SCAS (10)

8 Feb

Introduction

Spastic Children Association of Singapore is a place specially catered to children with cerebral palsy. SCAS provide help to these children by equipping their staffs with certain skills and resources to meet the needs of CP kids. This association has provided help to the society by helping them and making them realize their full potential in life even with their condition. http://www.spastic.org.sg/profile/index.html

Analysis

The web presence is good. I searched on Google and typed ‘SCAS’, ‘Spastic Children Association’ or ‘Spastic Children’ the website is the first result that comes out on the first page. Therefore I can conclude the web presence is excellent. This is because to have a good web presence the website must be at least on the first page of the search results. This website is overall good and effective.

Google Search

Effectiveness of the website

The website has good navigation points. Easy to navigate and find sub links and other information. The examples is profile which gives information about SCAS such as their staffs, mission statement, and their financial information. Other important information is their point of contact which includes where their center is located, address and telephone number. The website has good and relevant information about SCAS, this can be seen on the index page on the side of the page there is information about cerebral palsy. Since SCAS deals with such situation people need to first know what the situation they are dealing with. They also provide good information on their mission and vision statement, history and their milestones.



Updated?

No from my analysis the website is not up to date. This is very obvious as it is seen in the index page. The upcoming events still includes 2010, and now it is the year 2011, the web owner has obviously not updated the page. I find that there would not be recent updates as the website is not occasionally being monitored or updated. This can be seen in the picture below

Lacks or none?

Overall I find the website useful as it provides efficient information about SCAS. It provides a variety of information such as theirs staffs, mission statement, history and the most important their point of contact. Their only lacking, the constant updates on the website.

Evaluation of similar website

The other website I have analyzed is http://www.autismsg.org/autism/index.html. This website is similar to SCAS website. They too have a good navigation; however their arrangement of information is different. Autism Association has their mission and vision on their index page. The one thing I like about AA website is that they have one page especially reserved to explain what autism is, this is what SCAS website truly lacked, as they only have one small portion explaining what cerebral palsy is. The overall website for this is excellent, the only improvement it needs is the design of the website, I feel the design is too plain.

Target Audience

I feel the targeted audience for this website are for people who keen to help these children with special needs these can be seen in the website as they have a section page labeled volunteers. In that page they mention that volunteers are important to them. The age group can range from 16 to working adults depending on whether they want to volunteer to help this association

The other targeted audiences are for parents with kids with special needs. As these website informs them what cerebral palsy is and informs them that this association is able to cater the needs the child needs.

Potential Collaboration

No I do not think there is potential collaboration of industry as I could not find SCAS talking about other industry they are working with, only their contributors.

Topics Chosen

26 Jan

Hey guys an update.

Topics Chosen are

Number 10, 13, 5

Final Year Project

14 Jan

APPENDIX: List of Non-Profitable Organisations in Singapore

 

 

1.     MILK (Mainly I Love Kids) Fund
Brief Overview :
MILK (Mainly I Love Kids) Fund is a charity organisation that was set up to reach out and help disadvantaged children and youth who “fall through the cracks” of our social safety net. These children and youth come from troubled or low-income families and impoverished communities, and are often caught in a downward cycle that their circumstances destine them to. We support them in their education, care and guidance, vocational and livelihood development, or other special needs so as to help them break out of the disadvantaged circumstances they were born into.
http://www.milk.org.sg

 

2.     Action for AIDS (Singapore)(AFA)
Brief Overview :
Action for AIDS is a caring non-government organisation committed to AIDS prevention advocacy and support. Our mission is to prevent transmission of HIV/AIDS through continuous education targeted at vulnerable groups; to advocate for access to affordable care and against HIV/AIDS discrimination; and to provide support for people with HIV/AIDS, care givers and volunteers.
http://www.afa.org.sg/

3.     Simei Care Centre
Brief Overview: A psychiatric rehabilitation centre. Psychiatric disability refers to a wide range of mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and many others. The mental illness may significantly impair the person’s performance in major life activities such as learning, thinking, communicating and sleeping, resulting in great disability. Psychiatric rehabilitation is the integration of social, educational, occupational, behavioral and cognitive interventions aimed at achieving long-term recovery and maximising the client’s self-efficacy.
http://www.sacsscc.org.sg/

 

4.     Alzheimer’s Disease Association(ADA)
Brief Overview :
The Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) was formed in 1990 as a result of growing concern for the needs of people with dementia and their families. ADA is a voluntary welfare organization and is made up of caregivers, professionals and all who are interested in dementia. It is a member of the National Council of Social Service and Alzheimer’s Disease International. Donations to the Association are tax-exempted.
http://www.alzheimers.org.sg/

