The original SP CARE (Centre for Applications in Rehabilitation Engineering) was a one-stop centre that coordinates and directs rehabilitation and assistive technology projects at SP. Primarily involving students, SP CARE provided technical support and services to both the disabled and aged communities. The SP CARE unit would initiate projects through requests from voluntary welfare organisations or hospitals. Student project groups are then assigned, and given the task to come up with a solution catered for the specific need. Upon completion, the projects would be presented to the organisations, hospitals or individuals. This was done on an annual basis.
In fact, SP CARE has been using this approach for over 20 years, and has delivered more than 200 of such customised solutions. Many have benefitted from SP CARE’s efforts. These not only includes the direct beneficiaries of the developed solutions, but also our students who had the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real life projects, and learn to be caring citizens. Through this, SP CARE has steadily built up good relationships with various welfare organisations, and a good brand. Over the years, we have regularly received requests to produce duplicates of our prototypes. However, since such solutions are typically customised by student teams, we were unable to meet the requests. It was such cases that led us to consider how we could scale up our efforts and our impact by another approach.
In 2013, SP CARE marked its 20th anniversary at a projects handing over ceremony. 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 Bishan Home. Read the news release or watch the video below.
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