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Certis Relaunches Breaking Barriers Program to Support People with Disabilities in Singapore

Around 50 Certis employees are expected to take part in this 3.0 initiative, where they will guide people with disabilities through a series of daily activities.

Security organization Certis reaffirmed its support for Breaking Barriers – its corporate social responsibility program developed in partnership with Singapore-based charity SPD – for the third consecutive year, calling the initiative “Breaking Barriers 3.0″.

This edition aims to strengthen efforts to include and integrate people with disabilities (PwDs) into society by creating opportunities for them to learn and practice community living skills. Comprising a range of learning, leisure and engagement activities, the program also aims to encourage the participation of people with disabilities in public spaces such as libraries and supermarkets, and to raise awareness about disability.

Some 50 Certis employees are expected to take part in this initiative, where they will befriend people with disabilities and guide them through a series of daily activities.

At the same time, Certis will donate S$30,000 to the SPD to support this program, which started on October 18, 2022 at the Clementi Library where Certis employees spent the morning borrowing books and reading with the SPD beneficiaries, followed by lunch.

Director General and Human Resources of Certis, Tan Toi Chiasaid, “Breaking Barriers 3.0 reinforces Certis’ efforts to positively impact the lives of people with disabilities and to build a more inclusive society for all.

“We are excited to create opportunities for deeper, more personal interaction between our employees and our beneficiaries. We are excited to continue our partnership with SPD through this program, so that the community can support more confident lives and independent for people with disabilities.

SPD Chairman and CEO Abhimanyau Pal added: “We are grateful to Certis for their unwavering commitment to creating an inclusive society that supports people with disabilities.

“Through Breaking Barriers 3.0, people with moderate disabilities would be able to practice community living skills in the natural environment and become aware of their surroundings and move independently and safely through community spaces. This, in turn, would empower people with disabilities to be independent and live with dignity in the community.”

Since 2020, the Breaking Barriers program has engaged people with disabilities in multiple activities. During these two years, despite the difficulties caused by COVID-19, Certis has supported employment and upskilling initiatives, as well as organized activities such as virtual fitness training for beneficiaries. A total of 245 people with disabilities benefited from the last two Breaking Barriers programs in 2020 and 2021.

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