 

 

5.     Childrens Aid Society
Residential care for children from dysfunctional families
http://www.childrensaidsociety.org.sg/

 

 

6.     Bizlink Centre Singapore Ltd
Employment Placement Centre for people with disabilities.
http://www.bizlink.org.sg/

 

 

7.     Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore(MINDS)
Brief Overview :
MINDS (Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore) is one of the oldest and largest non-governmental organisations catering to the educational, vocational, social and welfare needs of the Intellectually Disabled in Singapore.
http://www.minds.org.sg/

 

 

8.     Singapore Association For The Deaf(SADeaf)
Brief Overview :
The Singapore Association for the Deaf is a member of the National Council of Social Service/Community Chest of Singapore. It is also affiliated to the World Federation of the Deaf, Singapore Disability Sports Council and the Children’s Charities Association
http://www.sadeaf.org.sg/

 

 

9.     Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore)(MDAS)
Brief Overview :
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore), MDAS, is a self-help organisation formed in March 2000. It is committed to uplift the lives of people with Muscular Dystrophy.
http://www.mdas.org.sg

 

10.   Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore(SCAS)
Cerebral Palsy Centre
Brief Overview :
Provides special education, early intervention, rehabilitation services, day activity centre and sheltered employment for children and adults with cerebral palsy. “Cerebral Palsy” is an inclusive term used to describe a group of non-progressive disorders occurring in young children in which damage to the brain causes impairment of motor function. Cerebral Palsy is not curable.

www.spastic.org.sg

 

11.   Dyslexia Association of Singapore(DAS)
Brief Overview :
Our Mission Helping Dyslexic People Achieve Our Aims : To put quality first in delivering a comprehensive and effective professional service for dyslexic people on a not-for-profit basis. To provide a specialist assessment service for children suspected of being dyslexic or having learning difficulties. To provide an effective teaching service for dyslexic children. To raise public and professional awareness of the nature and incidence of dyslexia To enable others (teachers, parents and professionals) to help dyslexic individuals through the development of training programmes. To assist and elicit support for people with dyslexia and their families To promote and carry out local research into dyslexia and to disseminate the results To network with other organizations in Singapore, the region and throughout the world. Our Goal To build a world class organization dedicated to helping dyslexic people in Singapore and reaching out to South East Asia.
http://www.das.org.sg/

 

12. Autism Association (Singapore)(AA(S))

Brief Overview : The Autism Association (Singapore) was set up through the initiative of a group of parents in August 1992 with the Registry of Societies. On 28 January 1995, it became a charity organization under the Charities Act, Singapore. In July 1997, the Association was admitted as an affiliate of the National Council of Social Services. It was granted Institute of Public Character (IPC) status, whereby any donation to the Association is tax-deductible.

http://www.autismsg.org/autism/index.html

 

13.   Singapore Cancer Society
Brief Overview :
Established in 1964, Singapore Cancer Society is a self-funding voluntary welfare organization with a mission to prevent and control cancer, and to enhance the health and quality of life of the community through education, screening and patient care services. We have since assumed a leading role in the promotion of cancer prevention and control through education and screening.Today, our services have extended to include looking after the special needs of cancer patients and their families.

http://www.singaporecancersociety.org.sg/

 

14.   Children’s Cancer Foundation(CCF)
Brief Overview :
CCF has helped more than 1,100 children and their families since its inception in 1992. CCF is an independent VWO that helps children with cancer 18 years & below. CCF has 2 Family Support Centres (FSCs) where counselling and other related activities take place. The FSCs are at KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital and at National University Hospital.

http://ccf.org.sg/

15.   Club Rainbow (Singapore)(CRS)
Brief Overview : Club Rainbow (Singapore) (CRS) is an independent, charitable, non-profit organisation that acts as an umbrella body to help families of children suffering from various forms of major chronic & life-threatening illnesses.

http://www.clubrainbow.org

 

16. HCA Hospice Care(HCA)

Brief Overview : HCA Hospice Care (HCA) provides hospice care to patients through its Home Care Service and its Day Care Centre. We also run caregivers support and training programmes, student education programmes and set up satellite centres in the heartland.

http://www.hca.org.sg

 

 

