e are guided by our advisory board comprising doctors, special educators and therapists, who help ensure that our strategic directions and our programmes are holistic and multi-disciplinary, and always relevant to the needs of our students and the needs of the special needs industry.
We are honoured to have on our advisory board two very distinguished gentlemen who have contributed significantly towards the community of people with special needs, including children and youths with autism and developmental delays.
Mr. John Ang
As a Senior Fellow, Mr. John Ang has been teaching at the Department of Social Work at the National University of Singapore for more than 30 years. Also, he has lectured at the University of Hawaii, Cornell University, New York and Xiamen University in China. He has taught all the core subjects in social work and is active in designing new ones such as social work and the media. He has a strong interest in child development, family life education and couple counselling as well as the field of disability, especially autism. He teaches, consults and publishes in these areas.
From 2005 to 2011, Mr. John Ang functioned as the Chief Executive Officer of the St. Andrew’s Autism Centre where he shaped the development of the service from its infancy. He has also provided the blueprint and overseen the development of an S$24-million purpose-built autism facility, which officially opened in 2011. He is the designated Development Consultant of the stable of community services of the Anglican Diocese of Singapore under the umbrella of the Singapore Anglican Community Services and the St. Andrew’s Mission Hospital.
Mr. John Ang has also served as President of the Singapore Association of Social Workers for 3 terms, and in the most recent term, has been instrumental in starting the process of discussion with the Government on the registration of social workers. At different times, he has been Board member of the National Council of Social Service, the Singapore Red Cross, National Library and the National Youth Council. He has provided service to many Government Ministries and Departments as well as to voluntary welfare organisations and grassroots bodies. He has served for 6 years as a Council Member of the North West Community Development Council and currently serves as Resource Person to the South West Community Development Council and is a member of its Community Care Local Network of which he is the Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Vulnerable Families. He is currently the President of a large successful multi-service voluntary welfare organization called Fei Yue Community Services. He chairs the Academic Review Board of the Seed Institute, formerly known as the Regional Training and Resource Centre in Early Childhood Care and Education for Asia (RTRC) – Wheelock College Diplomas in Early Childhood Education and Leadership and Preschool Education Leadership. Internationally, he has served on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), the International Council on Social Welfare, Asia Pacific region (ICSW Asia Pacific) and is currently the President of the International Federation of Social Workers for the Asia Pacific region.
John has been twice honoured by the Singapore Government for his service to the community.
Mr. Koh Guan Hoe
Preferring to work behind the scenes, little is known about Mr. Koh, despite his major contributions to the area of special education. His passionate involvement for more than a decade sees the growth and development of the Special Olympics movement, not just in Singapore, but also other Asian countries. Therefore, Mr. Koh’s experience is much sought after in the special education field.
Below is a summary of Mr. Koh’s professional history and his involvement in the Special Olympics.
Professional History :
- 1967 – 1986 : Special Education Teacher
- 1987 – 1992 : Founding Principal, Johor Bahru School for the Hearing Impaired
- 1994 – 1996 : Head, Arthur Road Training Centre
- 1997 – 2003 : Founding Principal, Delta Senior School
- 1997 – 1998 : Founding Head, APSN Centre For Adults
- 2000 – Present : Adviser, Kiwanis Sentosa Careheart Centre for the Intellectually Disabled
Special Olympics Involvement :
- Joined Special Olympics in 1995
- Became a Life Member in 2006
- Presently serving as an Executive Committee member
- Member of Fundraising committee
- Newsletter Editorial Board
- Past Honorary Treasurer for 3 terms<
- Team Manager of soccer team to Xi’an, China, in September 2002
- Head of Delegation of Singapore to the World Summer Games in Shanghai, China, from 28 September to 12 October 2007
- Delegate at 2 Asia Pacific Conferences in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia