Updated: 03/13/2014 21:53

EIPIC to reach out to more

EIPIC to reach out to more

The Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children, or EIPIC for short, will get a 74 per cent boost in funding to $32 million a year. 

Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development Low Yen Ling said this at the Committee of Supply debate. 

EIPIC was introduced in 2003 to provide developmental and therapy services for children with moderate and severe disabilities. 

MSF will, from October, raise the universal subsidy for EIPIC to 500 dollars, two hundred dollars more than the current subsidy. 

Every Singaporean child attending programmes at EIPIC centres will get this subsidy. 

The per capita income eligibility level will be doubled to three thousand dollars. 

Some 80 per cent of those in EIPIC will get subsidies, compared to only half today. 

Quantum of subsidies will also be increased. 

Families will pay less in out-of-pocket expenses for EIPIC. 

"Early intervention is crucial for preschoolers with learning needs. These changes improve the accessibility and affordability of early intervention services by catching those who may fall through the cracks."

Separately, persons with disabilities will get more help with transport costs. 

They will enjoy 25 per cent off travel on public transport from July. 

Subsidies of up to 80 per cent will also be provided for users of dedicated transport such as buses and vans that ferry them to EIPIC or Special Education Schools, day activity centres and sheltered workshops. 

MSF will introduce taxi subsidies for those who are working or schooling but are unable to take public or dedicated transport. 

These three new transport subsidies will benefit more than 50,000 persons with disabilities.

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