More Help Arrives for People with Autism
The beginning of 2016 has been an eventful time for the relationship between Dow Singapore and Autism Association Singapore.
The Association officially opened a second Eden Centre for Adults on Jan. 7, doubling its ability to provide health and fitness, daily living skills, community living skills, vocational skills, and leisure and recreation skills to adults living with autism. The first such center, opened in 2011, continues to provide these crucial day-care services. The Association has identified about 19,000 adults with autism in Singapore.
At the opening ceremony, Dow was highlighted as one of five key sponsors that contributed to making the Center possible. The Association has been a designated recipient of Dow support for several years, benefitting from focused financial and volunteer contributions.
At roughly the same time, children returned for a new year at a nearby Eden Children’s Centre to find the walls bathed in baby blue paint, the result of a day-long volunteer effort. In a joint collaboration with a valued Dow customer, more than 30 Dow and Nippon Paint employees painted the Children’s Center using the new VirusGuard premium anti-viral paint. Developed by Nippon Paint with special binders from Dow, the paint has been shown to be effective against the spread of communicable diseases that are a great concern in areas where children gather. After a briefing by Nippon Paint’s safety officer, the volunteers spent four hours repainting the Center.
It was the second such effort in a matter of several months. In June, 50 volunteers from the two companies painted a different center for autistic children in Singapore.
The commitment to community well-being continued in February, when 10 Dow employees volunteered at the Eden Centre as art facilitators, helping 26 children ages 3 to 7 express themselves in ways designed to engage sensory activity and stimulate interaction with unfamiliar people.
“At Dow, we've not only helped create awareness of autism among our people and partners, but have also taken practical actions,” said Suiniaty Basirun, Country Manager for Dow in Singapore. “We believe in rallying everyone around us to do the same, including stakeholders such as customers, business partners and employees.”