17.   Down Syndrome Association (Singapore)(DSA)
Brief Overview :
Down Syndrome Association (Singapore) is a self-funding, non-profit organisation serving individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Our aim is to support and educate professionals, families, and the public about Down syndrome. We are dedicated to providing for a richer and more meaningful life for all people with Down syndrome, and their families.

http://www.downsyndrome-singapore.org

 

18.   Singapore Association for Mental Health(SAMH)
Brief Overview :
The Singapore Association for Mental Health is a voluntary welfare organisation (non-government and non-profit organisation), which seeks to promote the social and mental well-being of the people of Singapore. More specifically, the organisation aims to promote mental health, prevent mental illness, improve the care and rehabilitation of the mentally ill and the emotionally disturbed, and to reduce the misconception and social stigma that surround mental illness.

http://www.samhealth.org.sg

 

 

19. Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped(SAVH)

Brief Overview : The Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH), formerly known as the Singapore Association for the Blind (SAB), is a voluntary welfare organisation, founded in 1951. The association is affiliated to the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and is supported by the Community Chest of Singapore.
http://www.savh.org.sg

20. National Addictions Management Service (NAMS)
Brief Overview : NAMS treats problem gambling and other behavioural addictions (internet, gaming, etc), and substance addictions (alcohol and drugs).
http://www.camp.org.sg

21. National Council Against Drug Abuse (NCADA)

Brief Overview : The National Council Against Drug Abuse (NCADA) was set up in January 95 in response to the need for a national think-tank and as well as an umbrella body on anti-drug strategies and programmes. Voluntary welfare organisations will be asked to do more and take on responsibility and ownership of various aspects of the overall fight against drugs. Everyone in the community has a role to play and an obligation to fight drug abuse.

http://www.drugfree.org.sg/

 

22.   Credit Counselling Singapore(CCS)
Brief Overview :
Bankruptcy rates in Singapore are escalating. Civil court actions on consumer credit claims are also hitting record levels. The bad debts on credit and charge cards written off by banks in 2002 have quadrupled since 1997. These statistics disclose a growing social problem. Over-indebtedness if left unattended can ruin individuals and families. It is the responsibility of every debtor in trouble to seek help – for his own sake and for the sake of his family and dependants. If you are a debtor who has lost control over your financial situation, or if you know someone in that position, you can approach CCS for help. We are a non-profit organisation committed to help debtors conquer the problem of chronic and over-indebtedness.

http://www.ccs.org.sg/

 

23.   Kidney Dialysis Foundation (KDF)
Brief Overview :
The Kidney Dialysis Foundation (KDF) is a non-profit charitable organization which provides subsidized dialysis treatment to needy members of our community so that these patients will not be deprived of treatment due to financial difficulties. KDF is not affiliated to any other kidney organization in Singapore. To date, KDF has served over 519 patients of which 53 have undergone successful kidney transplantation

http://www.kdf.org.sg/

Related Links:

a. National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC)
http://www.nvpc.org.sg

b. National Council of Social Services

http://ncss.org.sg/home/index.asp

c. Ministry of Community Development and Sports
http://app.mcys.gov.sg/web/serv_dss_searchmain.asp

d. Community Development Council
http://www.cdc.org.sg/

 

 

 

 

Sample Case Study:

Who is National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG)? What do they do? How can they help?

http://www.ncpg.org.sg/sec_about.html
http://www.ncpg.org.sg/

 

 



History Extravagant

11 Jan

Field Trip To History

My field trip to the Asian Culture Museum was definitely a good experience. Since I have never learned the cultures of Asia I only have a vague idea of how Asia culture or history is like. However the visit to the museum has definitely made things much clearer than before. My 2 favorite exhibit was the China exhibit and the Congo River: Arts of Central Africa.

There are a few reasons on why the China exhibit was one of my favorite, partly because my ancestors are from China. The content for this exhibit is displayed uniquely. When you first walk into this exhibit one of the first few things you see is the robe of which kings of China used to wear. They showed the different materials behind the glass display, when I first saw the clothes I thought there were only very few, however I noticed a handle and I pulled it. Realizing there are actually more different designs in the drawer itself. In order to see more we had to pull a drawer. They had a few of these around the China exhibit, one of the which caught my attention was the ceramic section, when you opened the drawer they had a few display of the ancient ceramic. This was different because you could feel the different chipped ceramic parts. There was one more section of the exhibit, displaying the different types of tea found in China. The teas are placed in containers with a lid on top, by removing the lid, one could smell the scent of the various types of tea. The overall experience  is excellent as they had many ways for users to interact with certain elements of the exhibit. The interaction makes the people to be more interested in the exhibit and also make the exhibit less boring.

