It was indeed an inspiring journey for Chun Seng who graduated from Eden School in December last year, and his mum Mdm Chan Mee Fong; the first parent-child pair selected to pilot the new 'Noodles for Good' initiative.
Launched by Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) with the Autism Resource Centre (ARC) and Si Chuan Dou Hua restaurant on Tuesday, this is part of a micro-business series called "Business for Good", which provides business opportunities to special needs families.
Said Ms Denise Phua, mayor of Central Singapore district: "Some special needs individuals are unable to enter the workforce on their own. They typically have to be taken care of by family members, who are in turn unable to be employed due to the nature of being a caregiver."
Central Singapore CDC plans to expand the Business for Good initiative to 50 kiosks offering a variety of cuisines in the next three years. There are also plans to reach out to more community partners, such as schools, where human traffic is high, and corporate partners to provide their expertise.
Family pairs are selected under ARC's Employability and Employment Centre programme, with a structured process of assessment, training, job support and placement. ARC job coaches train parent/guardian and child before the trainees operate on their own.