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Company SSM No PPM-019-07-05052000 · 1-50 Employees · Social Services / NGO


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About The Association of Resource and Education for Autistic Children

The formation of the Lions Resource Centre for Autistic Children in Penang was spearheaded by the good work and efforts put in by Mrs Diana E. Khoo, who was then the Regional Training Officer for Far East Region Cheshire Homes. In January 1987, two volunteer speakers from South Australia, Wendy Anderson and Barbara Long, arrived in Penang to conduct a 5 - day workshop entitled “Children with Autism’. Shortly after the workshop, a meeting among parents, members of the Lions Clubs, doctors and interested members of the public bore fruit when a programme for autistic children was launched in the same year. We started humbly from a room at the Cheshire Home and then moved to the main hall of a house in 515-E Jalan Hashim , Tanjong Bungah. A fund raising event was held by the Region One Lions and Lioness Clubs in November 1987 to raise funds for the Centre. Under the leadership of District Governor 308B, Lion Ong Tat Lien, the centre was adopted as a District Project for 5 years. The Lions Resource Centre for Autistic Children was officially launched in February 1988 by the Lions Club International President Brian Stevenson at Shangri-La Inn Penang (now known as Traders Hotel). The District then appointed Lion Lim Eng Chye as the Chairman of the Centre. Thereafter, the Centre was placed under the responsibility of the Lions Club of Georgetown Central and in recent years, the Lions Club of Tanjung Penang. In 1989, Lion Lim Eng Chye wrote to Past-District Governor Dennis Weatherall of District 201N2 for assistance. In November that year, two Lions from the Lions Club of Georgetown Mutiara, Lion Sue See and Lion Maggie Khoo volunteered to visit Sydney to study autism with the Autistic Association of New South Wales. Their study included visits to the Association’s centres, meetings with the teachers and training sessions at those centres. Upon their return, the core committee worked hard to establish the structure of the Centre and the teaching- learning programmes. Most of the teaching-learning programmes took place on weekends with the assistance of dedicated volunteers. Lion Lindsay Payne of Australia played an important role in obtaining manuals and video- tapes on autism to set up our library of resources. Upon his visit to the Centre in 1990, he found excellent progress made despite the limited professional knowledge and resources available. His recommendations to the 201N2 Cabinet resulted in Jacqueline Roberts, a speech pathologist and principal of the Vern Burnett School visiting our Centre to conduct assessments, training and sharing her teaching methods for the autistic children. From time to time, we were privileged to have many professionals and experts in the field of autism conducting training for volunteers, teachers and parents in the Centre. Dato’ Prof Dr See Ching Mey, former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Industry and Community from Universiti Sains Malaysia is an active social worker and strong advocate for children with special needs who has provided services in those areas as voluntary basis. Dato’ Prof Dr See has been the volunteer principal at Lions REACh since 1989 and she is the founder of all the curriculas in the centre. She develops, plans, coordinates and reviews all the curriculas and modules of the centre. In 2000, we registered with the Registrar of Societies as “Association of Resource and Education for Autistic Children”. Since then, we operate as an independent organization. Our centre is now located in a residential area in Bukit Gelugor. We have come a long way from a humble beginning filled with obstacles to our present status. In July 1998, we started a branch in Butterworth under the chairmanship of Lion Choo Beng Chin to meet the increasing needs of the Northern Region in Malaysia. Due to the increasing number of children, we have purchased another building at 279 Jalan Pekeliling, *1700 Penang. The administration office and all programmes were moved to the new centre by May 2013. The facilities of the Centre now include an office and library, a computer room, a Neuro-Feedback room, woodwork and recycling corner, a classroom and a spacious hall to conduct group programmes. Now we have altogether 23 programmes and nine services. Our individual programmes include Teaching Learning, Computer Assisted Learning (Learning Box and Apps), Neurofeedback Therapy and Hydrotherapy. Our group programmes include Family Group Programme, Music & Movement Programme, Pre-Vocational & Vocational Training, Sensory Integration Programme, Play Group Therapy, Snoezelen Programme, Storytelling Programme, Art & Creativity Stimulation, Occupational Therapy, Lions OptiMusic Programme, Pottery Class, Traverse Wall Training, Community Living Camp, Virtual Reality Programme, Recreation & Sports, Robotics Programme, New Norms Learning, Culinary & Baking Training and LCIF Autism Kiosk. The nine services include Parent Support Group, Respite Care, Diagnostic and Developmental Assessments, Consultation and Counseling Services, Buddy System, Training, Resources (Library), Awareness Campaigns and Research and Publication. To date, we have assessed about 800 children and from the initial enrolment of only 8, we currently have around 60 children of various races and ranging in age from 4 to 32 years old. The centre enrolls the help of volunteers, part-time and full-time teachers to teach the children. Apart from the daily Teaching Learning, the volunteers and teachers assess children and plan educational programmes for the children. They also facilitate and supervise the programmes in the centre. Our objectives of providing free services, involvement of parents, and emphasizing on the holistic training approach have contributed to the success of our autistic children for the past 36 years. The progress and success of our children in achieving their developmental milestones and being included into the mainstream education, workforce and community have made all our sacrifices and efforts worthwhile.

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Special Education Teacher Full Time

Up to MYR2,500 Per Month
27 Jul 2024