The other exhibit is the Congo River: Arts of Central Africa. This was my favorite as I am currently interested in different types of art. Unlike the China exhibit, this exhibit displayed most of the elements one by one. Meaning they displayed one element in one glass display case. This exhibit had many mask or small sculptures. They had this mini section, where there were faces on one side of the oval and the other side is the information of the face. The face or the shape is rotatable, so one does not need to walk one round around the face in order for him/her to find out about the information. They had many glass display cases for this exhibit as there were many different sculptures or art. This gives the impression that every single piece of element in this exhibit is of an importance.

The 2 New media Tools that I noticed that the museum uses is a digital tour guide, and an interactive board found in the Congo River exhibit.

The digital tour guide is basically a person on a touch screen. I call it a digital tour guide, is because the person on the screen explains either the exhibit, history of China, or how some stuffs are being made. To start this media, the user first has to touch the screen, where it will respond by giving a few instructions. Next, the screen flashes several options the users are interested in. Clicking on the various options the screen will be further elaborated. The interactive media helps enhance the user’s experience by providing open options for the user to navigate where he or she wants to go. The visitor will have the choice of whether he or she wants to listen to the explanation in the first place, stop halfway, or listen all the way, which cannot be achieved by a real life tour guide where the visitor will have to listen all the way whether or not he or she likes it. This helps the user to be less confused and more aware of what they are expecting to see or happen.

The other interactive media is the interactive board. This board consist of different shapes and designs of faces. By taking any of the shapes and placing it at a certain area of the board, text and pictures will appear beside the shape. The text and pictures are actually information about the certain shape. Also if you place the 2 shapes together, the two faces will start talking to each other, using words displayed on the board itself. This enhances the user’s experience; by making them use their motor skills the user is more aware of its surrounds. Rather than just looking at the various artifacts and reading, the user should be keener into experimenting with this interactive station.

Last but not least, I feel that since there are many elements of the exhibit. I think one way to improve the way the current content is being displayed in different exhibit is to have 3-D digital models of the different artifacts or elements. This could be placed in one part of the exhibition whereby the user can view the different elements in a 3-D model in digital form. Other features could include maybe rotating the 3-D model or zooming into the 3-D model, and with a click of a button it goes on to another model. While viewing the selected model maybe information about the model will be displayed on another screen just right beside the 3-D model. This could maybe enhance the user’s visiting experience by enabling the user to feel that he is much closer to the object or interacting with the object. This protects the original pieces of elements in the exhibit too, as users can chose to interact with the 3-D model and view it, or just simple view the original piece.

Congo River: Central Art Pictures

11 Jan

History Extravagant China Exhibit

10 Jan

China Exhibit

How the internet is changing the English language and the ways we speak!

10 Nov

The article that I have chosen for my project is how the internet has changed our modern English language in the world. It is currently a new media trend that is constantly happening since the internet was launched to the open world in the year 1990.

I chose this article because I feel that the modern English of the world is concurrently evolving however there are no significant changes to grammar patterns or verb endings. I am curious to find out more on how the internet has impacted the world’s modern English through the years.

In this article, there are three main points which caught my attention. Firstly, it was how the article reported the first major change in the modern English which happened in the 15th century due to the influence of technology. Secondly, it was how the internet which massively influenced the way we speak and write. And finally, how internet technology has brought us so much diversity such as marketing and the social network worldwide.

In the 15th century  an invention was created by Johann Gutenberg’s that made mass printing of books inexpensive due to the movable type press he created in the year 1440. This caused a revolution of how information is now being communicated into the world. Before Johann Gutenberg’s invention, The way the world transmitted information was almost the same as the 15th century by putting information into books, however their method was more tedious as they had to hand copy the books. This was usually done in monasteries done by the scribes. In the past it would take at least a year to have a copy of another book such as a bible for example, but due to the Johann Gutenberg invention it would take a year to have several copies of a book. This means books are not limited as they used to be in the 14th century and before, as it takes much faster to get several copies of a book within a year.

When I read this article one of the points it said that the internet has changed the way we speak and write our English. Such as the new groovy words that was created in the internet was “lol” (laugh out loud), “rofl” (rolling on floor laughing) and even crude words were created in the internet. Another way I felt is that the internet has affected the way we communicate or speak our English now. In the olden days people would use letters to converse which would take just about a week or so just to get a reply from the other party. coupled with the internet, emailing was created as well. with just a click of a button we would be able to send information to the other party almost instantly. The internet also has instant messaging by which people communicate in real time and there is also the creation of web-cam whereby we can communicate through video in real time too.

