History

History

 

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Persatuan Kanak-Kanak Cerebral Palsy Johor (PKKCPJ) is one of the organizations in Malaysia which specializes in educating, training, treating and providing special need for children afflicted with Cerebral Palsy (CP). PKKSJ was formed with the initiative and effort of Dr. Samuel Abraham, a paediatric medical consultant. In June 1967, PKKCPJ was formed with a pro-term Committee consisting of representatives from Government Hospital, Department of Welfare, Department of Education, Army and Voluntary Organizations.

 

The aim was the eventual establishment of a day school and therapy centre for children with CP. In April 21st 1968, PKKCPJ was formally registered under Registrar of Societies. In February 1968, the treatment and education of 8 children began in a borrowed room at the Jubilee Home. In 1969, the State Government permitted the use of old Government Quarters at Bukit Meldrum. Finally in 1970, the Association was provided with a permanent site at 138, Jalan Dato Menteri through the generosity of the State government. In July 1988, the Special Education School shifted to present building. It started with 3 classrooms in the morning and 3 classrooms in the afternoon with 6 teachers. Another milestone reached in 1988 is the Association’s participation, as one of the Founder members, in the National Spastic Children’s Association.

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The present building for the Spastics Children’s Association of Johor was planned in early 1980’s by some founder committee members of the Association. But plans were shelved due to insufficient funds, soaring prices of building materials and the high cost of labour. In early 1985, Dr. Tibbs Fernandez, the Acting Chairman, convinced the Management Committee to go ahead with the project in order to fulfill the pledges made to the many generous donors. A Sub-Committee was immediately appointed to see to the planning and construction of the new building. Site excavation work commenced in December 1986. in March 1987, YAB Tan Sri Haji Muhyiddin B. Haji Mohd. Yassin, the Menteri Besar of Johor and the President of this Association laid the foundation stone. Construction work commenced thereafter, and Phase I at a cost of RM600,000.00 was ready for occupation in July 1988. In 1992, a proper school was build with 8 classrooms, 3 rehabilitation units with hydrotherapy pool. When Datin Paduka Hajah Rohayah binti Awang was the Chairman, with the help of the State Government and funds collected from various activities, she and her committee members were able to set up a building in 1996 with a multipurpose hall and a canteen which became a source of steady income.

 

The main objective of the Association is to provide special program for the development of children and young adults with Cerebral Palsy. So when Tunku Yan Nazihah bte Tunku Laxamana Nasir came in as Chairman of the Association in 2002, she and her committee, together with the dedicated staff, held many group discussions to upgrade the services further.

 

On 29 January 2014, Spastic Children’s Association of Johor are now officially known as Cerebral Palsy Johor .