of Rehabilitative Engineering solutions
Centre for Application in Rehabilitation
Engineering develops over 200 customised solutions for over 30 organisations
Singapore, 7 March 2013 – Singapore Polytechnic’s (SP) Centre for
Application in Rehabilitation Engineering (SP CARE) marked its 20th
anniversary at a projects handing over ceremony today. A total of 14 projects
were handed over to various organisations such as Khoo Teck Puat Hospital,
Institute of Mental Health, Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore and
was launched in 1993 with the twin objectives of providing Singapore
Polytechnic (SP) students an opportunity to apply what they have learnt to real
life projects and educating them to be caring and concerned citizens. Annually,
SP CARE is committed to provide technical support and services in
rehabilitation engineering to the disabled and aged communities. Since 1993, SP
CARE has developed over 200 customised solutions for over 30 different
organisations and individuals, ranging from software training kits to assistive
equipment for dedicated function.
past 20 years, SP CARE has realized the special and personal needs of the
disabled and elderly with affordable innovative solutions and services. With a
pool of expertise from different disciplines, SP CARE is able to develop
technical aids that enable the aged and disabled to lead a more dignified
life,” said SP Deputy Principal, Mr Lim Peng Hun.
One technical aid
handed over at today’s ceremony is an
interactive multimedia learning programme that teaches English to children
afflicted with cerebral palsy.
Through videos, pictures, audio and games within the programme, children can learn
about everyday objects, toiletries, animals and body parts in a fun and
light-hearted manner. Unlike other programmes on the market, the words in the
programme are selected based on advice and input from the Spastic Children’s
Association of Singapore.
learning programme developed by SP CARE is a fine example of an
academic institution using their expertise to help the community. The programme
allows our students to learn spelling and to identify with the objects they are
spelling in a fun and
light-hearted manner. The altruistic spirit that underlines this
project is something that everyone can emulate,” said Ms Paulene
Shekinah, Speech and Language Therapist from the
Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore.
Other projects developed by SP students and
staff in the past years include:
Height and Width Adjustable Parallel
Walking Bar (2010)
The innovative walking bar
allows for adjustable height and width. The customization according to the
patient’s height and size makes therapy sessions more comfortable and
beneficial for both patient and therapist. The walking bar can accommodate
users up to a weight limit of 85kg. It was donated to Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital.
Exerciser aims to promote healthy lifestyle for elderly and patients. The main features of this exerciser include individual legs and arms
exercise with variable load selection to strengthen joints, muscles and blood
circulation. It was donated to Bishan Home.
Standing Frame (2011)
The standing frame aims to
assist wheelchair-bound patients to stand and perform light activities after
sitting for a prolonged period. It comes with wheels for portability and the
height can be customized. It was donated to Saint Andrew’s Community Hospital.
The SP CARE projects are
initiated either through requests from voluntary welfare organisations,
hospitals or proposed by staff or students. Upon completion, these projects are
tested to ensure that they meet construction and safety standards before being
presented to the organisations, hospitals or individuals. Past beneficiaries
have included Assisi Hospice, National Heart Centre and the Handicaps Welfare
Photos of past projects are available upon
to right: Zhang Di, Vivian Yeong, Gary Lim - Singapore Polytechnic Diploma in
Mechatronics & Robotics students behind the interactive multimedia learning
Ghosh from the Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore officially accepting
the interactive multimedia learning programme from Guest of Honour, Mr Chua
Chin Kiat, Chairman, Centre for Enabled Living.
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