The internet has indeed brought many diversities into the world such as instant messaging, online marketing, blogging, emailing, and even virtual games. In the olden days when people did marketing or advertising, they would usually advertise their products on televisions or on newspapers. However in this century, the internet has evolved in such a way that companies even advertise their products online. Some examples can be found on blogger where people are selling various items. Another example is on social media networks where companies advertise their market on social media networks. The price of advertising through the social media network can impact twice the amount of customers and the cost can be halved. The internet has evolved in such a way that it has brought the world together, as communication is convenient. People from the states could easily communicate with someone in real time. As stated in paragraph 4, letters have now evolved to e-mails. The internet has also brought about many virtual games that allow users to interact simultaneously online. The few popular games are “World of Warcraft”, “Maple Story” and “Second life.”

In my conclusion of the above key points is that indeed the internet has affected our society positively and changed the way we speak and write English However, there is one question that have been frequently discussed worldwide; “has the internet affected the world negatively?”
There are two answers to this question, yes or no. The question is, which side does it affect more?

Our Social and Economic world are the 2 areas whereby I researched on where the internet has drastically impacted.

For our economic world the internet has affected our world in such a way it is now easier to market one’s product worldwide this is due to the internet as everyone is constantly connecting too or connected to each other. People are now able to sell their products or even buy products with just a click of a button, all it takes is just the internet. An example of this can be found on certain websites such as “eBay.” The internet has indeed brought the world into a global market. A way to a successful business is to have communication and that can be easily achieved through social media networks, such as “twitter”, “facebook” and even “friendster.” By being able to advertise ones product on these networks it would be able to affect quite a percentage of the world’s population with less than half the original cost to advertise on newspaper or the television. However I thought of one factor that could be a negative impact is that some of the advertising industries may be affected due to the internet. Since most companies invest their advertisements more on the internet nowadays, the paper and television advertisements income will be affected due to this reason. By that some advertisement companies GDP would go down and maybe some going bankrupt.

However through all these positive impact onto the economic world the internet also has it setbacks. Yes the internet has indeed brought us many varieties and diversities into the world, but it has also brough in piracy. Piracy is indeed a crime in the world, which is distributing of video or audio products without a license which makes it illegal. One of the many things that people do is download music online illegally. It is one of the biggest issue that is hardest to solve as almost everywhere of the internet provides video and audio to download. Even before the movie is screened in a country it may have already appeared in the internet for other users to download or even before a music is distributed to a country people have downloaded it from the internet. This causes a major loss in the music and video industry

Our social lives have been improved due to the internet. One example is our instant online messaging, chat rooms and other types of mass communication. This new inventions in the internet let others interact with new people or their family members. Mentioned earlier, people are able to talk to others from one side of the world to the other, and their are even able to use web-cams just so that we can stay in touch. The invention of emails also drastically improved the way we send letters nowadays, as an email would almost be instantaneous while a letters would probably take 1 to 2 weeks just to be delivered. The internet has also helped others understand other cultures in the world which makes them more aware of their surroundings. Many improvements have been made for our social life due to the internet as people are free to express their thoughts such at blogs, and facebook.

However not all of these are effective but rather dangerous if one is not careful. Such examples are people chatting to anonymous people in chat room or adding anonymous people to their account. Sometimes the person may not be who she/he describes she/he is in actual. There are many cases in the world whereby a young teen starts talking to a stranger online. Gradually the teen starts to trust the stranger and starts talking about their personal life or give their personal information. In some cases the stranger may find the teen and sexually abuse the teen such examples can be found on this website: http://socyberty.com/society/how-the-internet-has-changed-the-world/
A 16 year old Carthage girl was having an online relationship with a Woolwich man, however this doesn’t stop other teenagers from having online relationships.

In my conclusion, internet has indeed made a positive impact into our society, but it has also its negative impacts in our society. How much more can the internet positively changed the world and how much damage can it cause in the future. Maybe twenty years down the road we could expect something different from the internet, it could cause anarchy, or maybe it could bring peace. Many do not know

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Some information grabbed from certain websites are
http://socyberty.com/society/how-the-internet-has-changed-the-world/
http://savvycitizens.bcs.org/communication/how-the-internet-is-changing-the-english-language-and-the-ways-we-speak#more-1895

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