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Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA), founded in 1969 by a group of 23 persons to promote self-help and provide mutual support among the disabled in Singapore, is an organisation run by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities. It was first registered as the Singapore Handicaps Friendship Club. It later became known as Singapore Association for the Disabled in 1975. In 1976, it adopted the present name – Handicaps Welfare Association.

HWA has come a long way from a very modest beginning to what it is today. In the early years, our activities were confined to mere social gatherings. There was no office premises or staff to speak of. Meetings were held in a church library and HWA leaders had to contribute towards the purchase of refreshments. Our Association has since grown to a large and respected organisation with 2,023 members as of 30 April 2015, most of whom are physically-disabled. HWA, occupying an old school building at Whampoa Drive, now has proper offices and other facilities. The Association has a full-time staff of 92 people.

Since 1969, HWA has progressed beyond the traditional areas of social and recreational activities. It has expanded and developed its range of services and taken on various innovative projects to meet the increasing and changing needs of its members.


An organization committed to enhance the quality of life of people with physical disabilities and integrate them into mainstream society,


To foster friendship, understanding and mutual assistance among its members.

To promote the welfare, education, training, rehabilitation, employment and other interests of its members.

To enhance educational opportunities through bursaries, scholarships, grants, subsidies and exchange programs.

To obtain necessary benefits and concessions for people with disabilities.

To raise funds from the public and to administer donations, gifts or bequests from any person, body or organisation to promote the independence and quality of life of members.

To create among the community and government an awareness of the special needs of people with disabilities and solicit their cooperation and assistance in furtherance of the objectives of the Association.


Transportation Services

Transport Specially for People with Disabilities

Our special needs transportation schemes deploy a fleet of wheelchair-accessible vans/buses. These specially adapted vehicles provide ready transportation for our clients with mobility-related disabilities, enabling them to commute to and from work, school, vocational training, hospital/rehabilitation visits and/or recreational activities.

Upholding the belief that our fellow community members with disabilities should not be denied transportation opportunities, we introduced our dedicated transport services in 1980. These purpose-built vehicles, equipped with hydraulic lifts, have helped to fill the gap in transportation for the physically challenged, allowing them access to an affordable and reliable transportation means.

The following are our transport services:

  • Dial-A-Ride
  • Monthly Transport Scheme
  • Medical Escort Transport Services
  • Rehab Transport
  • AIC Centralised Transport
  • MSF Dedicated Transport
  • Chartered Services
  • Driving Instruction Scheme
  • Sale of Assistive Gadget for Drivers with Disabilites
  • Handicare Cab Scheme

Rehabilitation Services

HWA operates two rehabilitation centres, one at Whampoa drive and the other at Jurong Point Shopping Centre. We aim to cater to both adults and elderly Singaporeans with physical disabilities, particularly those residing at these locations. In helping our clients to optimise their rehabilitation potential, we hope to better enhance the quality of their lives, and integrate them into mainstream society.

Both centres deploy a fleet of wheelchair-accessible vehicles. These specially adapted vehicles provide ready transportation for our clients with mobility-related disabilities, enabling them and their caregivers to commute to and from our centres for their therapy sessions.

Services offered:

Our centres provide the following rehabilitation services:-

  • Physical rehabilitation programmes for clients to improve and maintain their physical and functional status;
  • Training on independent living skills, to enable clients to become less dependent on their caregivers;
  • Training for caregivers on safe handling and proper transfer of clients, and on prevention of complications;
  • Training on community mobility and exploration;
  • Consultation and advice on purchase and proper use of assistive devices;
  • Engagement of clients in social, recreational and community activities;
  • Wheelchair handling training for volunteers.

Home Care Services

Since April 2015, what we used to offer as Personal Care Services, have become expanded into our present Home Care Services. Now known as Home Care Services (HCS), we are dedicated to improving the quality of life of elderly citizens and people with disabilities. Our services are aimed at assisting our clients in attaining maximum independence , within the context of our values-based culture.


We aim to provide our clients with care and support if they cannot fully look after themselves, in their own homes, at times that are convenient to them, and in ways they find comfortable – for as long as possible. Among our goals are to help the client better attain:

  • quality of life;
  • having choice and control;
  • personal dignity and respect;
  • improved health and emotional wellbeing;
  • freedom from discrimination and harassment; and
  • economic wellbeing

We strive to ensure that the client’s ready need for assistance with medical, nursing, preventive and/or rehabilitative support is fulfilled.

Key Features:-

Under our programme, eligible clients can undergo home-based health care, case management  , medication management, counselling, therapy, personal and social care, transportation and/or other community based integration services.

Our nurses conduct a comprehensive assessment of each potential client to determine and plan services needed to address the individual’s specific health and psychosocial needs.

We help the elderly and adults with physical disabilities to remain living at their respective homes, while providing them with affordable nursing care, which can include long-term basic domestic care. We also incorporate, where apt, mentally stimulating activities, apart from medication reminders as well as assistance with ensuring personal care and hygiene, to better enrich the client’s lifestyle.

Our scope of services pertains  to the following (click to find out more);

  • Home Medical
  • Home Nursing
  • Home Therapy
  • Senior Home Care
  • Home Medical

Social Services

The Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA) is established in 1969 with a mission to enhance the quality of life of people with physical disabilities and to integrate them into the mainstream society. Members of HWA are encouraged to live their lives to their fullest potentials and to engage in whatever activities possible.

However, HWA recognizes that there are members who have difficulties meeting subsistence level of living and getting the necessary equipment for their independent living. HWA’s intention is not to give handouts but to help its members to be self-reliant and cope with their lives in times of difficulties. Therefore, direct financial assistance is not given to members.

Assistance is rendered to assist members who qualify for various assistance schemes and services. HWA also collaborates with other social service professionals from other voluntary welfare organisations and family service centres, and government agencies like community hospitals, nursing homes and Ministry
of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) in order to meet the increasing complexity and needs of individuals, couples and families who seek our services and enhance the effectiveness of our programmes and services.

Services provided for members include:

  • Information and Referral of Community Resources
  • Case Management and Counselling Service
  • Befriender/Befriendee Service
  • Food Assistance Scheme
  • Mobility Aids Loan Scheme
  • Free Medical Consultation Service
  • Membership
  • Social Integration


  • Activities Onsite
  • Aging in Place
  • Complimentary Transportation
  • Day Care
  • Doctor on Call
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Nurses on Staff

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