Capability Development For Special Education

En Route to Inclusitivity: Working with Children with Disabilities in and through the Arts

About the Programme

NAC is pleased to announce that the course, “En Route to Inclusivity: Working with Children with Disabilities in and through the Arts” is now available for registration. This course aims to equip artists, arts instructors/educators with the competencies to engage and include children with disabilities in and through the arts. Artists and Arts Instructors/educators who successfully complete the course will fulfil the minimum pedagogical requirement to conduct NAC-AEP for children in Special Education schools.


This course will supersede the previous training course “Facilitating Arts Based Learning for Children with Special Needs” that was conducted by the Social Service Institute from 2013 to 2019.



Course Fees & Details



This programme is curated and contextualised for artists who work with persons with disabilities in the mainstream setting or special education schools.

Comprising three classroom workshops and one practicum module, artists will be equipped with competencies to facilitate arts-based learning for students with special needs.



Workshop / Practicum


Cost before Subsidy


Subsidised Rate*



 Understanding Children with Special Needs


Learn about the different types of disabilities, their characteristics, and how these impact children and their learning.


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20 & 27 Aug 2020


Deadline for registration is 23 July 2020

$500 per pax before GST

$50 per pax before GST

These virtual workshops, supported by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) through Social Service Institute (SSI), can be taken as standalone modules.


However, artists must complete Workshop 1 before attending the other two workshops.


Interacting and Working with Persons with Disabilities


Be equipped with the right strategies to engage, communicate, and interact with persons with disabilities. Analyse their behaviour and learn how to respond to them appropriately.


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10 & 17 Sep 2020


Deadline for registration is 6 Aug 2020.

$650per pax before GST

$65 per pax before GST


Adapting Programmes for Persons with Disabilities 


Bring your art education programmes or activities into this workshop and learn how to adapt your art-form specific lesson(s) using the Universal Design for Learning Framework for people with various disabilities.


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15 & 16 Oct 2020


Deadline for registration is 10 Sep 2020.

$650 per pax before GST

$65 per pax before GST


Practicum Module


$825 before GST

$247.50 before GST

This arts-contextualised practicum component, supported and subsidised by Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), provides opportunities for participants to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the workshops in a classroom setting. Only participants who have completed all three workshops will be eligible to register for the practicum module. There are 3 practicum sessions (2 hours per session) in total.


*Only participants who are Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible for the subsidised rate. Participants may also utilise SkillsFuture credits to defray the nett fees for the three full-day workshops.






Registration is currently open for Workshop 1 . The closing date for registration is 23 July 2020.

Registrations are not confirmed until they receive a confirmation email from SSI.

The programme and registration details of the workshops and practicum sessions can be found here:

How is this new programme different from the previous “Facilitating Arts Based Learning for Children with Special Needs” course?

i. Flexible learning  

This new model allows for artists and arts instructors/educators to plan and schedule their learning more effectively, allowing them flexibility in deciding their pace of learning and providing multiple entry and exit points.


ii. Improved Content  

Based on the feedback from past participants, course providers have updated the course content to better address the learning needs of the Special Education Sector. For example, the course content will now include the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, widely used by the Special Education sector both locally and internationally, to guide programme design.


iii. Recognition of knowledge and skills

A certificate from SSI will be awarded for each workshop completed in recognition of the knowledge and skills acquired. Rainbow Centre Training Centre (RCTC) will award a certificate upon completion of the Practicum Module.


iv. Subsidies

Only participants who are Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents will eligible for the advertised subsidised rate. Participants may also utilise SkillsFuture credits to defray the nett fees for the three full-day workshops.


v. Profile of trainers

The programme will be taught by experienced trainers from Rainbow Centre Training Centre.



Other Information

For further information about the courses, please contact the respective training partners:

For Workshops: Call: 6589 5555 Email:

For Practicum: Call: 6817 9419 / 6817 9420 Email:


More information on pedagogy training for artists, arts instructors/educators can be found at here.


The arts are an expression of ideas, feelings and experiences. The different art forms, theatre, dance, music, literary arts and visual arts encourage cognitive, behavioural and affective growth and development among students in Special Education (SPED). 



It is NAC’s vision that the arts will one day become an integral part of all SPED schools’ curriculum. In 2012, the NAC introduced the Artist-SPED School Partnership Programme to provide a unique opportunity for artists and SPED teachers to co-develop and co-teach arts-based lessons. A variety of media, and lessons were customised to the learning needs of students with diverse abilities and interests. As a result of this programme and the NAC Artist-in-School scheme, seven projects were selected to be included in this Visual Arts Toolkit for SPED Schools, catering to students of varied disability profiles.



This Visual Arts Toolkit contains a collection of unique and innovative projects jointly developed and implemented by Singapore-based artists working in close collaboration with SPED teachers to bring the teaching and learning of the Visual Arts into the SPED classroom. These projects give students the opportunities to express themselves through different modes, acquire social skills and cultivate their self-confidence. This contributes to their holistic development. By gathering these experiences into a toolkit, NAC hopes to inspire more SPED teachers to explore ways to introduce the visual arts into their classrooms, and engage students in appropriate, meaningful and successful artmaking. 



MOE-NAC Collaboration


The Ministry of Education (MOE) is a key partner in bringing the Visual Arts Toolkit to fruition.  The MOE considers the arts as an integral part of the SPED curriculum, one that contributes to a holistic development of SPED students. In the SPED Curriculum Framework (2012), the arts come under one of the six core Learning Domains to meet the desired Living, Learning and Working (LLW) outcomes of every student.