A collaboration between SNEC and SPD, the STAAR (Smart Technology Active Ageing Resource) Corner is set up at SNEC to provide trial and loan of Assistive Technology (AT) devices to individuals with visual impairment to take home and to be used in their daily lives. The STAAR Corner, located at SNEC Level 3 (via Lobby C), is the first of its kind offered in a healthcare institution. Watch this introductory video to find out more:
SNEC patients can borrow AT devices — from high-definition handheld and desktop video magnifiers to talking scientific calculators, Braille touchscreen tablets with removable keyboards, and more. View the full range of devices:
For more information on AT, the following webinar is a useful resource for patients with low vision, their caregivers and the public. Find useful tips and insights by our partners (EduKinect, Engineering Good, Guide Dogs Singapore, iC2 Prephouse Limited, Mandarin Opto-Medic Pte Ltd, SAVH, SPD and TRIGEN) about accessing various technology and training to improve the quality of life of the visually impaired.
Who is eligible for loan services?
Loan services will be extended to those who meet all the following criteria:
What is the process of loaning the devices?
Can non residents who are existing SNEC patients loan the devices to take home?
No. However, non-residents can still loan the devices for a trial during their low vision assessment appointment.
What is the maximum loan duration?
What are the fees?
Loaning of the devices is free if the devices are returned in good order before the due date. However, a late charge of $20 per week will be imposed up to a maximum of 3 months from date of loan. Stipulated charges (amount will be advised before device loan) will be imposed on the patient for failure to return the devices after 3 months.
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