June Tham

Mrs June Tham-Toh Syn Yuen has been a part of a generation in the evolution and development of the special needs landscape in Singapore for more than three decades. Graduated with a Master in Education and attended specialised training on early intervention and autism in US and Trainer’s course on Outcome Management, June was the former Executive Director of Rainbow Centre Singapore till 2014. She has extensive experience in the special needs sector in the governance and provision of early intervention and special education for children with special needs. She played a significant role in the visionary formation of Rainbow Centre, and was instrumental in setting a benchmark for purpose-built facilities for early intervention and special education programmes. A firm believer for professional development and support for caregivers, she established a training and consultancy arm in Rainbow Centre to promote awareness and professional competency in the sector for caregivers and professionals in early childhood and special education.

In 2008, June was awarded the inaugural Singapore Totalisator Board overseas scholarship to attend the ‘Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management’ at the Harvard Business School in Boston, USA. For her contribution as a Panel Advisor to the Youth & Family Court, she received the ‘Friend of Ministry of Community, Youth and Sports (MCYS) 2008 Award’. In 2015, she was accorded recognition as a Pioneer Special Education Principal by the Ministry of Education for her contributions to the development of special education in Singapore. In 2016, June received the Social Service Fellowship Award from the Ministry of Social & Family Development for her contributions to the sector. She had also served on various committees related to special needs, and a speaker at local and regional platforms.

To promote awareness, June co-authored and co-edited three editions of ‘Rainbow Dreams’, a publication covering the development of special Education in Singapore, symptoms, special conditions, treatment programmes and coping and adjustment issues on special needs, and a children’s picture book, ‘Kevin’s World’ on autism.

June is now an Associate Trainer and Consultant sharing her insights and extensive experiences with the hope to inspire present and future generations of leaders and professionals in the social service sector. She is also a Social Service Fellow and also serves on the Advisory Panel for Compulsory Education for children with special needs. She is still active as a Panel Advisor with the Youth & Family Court, Board of Visitors with the Public Guardian and in the Committee for Foster Parents.

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